March 29, 2006

Erin Go Blah No More Originally posted a year ago it continues to be a popular post. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Irish 'modern' cuisine has come a long way from the long held stereotypes of heavy, bland and boiled dinners and other unsophisticated fare. Climate is partly to blame for Ireland's bad culinary rap. Aside from the pragmatic purposes that solid food offers in such a cold and damp place, the other culprit for Ireland's lack of culinary inspiration was simply economics. Couple this with a geographic location that isn't ideal for growing a variety of crops. It was ideal for potatoes, as we all know. History suggests that Sir Walter Raleigh, a native of Ireland, planted the first potato in his native land around 1580. Raleigh had carried the spud from his explorations to Peru. The conditions were perfect; the climate and soil ideal for its cultivation. During the the1980s and 90s Ireland transitioned from an agricultural economy to a high-tech economy—skipping the industrial revolution altogether. The country, with a now-earned nickname of the Celtic Tiger, has one of the fastest growing economies in Europe. Due to this financial windfall, which has resulted in an increasingly sophisticated society the country, and in particular Dublin, has been transformed into an international city. An unknowing upside to skirting the industrial revolution was that it was necessary for everyone to rely on locally produced and home-grown foods from meat and seafood to dairy and vegetables, as there were few roads and factories to work in. Today Ireland’s...


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