Skip the green eggs this St. Patrick’s Day and whet your culinary curiosity with five of our favorite Irish blogs. Filled with authentic recipes and plenty of culinary know-how, we suggest you grab a Guinness and soak up these vibrant accounts of life in the land of saints and scholars.
Socially conscious foodie extraordinaire is the only way to describe Jack Monroe. The Ireland-based blogger is a vocal supporter for hunger and poverty initiatives like Oxfam and Child Poverty Action Group, but also finds time to document her gastronomic masterpieces. Carb lovers won’t be able to resist her take on traditional Irish soda bread with the tangy punch of Bramley apples. For American measurements, use this trusty conversion calculator.
Donal Skehan is the culinary triple threat: cook, cookbook author and television personality. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s got winsome, Irish good looks and musical talent to boot. Skehan’s bright blog showcases everything from seasonal menus to traditional Irish bites like Good Auld Bacon and Cabbage, Chili, Garlic and Lime Dublin Prawns, and Irish Stew (pictured above), just to name a few.
Breathtaking photographs (from fellow list-maker Donal Skehan) capture everything from decadent desserts to the misty allure of the Irish countryside. Feast, edited by Ross Golden-Bannon, has a sense of sophistication on par with Food & Wine, but still maintains the down home appeal of everyday on the Emerald Isle. We really can’t get over the Brown Hound Bakery Lemon Temples as a refreshing accompaniment to an early-spring tea.
Lover of world cuisine, but a faithful devotee to Ireland, Chef Terry Lyons showcases the beautiful simplicity of cooking seasonally. Lyons, too, appeared on a competitive cooking show, making it all the way to the finals on Masterchef. His philosophy on food and entertaining is simple: “Believe in yourself. Cook from the heart. Open your mind to new things.” Just in time for spring, we can’t wait to try Lyons’ Apple Blackberry Tart.
Johnston garnered major attention after his unpredictably-short stint on Ireland’s The Taste. Lucky for us, even though his time on the show is over, he can still be found at Feast or Famine showcasing his fun-loving Irish perspective on cuisine. Sleek monochromatic design, snapshots and candid insights into reality television make the blog a must visit.
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