March 18, 2016
One winter day about 10 years back, Neill Laughlin was walking his dog past a Fishtown pub when he happened upon a curious scene: The establishment was overflowing with boisterous and visibly intoxicated individuals, each one, he said, "dressed in green and wasted at noon. " Sincerely mystified, he asked a few patrons what they were whooping up. "Don't you know? It's St. Patrick's Day!" Born and raised in Belfast, Laughlin, co-owner of Sassafras in Old City, knew full well that March 17 was still three weeks away.
March 17, 2016
Make 4 servings 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup buttermilk 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1. Combine and mix dry ingredients in a bowl, then add buttermilk. Using your hands, work the mixture together in the bowl, forming a loose ball, before turning out onto a flour-dusted surface. 2. Lightly knead the dough, being careful not to overwork it, into a circular shape about half an inch thick. 3. Once dough is formed, cut an X across the circle, forming four equal-sized farls, or pieces.
March 15, 2013 |
This classic Irish quick bread - no rising time needed - lends itself to numerous creative variations. Traditional recipes often call for nothing but flour, salt, baking soda and buttermilk or yogurt. Currants are a common addition, but that's just the start. Any number of seeds, nuts, chopped dried fruit, and even chocolate can be added. For our take on soda bread, we decided to have a little of everything. We started with a rich take on the classic recipe, studding it with currants and caraway seeds.
March 17, 2008 |
It was 2:55 p.m., nearly dismissal time, when the P.A. box in the front of my sixth-grade classroom crackled to life: "Sister, will you send Elizabeth McGinley to the principal's office - immediately. " Sister Alice Regina looked at me - "What have you done?" clearly written on her face - and said, "All right, Elizabeth, you heard Mother Superior. " My seat mate, Mary Patricia, her blouse collar as crisp and white as it had been at 8:30 a.m., pointed to my left navy knee-high sock, which was bunched around my ankle.
February 28, 2008
Q: If an Irish soda bread recipe calls for shortening, can you use olive oil instead? Do you have a traditional Irish soda bread recipe that you can share? Thank you. - Brenda M. A: I'm envious of anyone who can say they are 100 percent or a first-generation American of any nationality because I am a 100 percent American Mutt. Oh sure, Coleman has Irish roots, but those roots have been grafted with Scottish, English, German (the list goes on) stock. But today, since we're talking about soda bread, my Irish eyes are smilin'.
March 13, 2002 |
Name five famous Irish exports. High on that list are Waterford crystal, Irish linen, Belleek china, Irish whiskey, and shamrocks. (Sorry, leprechauns aren't exported.) Now try naming five Irish gourmet dishes. It may be a bit harder, but today it's not impossible. Ireland is not, and never was, a melting pot of cultures. The country, no larger than the state of Maine, is isolated. Hanging out there in the Atlantic off the coast of England and Scotland, it was never much of a destination for conquering navies.
March 14, 1997 |
From now through Monday, which is St. Patrick's Day, just about every pub, restaurant and bar with an Irish name - and many of those without one - will be serving the likes of corned beef and cabbage. At The Bards, on Walnut Street near 20th, the truth is that you can have some fine Irish food without indulging in even a forkful of that brine-cured brisket - which is certainly a worthy dish, but in no way a reflection of true Irish cuisine. The restaurant is operated by Patrick and Regina Whelan of Dublin.
March 12, 1997 |
The cool, moist climate of Ireland that turns valleys and hills a lush emerald green calls for sturdy fare. Hence the popularity of such national delights as steaming bowls of nourishing Irish beef stew; baked, fried or roasted potatoes; and glasses brimming with stout - all good examples of proper "filler" fare. Woven into the fabric of the meal are the baked products of the country, and in Ireland, that means fresh-baked, compact and craggy, full-flavored Irish soda bread, a perfect addition for your own St. Patrick's Day celebration Monday.
February 10, 1997 |
What's the difference between an Irishman and a Scotsman? According to Bill Reid, not that much. "They're Celtic cousins," he says. This weekend, festival promoter Reid - who is of Scottish descent and married to an Irish woman - brought together kilt-clad clans and Irish lads and lasses for a family reunion of sorts. The occasion was the fifth annual Scottish and Irish Music Festival and Fair, a midwinter celebration melding the lands' heritages, music, crafts and culture.