Jun 20, 2011

Bangors and Mash & More!

Photo by avlxyz
The Irish have such interesting names for things, don't you think? Like mashed potatoes and sausages, for instance. If you don't speak the lingo, at least now you know what bangors and mash is.

Also, Freckle Bread is simple raisin bread; Black Pudding is made with pig's blood; Soda Bread is a quick bread made with raisins (okay, it's better than that sounds, but you get the idea); Wheaten bread is soda bread made, I think, with some whole wheat flour; The Black Stuff is dark ale, probably Guinness; Colcannon is a dish made from cabbage, potatoes, and leeks;  Brack is a sweet bread for tea, usually with fruit; Coddle is a one pot meal of bacon, sausage, potatoes, onions, and maybe barley and carrots and a few other things. And by the way, bacon is not bacon. Not sure if you can find American type bacon in Ireland, but I haven't been everywhere. Rashers is bacon and that's more like thick ham.

Colcannon Photo by cyberpenguin
I know I've missed a lot here. But my point is to point out how creatively the Irish name their dishes and how it's probably a good idea to study up on the terms before you go. There are some things you have to discover for yourself, however. Here are two things I learned about the food: yogurt in Ireland (and probably in Europe in general) is not the same as it is here. At least what I ate wasn't. Probably the bacteria is different, I'm not sure. But being lactose-intolerant I can eat yogurt because of the healthy cultures. But...uh...didn't seem to be so in Ireland so I'll skip it next time. Another thing we discovered was that vegetable soup is not like ours, which is generally tomato-based. This was good, but a clear broth with mostly onions, leeks, and carrots.

Here are a few other tips: Coffee is much, much, stronger. Be warned. And if you get hungry for chicken salad, wait until you get home. A chicken salad sandwich in Ireland is bread, cold chicken, and some lettuce. Scones are wonderful, but as varied from restaurant to restaurant as they are in America.

I'm not knocking the food, though, not at all. Try something new when you're in Ireland. Fish and chips might not be new, but I don't know how you can go to Ireland or England and not have some. And don't forget the tea and biscuits! :)
My Irish Wheaten bread, which tasted better than it looked.

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