Introducing a World of Flavor
A visit to rural Ireland is filled with spectacular views of lush, green hillsides and fields. Ireland's green countryside is perfect for raising cattle and sheep and dairy farming. The country's mild climate provides a long growing season for a variety of vegetables and fruits. Irish cooks take advantage of the local harvest by choosing to cook with high quality, local and fresh ingredients.
Irish cooks keep it simple in the kitchen. Dishes are prepared using basic ingredients and easy to follow recipes.
The common staples in an Irish kitchen include:
- Potatoes (you may have guessed this!)
- Root vegetables (parsnips, carrots, etc...)
- Whole grains
- Beef, mutton (lamb/sheep) and fish
- Dairy products - cheese, milk, butter and buttermilk
Herbs and Spices in Irish Cooking
Herbs grow well in Ireland and are used in many soups, stews and main dishes. Commonly used herbs include parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme and bay leaves. Irish bakers like to use nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and vanilla to create delicious breads and cakes.
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