March 17, 2009
Usually when people think of a rich culinary history, France is typically the country that comes up in most everyone's minds. True, France has a beautiful food history, but many other countries posses an interesting tale when it comes to food, and Ireland is no exception.
I found a fantastic online article about Ireland's history in the eatin' department.
Check out the full article here.
For instance, prior to the potato famine that most people associate with Irish cuisine, the country's food stock was plentiful. As the author notes, soft rains and moderating influence of the Gulf Stream created a temperate land where wheat, barley, oats, and rye were easily cultivated and grazing cows, sheep, and goats produced superior dairy products. This is definitely something any baker can apreciate!
So, in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, I suggest you take a minute to educate yourself on the history of Ireland's palate - it's an interesting read.