Sunday 22 January 2017

Irish food: no longer soakage for a day on the razz

Published 09/06/2015 | 02:30

'Chef Sid Sheahan is so passionate about nutrition and the food foraging, he might even teach Bear Grylls a thing or two'
'Chef Sid Sheahan is so passionate about nutrition and the food foraging, he might even teach Bear Grylls a thing or two'

Our rural Irish ancestors ate bacon and cabbage 364 days a year and only at Christmas was the menu changed - but not as much as you might think. For didn't we bring in Brussels sprouts, which are no more than cabbage balls? And sure isn't ham bacon?

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But now men are wearing aprons and oven gloves and cooking the dinner. Weren't they the happy days when the women attended to our every need? A man back then would nearly have to hire in a neurosurgeon to take the cap off his egg. Herself did everything for him.

The Listowel Food Fair kicks off on Thursday, June 18, and ends the following Sunday with a hugely imaginative cheffed-up barbecue and farmers' market. Our Food Fair was the first in Ireland. This year's festival is the 25th and it will be the best yet.

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