Week 4: Ireland

Beer Floats
Beer Floats

Although I didn’t grow up over celebrating all things Irish, my parents gifted me with an unmistakably Irish name- Kelly O’Brien. Everywhere I went my friends parents and grandparents would ask in various accents “are ye Irish?”. I loved it. It gave me a connection to my ancestors and an identity that I was proud of. For the holiest of Irish holiday’s, St Patrick’s Day, my dad used to cook Corned Beef and Cabbage. He didn’t cook it every year, but he did cook it often enough to know it’s not my favorite Irish dish. When we set out to cook traditional Irish food I knew I wanted to go with the dish that is comforting, uncomplicated, and family style; Shepard’s Pie. Continue reading