Monday, March 17, 2008

What?! Corned Beef is NOT Irish??!?!

I am having corned beef anyway....and a tall glass of Guiness!!

We did some searching to see if this dish that has been tradition for us for as long as we can remember is really the Irish tradition and this is what we found:

I just want to put something straight
About what should be on your plate
,If it's corned beef you're makin'
You're sadly mistaken,
That isn't what Irishmen ate.

If you ever go over the pond
You'll find it's of bacon they're fond,
All crispy and fried,
With some cabbage beside,
And a big scoop of praties beyond.

Your average Pat was a peasant
Who could not afford beef or pheasant.
On the end of his fork
Was a bit of salt pork,
As a change from potatoes 'twas pleasant.

This custom the Yanks have invented,
Is an error they've never repented,
But bacon's the stuff
That all Irishmen scoff,
With fried cabbage it is supplemented.

So please get it right this St. Paddy's.
Don't feed this old beef to your daddies.
It may be much flasher,
But a simple old rasher,
Is what you should eat with your tatties.

This was a cute lil' poem I found browsing that tells how it is!!!

We read on to find that the traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage is NOT the Irish way! It's a Myth!!!

Here is what was written:

So, what meat did the Irish eat?
History tells us that pork was always the favorite. In ancient times, cattle were prized as a common medium for barter. The size of one's herd was an indication of status, wealth and power -- hence all the stories of tribal chieftains and petty kings endlessly rustling one another's cattle.

It was in the late 19th century that it began to take root. When the Irish emigrated to America and Canada, where both salt and meat were cheaper, they treated beef the same way they would have treated a "bacon joint" at home in Ireland: they soaked it to draw off the excess salt, then braised or boiled it with cabbage, and served it in its own juices with only minimal spicing - may be a bay leaf or so, and some pepper.
The truth is, that for many Irish people, Corned Beef is too "poor" or plain to eat on a holiday: they'd sooner make something more festive. So, what then, is the Irish national dish - if indeed, there is one!

Patrice Brice says,
When I was growing up, my dad's favorite on St. Patrick's Day was boiled bacon and cabbage and it would appear that is still true in Ireland today. The "bacon joint"- various cuts of salted or smoked and salted pork - is sometimes cooked alone, or it might be braised with a small chicken keeping it company in the pot; it might also be served with vegetables, or with potatoes boiled in their jackets. For holiday eating, the winner would probably be spiced beef, served cold and sliced thin, with soda bread and a pint of Guinness on the side. At our house, we always had Roast Goose at Christmas and Roast Lamb on Easter. In fact, the first time I ever ate Corned Beef & Cabbage was after I came to the U.S. So what will people in Ireland be eating on St. Patrick's Day? The question was put to listeners of South East Radio which reaches south Wicklow and parts of Wexford and Kilkenny. Said one respondent: "Eat? I eat pints."Another referred to the pint of Guinness as a "shamrock sandwich"and one mentioned a dish her family sometimes made which used cabbage, turnip and potatoes to honor the colors of the Irish flag. Of the twenty-five people who were polled, none of them mentioned any specific food as being of any interest.

---all the above quoted/written by Patrice Brice---

Here is another link to what is typically eaten by the Irish on St. Patty's Day:

Sooooo, to conclude:
Corned beef and cabbage is actually said to be a traditional Irish American dish!!
Hmmmmmm, very interesting, indeed!!

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