Irish Cooking Class for Teens at Lois Morgan Edwards Memorial Library, Marshville, NC

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Irish Potato PancakesAs we approach St. Patrick’s Day, we begin to think about the country of Ireland, its culture and traditions. In observing Irish culinary traditions, we find that traditional Irish recipes tend to be very simple. To learn more about Irish Cooking first hand, your teen is invited to join us at the Lois Morgan Edwards Library, 414 Hasty St. in Marshville, NC for the Hands-on Irish Cooking class. This event will be held Thursday,  March 7, 2019, at 5 p.m.

In today’s cooking of Irish themed foods, there is a tendency to take any recipe at random, add a drop of whiskey and then append the word Irish in front of its name! The fact of the matter is that Whiskey is not much used in traditional Irish recipes – the Irish always preferred to drink it rather than cook with it!

Guinness, on the other hand, while not considered a traditional ingredient of Irish recipes, has been used for centuries in stews and marinades.

Traditionally, food was never wasted in the Irish home. For example, very few common Irish households in the past would have eaten beef – this was a food for the rich – but many kept a pig and it is said that they ate every part of it except for the grunt.

It’s impossible to talk about Irish food without mentioning the potato. Even today, the potato remains a staple in the Irish diet. It’s not uncommon to find potatoes cooked two ways on the same dinner plate.

If you have a teen that would like to learn more about traditional Irish cooking, please join me on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at 5 p.m. at the Lois Morgan Edwards Library, 414 Hasty St. in Marshville, NC for the Hands-on Irish Cooking class. We will be making “Boxty,” traditional Irish potato cakes.