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8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm) 
Black & White on Cream paper
136 pages
CEK Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-0998191607
ISBN-10: 0998191604
BISAC: Cooking / Regional & Ethnic / General

I’m Sorry, Ireland

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Lunch in Dublin

I didn’t get the whole story the first time, and for that I apologize!  After traveling to Amsterdam via Dublin several months ago, I wrote about my, ah, lackluster experience finding something decent to eat in the Dublin Airport.  Well, I just passed through the Dublin Airport (sack lunch in tow!) once again.  It turns out, my connection the first time caused me to completely miss the central dining area, which is really quite lovely.  This time, instead of frowning over a $3 million dollar muffin and mediocre coffee, I enjoyed a solid meal.  My travel companion and I dined on fresh lox with sides of marinated beetroot, perfectly seasoned couscous, olive salad, and soda bread.  It still cost approximately $3 million dollars (I may be rounding up a bit), but at least it was satisfying and sustaining for the long flight over the Atlantic.

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Expensive, but more appealing than airplane food!

I’ll say my temporary good-byes to Europe in my next post (I seem to have an unexplained lump in my throat…).  For now, I’ll leave you with a few redeeming photos of dining options, should you find yourself in Dublin!

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Thirsty?

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A chocolate lounge? Why, yes!

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Last minute snacks for the looong plane ride home.

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Irish Truffles

Strawberry Soup (Anraith Sútha Talún) in Dublin, Ireland

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Full disclosure:  I was only in Ireland on a layover between flights.  The food options for travelers passing through Dublin International Airport were, well, not worth featuring here.  As I surveyed the lackluster (and expensive!) options for a quick bite, I found myself longing for Irish strawberries.  Yes, strawberries.  Everyone knows that Irish food culture has a storied history with potatoes, but fewer folks realize that strawberries are also an important crop on the Emerald Isle.  In fact, strawberries account for over 90% of the commercial berry crop in Ireland, generating around 10 million euros ($14 million US dollars) annually.  That’s no small potatoes.

This recipe for a simple, chilled strawberry soup was found in one of my Great Grandmother’s recipe boxes.  Intrigued, I gave it a try.  After all, strawberries sure are plentiful this time of year!  Considering the healthy dose of nutritious berries and calcium rich yogurt in this recipe, I can forgive the sugar.  Serve strawberry soup as a light, summertime dessert, or as an afternoon snack with a mini muffin and a cup of tea.

picture1099Ingredients (makes 6 small bowls)

1 pound fresh, organically grown strawberries

1 1/2 tablespoons tapioca

1 cup orange juice

1/8 teaspoon allspice

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup sugar (a bit less would be fine)

1 tablespoon grated, organic lemon peel

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 cup plain, unsweetened yogurt

Directions

Step 1) Remove green tops from strawberries.  Cut berries into quarters.

picture1103Step 2) Bring strawberries, tapioca, and orange juice to a boil over medium heat in a saucepan.  Remove from heat.

Step 3) Add allspice, cinnamon, sugar, lemon peel, and lemon juice.  Refrigerate 2 hours or longer, until well chilled.

Step 4) Remove a few tablespoons of liquid (not the berries themselves), and whisk into yogurt to thin and blend.  Then, pour thinned yogurt into chilled berry mixture.  Stir and serve in small bowls or tea cups, garnished with a dollop of yogurt and a bit of lemon peel.  Enjoy!

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