Monday, February 11, 2013

Welcome to ‘The Wild Geese Kitchen’

(Right: The dining room at Lynham's Hotel, Laragh, County Wicklow, Ireland.)

We at The Wild Geese are as committed as ever to exploring — and celebrating — the heritage of the Irish worldwide, and never has that mission been more flavorful as now. This week we are launching a new section to our coverage, titled simply “The Wild Geese Kitchen.” Everyone sits up and takes notice when the subject is food. Why? Because everyone loves food! For a long time, in many parts of the world, Mother Ireland was not praised for her prowess in the kitchen. We’ve all heard the slanderous joke about the seven-course Irish meal. But that's all changing: Increasingly, dramatically, foodies are looking to the Emerald Isle as a real player in the world of modern cuisine.

Surrounded by water, Ireland possesses bountiful natural resources in the form of quality, fresh seafood; salmon, lobster, mussels, scallops, prawns and oysters; an abundance of fresh vegetables, including the versatile potato; organic and free-range meats, smokehouse delicacies and Artisanal cheeses and breads.


(Left: Shepherd's Pie, one of the recipes from blogger Irish American Mom.)

In the coming weeks and months, we will highlight some of the outstanding Irish food and spirits and the hundreds of upscale Irish restaurants popping up all over the Emerald Isle and throughout the Irish diaspora, along with the Irish "fusion" dishes they are serving. And remember, we want your input. Contact us with story ideas, and please share your favorite dishes and your favorite restaurants with us!
                                                                 -- Maryann Tracy, Producer of ‘The Wild GeeseKitchen’

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Tags: Hospitality, Kitchen, food

Comment by Mary Orr on March 9, 2013 at 10:06am

I was wondering if there is a difference in the cuisine of Northern Ireland

Comment by The Wild Geese on March 14, 2013 at 1:37pm

Mary, not sure, as this is not an area of specialty for me. Maryann will get back to you. My hunch is that there may be subtle differences, representing the Scottish settler influence that is part of much of Northern Irish culture. It's an intriguing question, one I hope we will explore in the weeks ahead. Orr is an Ulster surname, no? Ger

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