We’re coming close to the end of my RTÉ One series which finishes up next week. I’ve had such lovely feedback on twitter and facebook and I am so thrilled to hear it has brought back some wonderful food memories for many. In last week’s episode I learned the traditional Irish method of planting potatoes and I got to cook surprisingly delicious cheddar yeast rolls with mashed potato as a key ingredient, in a bastible over an open fire. While, Marie O’Toole a lifelong member of the Irish Country Women’s Association, spoke about the electrification of Ireland, it’s effects on the Irish home kitchen and the great work of the ICA who continue to promote cooking skills throughout their nationwide network of members.
In this week’s episode I meet former politician and English teacher, Mary O’Rourke, who shared her memories of Theodora FitzGibbon, whose food writing she often used in her classes. Mary shared fond memories of learning how to cook and in particular a recipe for éclairs from Irish food writer Maura Laverty. I also try my hand at two wonderful retro recipes, a braised Rabbit Pie and a moist and creamy Black Forest Gateaux. Make sure to tune in to RTÉ One at 8.30pm on Tuesday nights for more. Check out the recipes from last weeks and tonights episode below.
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