How to Make Irish Coffee

Black coffee is poured into the mug. Whiskey and at least one level teaspoon of sugar is stirred in until fully dissolved. The sugar is essential for floating liquid cream on top.Thick cream is carefully poured over the back of a spoon initially held just above the surface of the coffee and gradually raised a little.  The layer of cream will float on the coffee without mixing. The coffee is drunk through the layer of cream.


To ensure the integrity of the ingredients of Irish Coffee, NSAI, Ireland’s national standards body, published an Irish Standard, I.S. 417 Irish Coffee, in 1988.

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Green Beer Recipe

Traditionally, light color beer is most preferred to create the green effect as well. Darker beer also can select but you can get a little darker green. It depends on satisfaction of each beer drinkers.

Ingredients

  • Recommended Light Beer or a Guinness Beer (light colored beers will display the green color better)
  • Green Food Coloring

Mixing

Place 2 to 3 drops of green food coloring in the clear glass of Light Beer or Guinness Beer. Pour beer into a glass slowly. Wait for few seconds, the color mixing diluted with beer.

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

All recipes for traditional soda bread contain flour, baking soda, sour milk (buttermilk) and salt. That’s it!!!

This was a daily bread that didn’t keep long and had to be baked every few days. It was not a festive “cake” and did not contain whisky, candied fruit, caraway seeds, raisins (add raisins and it becomes “spotted dog” not to be confused with the pudding made with suet of the same name), or any other ingredient.

 

Ingredients for White Soda Bread

 

4 cups (16 oz) of all purpose flour.
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Teaspoon salt
14 oz of buttermilk

 

Method:

 

Preheat the oven to 425 F. degrees. Lightly crease and flour a cake pan.

 

In a large bowl sieve and combine all the dry ingredients.

 

Add the buttermilk to form a sticky dough. Place on floured surface and lightly knead (too much allows the gas to escape)

 

Shape into a round flat shape in a round cake pan and cut a cross in the top of the dough.

 

Cover the pan with another pan and bake for 30 minutes (this simulates the bastible pot). Remove cover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

 

The bottom of the bread will have a hollow sound when tapped so show it is done.

 

Cover the bread in a tea towel and lightly sprinkle water on the cloth to keep the bread moist.

 

Prefer Brown Bread- See Recipe
Info from www.sodabread.us

 

Soul Food or Irish Twist for your Pig’s Feet

There are many ways to serve pig’s feet, including: boiled, pickled, jellied, or barbequed. MCCN is presenting you with two ways to pig-out with pig feet. First see the recipe for southern style pig’s feet  to satisfy the spicy soul food yearning. It’s a staple in many a southerner or African-American’s New Year’s Day dinner celebration. Secondly, we have an Irish recipe commonly called Crubeens. It’s a braised pig’s feet (trotters) dish generally eaten by our Irish friends right out of the hand. It’s usually consumed after coming from a night at the pub.

Recipe for Southern Style Pig Feet 

Ingredients

  • 8 -10 pig’s feet , washed throughly
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 onions , chopped
  • 2 bell peppers , chopped
  • 2 celery ribs , chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon Accent seasoning (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

Preparation

Wash pig’s feet thoroughly in warm water. Place all ingredients in large pot or dutch oven. Add water to cover pigs feet. Boil until tender. Add more water if necessary.

Recipe from FamilyOven.com

Yields: 4-6 servings

Crubeen (Pig’s Feet) Recipe

Ingredients 

  • 6 pig’s trotters (from the hind legs)
  • 1 onion stuck with 6 cloves
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 12 peppercorns
  • Salt
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 sprig thyme

Preparation

Combine pig’s feet, onion, carrot, bay leaf, peppercorns, salt, parsley, and thyme in a heavy pot or Dutch oven and pour in water to barely cover all. Gently bring contents to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for at least 3 hours.

Crubeens may be eaten hot or cold.

Yields: 2 servings

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Irish Weddings Traditions

Article by Bridget Haggerty-There are so many other traditions, customs and just an incredible amount of folklore to draw upon, that it would be remiss to be of Irish descent and not take advantage of all the possibilities. Here are just a few ideas culled from what eventually has become a 200-plus page book called ‘The Traditional Irish Wedding’ and it is now available in the United States and will be released in Ireland this spring. As complete as I could make it, the book covers attire, decor, menus, recipes, music, toasts, vows, and perhaps of most value, a resource listing that will help you find everything from Irish wedding gowns and tiaras to sheet music for a Celtic Mass. (Click to See Listing of Traditons and Hear the Irish Wedding Song)

The Multi Cultural Cheryl Burke

With Dancing with the Stars back in the limelight, MCCN thought it was a good time to focus on iconic dancer Cheryl Bautista Burke.    In an interview with thatsfit.com, Burke confessess some of her food faves such as an egg white omlet on wheat toast makes her best healthy foods list and simple bread and butter on her not so healthy food list.

 Think egg white omlet and lots of exercise upon admiring her fabulous shape.  Burke is trained in standard ballroom and Latin dances.  The celebrity of Filipino descent makes millions of Asians around the world proud as she is still one of few the regular Asian American  personalities on primetime TV in the states.  On October 20, 2007, Cheryl won the Role Model Award at the 7th Annual Filipino/American Library Gala. Watch her 2008  acceptance  speech of the Asian Excellence Award.  Burke  is also part Irish and Russian.

St. Patrick’s Day Festivals and Parades

Visit the official home of the Multi Cultural Cooking Network for St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade Listings:

Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade

New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Baltimore Irish History and Heritage Festival

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Hollywood, CA: St. Patrick’s Day Festival

San Diego Shamrock Festival

Irish Coffee Cake Recipe

Ingredients

        —–CAKE—–
   4      ounces        Butter — at room temperature
   4      ounces        Granulated sugar
   2                    Eggs
   4      ounces        Self-raising flour
   2      tablespoons   Coffee essence**
                        —–IRISH COFFEE SYRUP—–
150      milliliters   Strong black coffee
   4      ounces        Sugar (for coffee syrup)
   4      tablespoons   Irish whiskey
                        —–ICING—–
150      milliliters   Heavy whipping cream
                        Confectioners’sugar to taste
   1      tablespoon    Whiskey — or to taste
                        Chopped nuts*

Directions

*Or grated chocolate. **

This is a concentrated, liquid coffee easily found in Ireland, but probably not in the States. I would dissolve 2 T of a good instant coffee (Taster’s Choice or something similar) in an equivalent amount of water, and use that. — Grease and flour an 8-inch cake pan (preferably a springform cheesecake pan). Preheat oven to 350F. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the eggs, adding a little flour and beating well after each addition. Stir in the coffee essence, and mix thoroughly. Turn the mixture into the prepared pan, and bake for 35-40 minutes until springy to the touch. Turn out and cool on a wire rack. . To make the Irish coffee syrup, put the coffee and sugar into a small pan and bring up to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Then boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add the whiskey. . Wash and dry the pan the cake was baked in, and return the cooled cake to it: then pour the hot coffee syrup all over it. Leave in a cool place for several hours, then turn out. Whip the cream until it’s thick, sweeten slightly with confectioners’ sugar, and add whiskey to taste. Spread the cake with the whipped cream and chill for an hour before sprinkling with chopped nuts or grated chocolate.

*Exported from  MasterCook  *

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History of Irish Coffee

The original Irish coffee was invented by Joseph Sheridan, a head chef at Foynes, County Limerick but originally from Castlederg, County Tyrone. Foynes’ port was the precursor to Shannon International Airport in the west of Ireland; the coffee was conceived after a group of American passengers disembarked from a Pan Am flying boat on a miserable winter evening in the 1940s. Sheridan added whiskey to the coffee to warm the passengers. After the passengers asked if they were being served Brazilian coffee, Sheridan told them it was Irish coffee.

 
A mug of Baileys coffee

Stanton Delaplane, a travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, brought Irish coffee to the United States after drinking it at Shannon Airport, when he worked with the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco to start serving it on November 10, 1952,  and worked with the bar owners Jack Koeppler and George Freeberg to recreate the Irish method for floating the cream on top of the coffee, sampling the drink one night until he nearly passed out.  The group also sought help from the city’s then mayor, George Christopher, who owned a dairy and suggested that cream aged at least 48 hours would be more apt to float.  Delaplane popularized the drink by mentioning it frequently in his travel column, which was widely read throughout America. In later years, after the Buena Vista had served, by its count, more than 30 million of the drinks, Delaplane and the owners grew tired of the drink. A friend commented that the problem with Irish coffee is that it ruins three good drinks: coffee, cream, and whiskey.

Tom Bergin’s Tavern in Los Angeles, also claims to have been the originator and has had a large sign in place reading “House of Irish Coffee” since the early 1950s.

In Spain a “Café Irlandés” (“Irish Coffee”) is sometimes served with a bottom layer of whiskey, a separate coffee layer, and a layer of cream on top. Special devices are sold for making Café Irlandés -(Wikepedia)

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Face it, the Irish & Italian-American Actor Bradley Cooper Sizzles

Valentine's Day: Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts

He played the character Face in the remake of the A-Team Movie,  the star of the Hangover showed women a case of when He’s(your husband) Just Not That Into You, shared scene stealing moments with Julia Roberts in Valentine’s Day, it is fairly obvious to say Bradley Cooper’s career is sizzling.  And did we mention that he cooks too!  In an interview with People magazine the actor shared this statement:

“I seriously love to cook… My grandmother was an amazing cook. As a kid I used to help her make handmade pasta, Cavatelli and Ravioli. It was one of my favorite things to do. I love the idea of making whatever is in the fridge into something.”
Before his breakout success in movies, his love for cooking had a chance to be played out in Fox’s Kitchen Confidential where Cooper’s character was based on the memoir of star chef Anthony Bourdain (Cooper’s character is renamed Jack Bourdain).
What else do women want to know about the tall piercing blue-eyed actor? In an interview with CBS News he shared  if he had a girlfriend, he would cook her “whatever she wants.”