Sunday, March 28, 2010

Irish Stew

This weekend, I simply made a conventional "Irish Stew":  lamb chunks, potatoes, carrots, peas, seasoned with salt and pepper and rosemary. (Yes, I missed St. Patrick's Day, obviously.)

It occurred to me to wonder how far back "Irish Stew" goes.  In its present form it can't go back much further than the 16th century or so, because the potato is not native to Europe.  But the rest of the ingredients go way back.  (Though Wikipedia mentioned that there are many different kinds of peas, and I'm not sure how far back the modern green pea goes.) 

I expect this week to be very busy.  Perhaps next week I'll be more experimental.

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