Elena ringrazia i suoi genitori per averla fatta nascere vicino all ‘Italia: “sei mesi con altre ‘culture’ culinarie si può sopravvivere, tutta una vita no”. Ancora un volta Kealan ribatte:
While our food may not be renowned worldwide or eaten everyday like most Italian or American foods, we do have quite a few delish meals here in Eire (of course it all depends if you go to a restaurant or have it cooked by your «Mammy» (apparently Irish people call their mothers this. I don’t. Plenty of Irish people don’t. It’s a stereotype, alongside the likes of us all being fat, ginger bearded men with a penchant for drinking all the time. Okay, some of that may be true, but our people are not unlike any others- more on this in the final section).
So, Irish delicacies include: Potatoes and gravy, Potatoes, cabbage and Gammon (boiled ham), Potatoes and Mincemeat with a beef stock sauce or, my personal favourite: an Irish fry up (with fried potatoes of course) Yup, potatoes are still staples of our diets since An Gorta Mór (The Great Famine). Well worth researching history buffs!
Also, food is only good with what we make of it; all ingredients have potential. The fine art of cooking is not for everyone (like me, I can’t cook much) but I always love trying new meals, whether it’s just random stuff thrown together or if it is a new meal from a different culture or a recipe. In my opinion, a true gourmand is a glutton; they cannot turn down a meal, which, in my case, is quite true!!