If you’re all set to come to Ireland in the next few months, you probably have a provisional itinerary as long as your arm. Understandable, considering how very much this great green island offers. From outdoor pursuits and natural wonders, to slick city streets and ports steeped in history and culture; you aren’t likely to run out of bits to keep you occupied.
Of course, you’re probably looking at our tours with a view to seeing some of County Antrim’s famous coastline, or learning all you can about Belfast and Derry history, courtesy of our expert tour guides. You may even be planning to visit the famous filming locations of your all-time favourite show, Game of Thrones. Either way, Legends of the North offer experiences you won’t find anywhere else.
That said, whenever you visit somewhere new (or revisit somewhere you love), there’s always something new to try, and Northern Ireland is no different.
Yes, there are lots of things to do and see, but to really get a feel for a place you need to smell and taste it too. Luckily for you, good food and drink is something we Irish do very well.
Just look at some of the traditional Northern Irish flavours you can have fun with and look forward to trying:
- Fresh Breads.
The Emerald Isle is a big fan of fresh bread. There are a few varieties, and you’ll find that most pubs, restaurants and B&Bs bake their own (often from family recipes). And the top three to try out? Potato Bread Farl (potato, flour and buttermilk flat bread cooked on the griddle), Soda Bread (best with salty Irish butter and jam or as part of an Ulster Fry), and Fifteens (a sweet tray bake with a simple recipe that calls for fifteen of every ingredient; 15 digestive biscuits, 15 cherries, 15 marshmallows, etc.).
- Potato Dishes. Potato is one of Ireland’s most common and most popular ingredients, and it is both the star and co-star of many dishes. Colcannon Mash is a simple mix of creamy mashed potatoes and seaweed or kale, and sometimes cabbage. Champ is another mashed potato dish, this time made with milk and chopped spring onions. Boxty, on the other hand, is a filling and starchy potato cake made from 50% cooked, mashed potato and 50% raw, grated potato.
- Soups and Stews.
It can get wet and cold here in Ireland, and times like that call for comfort food in big doses. Vegetable soups and hotchpotch stews work a treat for this, as you can throw in a variety of seasonal veg, meat and stock to create a tasty meal, which can be enjoyed with your freshly baked bread. In coastal areas, seafood stews are particularly tasty too, whilst Guinness infused beef stews are always a winner (and very Irish to boot).
Of course, eating and enjoying these traditional Irish bites is one thing. Knowing how to make them and being able to enjoy them when you’re back at home is quite another. So you’ll want to check out Belfast’s impressive selection of Cookery School Classes, running until the end of 2015.
In the meantime, we’ll be looking forward to seeing you on one of our tours – so don’t be shy about sharing the leftovers!