'Forgotten Skills of Cooking' on Serious Eats
For our final recipe from Forgotten Skills of Cooking by Darina Allen I couldn't resist sharing this riff on an Irish Soda bread known as Spotted Dog. As far as I can tell, the whimsical name either refers to the spotting of raisins on the bread's surface, or it's a derivative of spotted dick, a steamed pudding dotted with currants.
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On this side of the Atlantic, corned beef and cabbage may be about as Irish as a dish gets, but according to Darina Allen author of Forgotten Skills of Cooking bacon and cabbage is Ireland's national dish. It calls for whole loin bacon, a British Isles export, which is cooked along with the cabbage, sliced before serving, and paired with a creamy parsley sauce.
This Irish Porter Cake from Forgotten Skills of Cooking by Darina Allen is the St. Patrick's Day version of of a Christmas fruit cake—except you actually want to eat this one since it's doused in Guinness and ridiculously delicious.
As the cream cools it separates into two layers: the creamy top, perfect for spreading on scones (or anything else for that matter) and a thinner cream which cookbook author Darina Allen says will keep for several weeks and can be used in any recipe that calls for heavy cream.
Darina Allen might not be a household name in the States but she has been championing local cuisine and produce since 1983 in her native Ireland. She's been called both the Irish Julia Child and Alice Waters, and has made it her mission to reintroduce a new generation of cooks to the integral but often forgotten cooking skills. Every day this week, we'll be sharing recipes from her new book, Forgotten Skills of Cooking. Enter to win a copy here.