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Old 06-12-2009, 05:16 AM   #11
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i did and yes that isn't an irish stew by any stretch more of a veggie stew BUT his post was a bit rough ............... well never mind thats just my opinion. thanks for the clear up of the bacon. so you are saying that our bacon in the usa has more meat?
Perhaps yes, I am not sure, but it is the more flavoursome part of the cut.
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:20 AM   #12
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Perhaps yes, I am not sure, but it is the more flavoursome part of the cut.
ok all this bacon talk is driving me crazy. i rarely cook breakfast during the week, the girls usually have cold cereal, but i think i will be making bacon and eggs today instead of tomorrow!! LOL
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:26 AM   #13
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archiduc was being tongue in cheek msmofet. See the "ancestors spinning in their graves" bit to let you know that.
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:59 PM   #14
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archiduc was being tongue in cheek msmofet. See the "ancestors spinning in their graves" bit to let you know that.

I think by capitalizing everything he wanted to emphasize made it a little more than tongue in cheek, and knowing quite a few Irish and Irish-Americans, the "ancestors" quip was a real one. My wife's family is from County Cork, mine from the area near Inverness Scotland (McKay clan), and we both knew it wasn't traditional Irish stew, but there are far more atrocities being done to Irish people today (some in the UK still consider them second class citizens, Irish police are not even allowed to be Catholics ... in this day and age!) than stealing their idea of stew, that would make them spin in their graves :)

If you really want to be traditional, the potato being Irish is a myth. Potatoes came from South America and were brought to England and eventually to Ireland as a "rich man's" garden crop. The poor in Ireland weren't even allowed to have any until the 1800's or so. So basically the poor subsiding on potatoes didn't occur in the long line of Irish history until about 200 years ago ... and just before the disease spread by potato occured called the Potato Famine.

Now lamb on the other hand, has been an Irish food since the first Irish person laid eyes on a lamb :)
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:54 PM   #15
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Capitals or not I'm sure archiduc was not intending offense. Many here have strong patriotic feelings and I think members from the US in particular can identify with that. When reading forums there are some things we all need to consider and one of them is regionality. Folks from across the pond speak differently and emphasize things differently in many cases. If you are finding yourself offended its often best to ask "what did you mean?" and you will almost always find the post was meant in jest.

Sorry to hijack all, just thought it was a good place for a reminder! Back to the stew!
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:53 PM   #16
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My grandmothers and aunts all made stobhach gaelach(they were all born there) and all had their own versions. Some would put parsnips in it, turnips, carrots, even barley.
There's also a lot of good spices that we use.Parsley,sage,rosemary,thyme bay leaves.
I think Mandy was trying to make her stew flavorful and low in calories and I applaud her for liking our food.
BTW, anytime I make stew it's Irish. Cause an Irish lass made it! LOL
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