The Irish Kitchen

Covering any and all aspects of Irish cuisine, including recipes, preparation and serving tips, and the ever-evolving history of authentic Irish fare

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Latest Activity: Sep 30, 2023

Welcome to "The Irish Kitchen," a group dedicated to the celebration and expansion of traditional Irish cuisine  Glad to have you aboard.  This is the place to come for legit Irish recipes, culinary history, preparation / serving tips, etc.  We're going to try to keep things as authentic as possible around here.  We'll leave the corned beef & cabbage (which almost nobody here in Ireland knows anything about) for Paddy's Day.  That being said, food and beverage in modern Ireland have enjoyed a period of sustained innovation over the past two decades or so, and we want to reflect that here as well.   

If you have a great Irish recipe you've tried and would like to share, please do.  If you have one you'd like to try and want to share, please do.  Any time you try a recipe you've found here, please come back at some point and give us your impressions, and any suggestions you have that might improve the recipe.

Thanks, everyone ... this should be fun!

Discussion Forum

Christmas Flavors Cookbook Challenge

Started by Kelly O'Rourke. Last reply by The Wild Geese Apr 13, 2015. 4 Replies

Hello, Irish Kitchen Group. Thanks to the generous and talented…Continue

Tags: recipes, food, cooking, cookbook, Irish

Countdown to Christmas with Sticky Toffee Pudding

Started by Margaret M. Johnson. Last reply by Margaret M. Johnson Jul 27, 2014. 2 Replies

Both the English and the Irish love this sweet, which is actually more like a cake than a pudding. The beauty of it is that it can be made in…Continue

Tags: dates, food, recipes, toffee, sticky

Traditional Bacon & Cabbage

Started by Ryan O'Rourke Mar 3, 2014. 0 Replies

This is possibly the most Irish of all dinners, and definitely one to opt for instead of corned beef and cabbage (which is scarcely known…Continue

Guinness Applesauce Bars with Lemon Drizzle

Started by Margaret M. Johnson. Last reply by Margaret M. Johnson Feb 24, 2014. 2 Replies

No one was more surprised than I to learn that desserts could be made with Irish stouts, beers, and ales. Drinking them was a no-brainer, and…Continue

Tags: baking, bars, cake, applesauce, Guinness

Norah's Dream Scones

Started by Cynthia Neale. Last reply by Gerry Regan Feb 22, 2014. 1 Reply

This is a recipe from a collection of dessert recipes and essays in my book, Pavlova in a Hat Box, Sweet Memories and Desserts. I once had a Victorian tea catering business and over the years I developed many of my own recipes. As a writer of…Continue

Tags: baking, dreams, writing, scones

Brady's Celtic Honey Apple Tart

Started by Ruthie Colcombe. Last reply by Ryan O'Rourke Feb 16, 2014. 1 Reply

.This lovely sweet is an Irish version of a classic French dessert, Normandy TartIt is best served warm with Whipped Cream or a French vanilla…Continue

Tags: Dessert, Sweet, Apples, Honey, Celtic

Brady's Irish Cream Chocolate Cheesecake

Started by Ruthie Colcombe. Last reply by Carolina G-Smith Oct 9, 2016. 2 Replies

This cheesecake contains the best…Continue

Tags: Food, Recipes, Irish, Cream, Cheesecake


Started by Ryan O'Rourke. Last reply by Mary Collins Dolan Mar 6, 2014. 3 Replies

Boxty (bacstaí or arán bocht tí "poor-house bread") is a traditional Irish potato pancake.  The dish is mostly associated with the north…Continue

Tags: Breakfast, Potatoes

Rich Chocolate Bread & Butter Pudding with Irish Cream Sauce

Started by Ruthie Colcombe. Last reply by Kerry J Stevenson Feb 1, 2014. 1 Reply

Bread & Butter Pudding was one of the many loved desserts of my childhood. My grandmother would butter the bread, add dried fruit, cover…Continue

Tags: festive, celebration, cream, Irish, dessert

Comment Wall

Comment by Ryan O'Rourke on May 9, 2013 at 2:35am

Anybody else here a user / member at  It's a great site with a HUGE library of user-submitted recipes (and reviews of those recipes).  I've set up a mirror group for us there also called "The Irish Kitchen" where we can post links to the recipes here we deem worthy of passing along to the multitudes who use that site.  Maybe they'll want to join us here at The Wild Geese.

If you don't have a profile there, I highly recommend registering one, then joining our group there.  BigOven has great apps for the iPhone and iPad, too (and Android too, I think).

Comment by Gerry Regan on May 9, 2013 at 1:04pm

What are the basic ingredients -- and utensils -- that every devotee of Irish traditional cooking might want to have on hand? And these might differ, I gather, from those needed for Irish 'fusion' cooking.

Comment by Ryan O'Rourke on May 9, 2013 at 3:56pm

I'd like to welcome Maryann Tracy to the group!  Maryann was really the brains behind this whole "Irish Kitchen" thing to begin with, and we'll all benefit from having her here to help make this a thriving little group within the greater Wild Geese community.

Comment by Ryan O'Rourke on May 9, 2013 at 3:58pm

Ger ... Basic ingredients is an interesting discussion, because Irish cuisine is evolving at an amazing rate -- perhaps as much as any genre in the world right now!  Seafood has always been and will always be at the forefront.  Beef, lamb, potatoes, of course.  We'll delve into that more as we go along.

Comment by Carolyn Flynn Fay on September 17, 2013 at 8:16pm
Can you send me the best gluten-free recipe for soda bread?
Thanks Carolyn Flynn Fay
Comment by Ryan O'Rourke on September 18, 2013 at 3:47am

Hi, Carolyn.

I've done some gluten-free baking for friends who are gluten-intolerant, but I've never tried a gluten-free soda bread.  I searched for what I think will give the best results, and here's the recipe I'm going to suggest:

Please come back here and let us know how it turns out, maybe with a photo or two!

~ Ryan

Comment by Margaret M. Johnson on January 5, 2014 at 12:31pm

Hello Irish kitchen members. I've just joined so I need to decide what recipe to submit first. I've written 10 Irish cookbooks (working on my 11th) so I have plenty of material. See more about me,  my cookbooks, and my "FLavors of Ireland" tour scheduled for Oct. 7-15, 2014, on my website Cheers for now!

Comment by Cynthia Neale on February 22, 2014 at 10:43am

I have one of your books, Margaret M. Johnson! Love it and have used it many times. Interesting to see you on this site. I've just joined.

Comment by Maryann Tracy on February 24, 2014 at 12:14pm

A shout out to Margaret Johnson. We have a real celebrity in our group! Loved your website and I'll definitely be looking for your books! 

Comment by Ryan O'Rourke on February 24, 2014 at 12:29pm

I'll second that shout-out, Maryann!  Margaret ... hope you'll post some of your favourite recipes here from time to time (without giving too much from your books away, of course).  :-)


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