Raise your hand and eat corned beef and cabbage tomorrow. Hmm. Despite what our american cousins thinkit won’t appear on many dinner tables on these shores as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Much more likely, there will be a large joint of bacon or ham, with cabbage, kale, or better yet, colcannon on the side. Our chef Paul Flynn turns a rack of bacon and a head of Savoy cabbage into something worthy of a festive treat.
Recipe: Rack of roasted bacon, cream of coleslaw, mustard and apple
Now that pasta is practically an Irish national dish, Chef Brian McDermott takes bacon and cabbage and turns them into an Irish-Italian dinner that can be on the table in 15 minutes.
Recipe: Bacon and Cabbage with Orzo Pasta
Food writer, filmmaker and photographer Imen McDonnell uses the same two ingredients and brings a multicultural touch with his Bacon and Cabbage Sticks Recipe.
Recipe: Saint-Patrick’s Day bacon and cabbage
Perhaps this is the chowder you’ll crave the day after tomorrow, to remind you of Ireland’s wonderful seafood, breezy spring walks, and a visit to the pub for a big steaming bowl. Carmel Somers’ version added a piece of carrageenan, to amplify the taste of the ocean, but you can add any dried sea vegetable, now quite widely available.
Recipe: Seafood chowder with seaweed
The vegetarian soup created by Happy Pear twins Stephen and David Flynn could be the Irish flag in a bowl, with its vibrant palette of green, white and orange. Glasswort is increasingly easy to find, often stocked with sachets of fresh herbs in supermarkets and fishmongers.
Recipe: Salicornia chowder, cider and vegetables
If you’re looking for a kitchen project to keep you busy tomorrow, you could try Chef Gary O’Hanlon’s Kale and Shank Terrine, in which you’ll also learn how to make his version of the salad cream. A well spent afternoon.
Recipe: Kale and pork knuckle terrine with pickles and salad cream
Or maybe it’s a family lunch or an easier-paced side dish that will be your nod to Irish culinary traditions on our National Day, in which case the apples of Lilly Higgins’ colcannon baked earth can do the trick.
Recipe: Baked Potatoes with Colcannon
And for dessert or afternoon tea, Vanessa Greenwood’s Irish Whiskey Cake is just about perfect for the day there. But you’ll have to get started today, because the mixture of drizzled dried fruit, butter, and sugar needs to macerate for a total of nine hours.
Recipe: Irish whiskey cake
Or maybe it’s the perfect Irish cafe that will round off your St. Patrick’s Day celebration with some Irish food and drink. You can read about how to make the perfect Irish coffee here.