Something many Land of Marvels readers might not realize is that I love to cook. It’s always been a big passion of mine and baking, cooking, and hosting dinner parties is something that I love to do and try to do as much as my schedule permits. Food is also such a huge part of travel and as Nick and I have ventured around the world, we’ve fallen in love with so many cultures through their food. So in this new Land of Marvels series, as I learn to cook different cultural food from around the world, I’ll share the process and recipes here so you can have an exotic culinary adventure yourself as well! Welcome to Global Food: A Night in Ireland!
Before I get into my Mexico posts (which are starting tomorrow!), I wanted to go back a few weeks to recap another Global Food dinner party I recently hosted. My grandparents recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and in celebration of that, I hosted them and other family members at our apartment for a Night in Ireland! My grandmother’s family is from Ireland and the country has always had a great impact on our family over the years. So I thought, what better way to celebrate than with a country-themed dinner!
I drew inspiration for the menu from our trip to Ireland a couple years ago as well as some classic UK favorites from various trips. I wanted the flavors of that part of the world to really come through, as well as for the dinner to be full of classic, comforting foods with little touches of Ireland throughout.
My table-scape was gray and white with touches of deep greens throughout. Green candles, olive-green succulents for the centerpiece and green and white napkins helped set that theme. As to cooking, I started early in the day with the prep work for the vegetables, then moved onto the Soda Bread, preparing the cheeses for appetizer and roasting the vegetables for my soup course. I also prepared my leg of lamb in a marinade and then roasted it for a couple hours while everything else was finished up. Finally, it was time to pull everything together and here’s what we enjoyed for a Night in Ireland and how to replicate some of the recipes yourself!