Cookbook Recap and Photos: My Irish Table and Meatless All Day

I don't have a new recipe to share with you today, hopefully it will be up this weekend. I'm still waiting on a shipment of chocolate molds to arrive, for some reason they decided to chill out in Miami, FL this week instead of making their way up to Wisconsin. Personally I don't blame them, the weather down there is much nicer this time of year.

In the meantime I thought you might like to see some the photos I've been posting on instagram from My Irish Table and Meatless All Day. I don't have permission from the publisher to post recipes from the cookbooks I review, but I can photograph the recipes I've tested out. I've been fortunate enough to try out some amazing new recipes this month.

My Irish Table: Recipes from the Homeland and Restaurant Eve by Cathal Armstrong and David Hagedorn

Irish Soda Bread
Boiling Bacon with Parsley Sauce (see notes below)

Colcannon and Glazed Baby Carrots (I may have devoured these before I remembered to photograph them, they were just that good!)

My thoughts on the recipes I tried from My Irish Table:

The Irish soda bread is the best I've had to date and even the soda bread hater in my household told me he would eat it with every meal if I made it. This is a huge accomplishment, I try a different soda bread recipe each year and it has taken six years to find one he will eat. The colcannon and glazed baby carrots are perfect for a traditional Irish meal or Sunday dinner, they weren't difficult to make and were very tasty, so tasty I forgot to photograph them. This means I'll need to make them again sometime soon so I can share the photo with you. 

The boiling bacon is something I'll definitely try in the future, I bought everything I needed before discovering how hard it is to find pork belly locally during the winter. I know it can be ordered online, but when at all possible I prefer to buy local. The local butcher couldn't procure the small piece called for in the recipe, the minimum order was 12lbs (costing almost $40.) I do know that later in the year I can purchase it at the farmer's market, so I'll wait until then to try this recipe out.

Meatless All Day: Recipes for Inspired Vegetarian Meals
by Dana Cheny

Grilled Cheese with Gruyere, Sautéed Mushrooms and Oven-Roasted Tomatoes
Poblano, Black Bean, and Corn Quesadillas w/Guacamole
Broccoli, Smoked Mozzarella, and Roasted Red Pepper Frittata 

My thoughts on the recipes I tried from Meatless All Day:

I've made each of these several times since I originally reviewed the cookbook, they've added a lot of variety to my otherwise boring lunches. I like that they use ingredients that I commonly have in my pantry, with the exception of the Gruyere, which was a little hard to track down since I live in a small town. I will admit that I've stopped making the oven-roasted tomatoes for my grilled cheese, they take nearly three hours to make which is much too time consuming for a quick lunch, it's more time efficient to use a can of Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes and add the ingredients called for in the recipe so the flavors are similar.

There are quite a few more recipes I want to try from Meatless All Day, when I have time they'll make an appearance on Instagram.


These books were sent to me for review by Ten Speed Press and Taunton Press through NetGalley. As always, all opinions are my own.