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Oct 31, 2007 11:19 AM

Traditional Irish/Scottish/Welsh Recipes

I'm making the dinner for a "family reunion" this year. My relatives (the ones that are coming) are Irish, Scottish, and Welsh. I need some traditional meal ideas that incorporate each of those country's cuisine. NO CABBAGE OR SIMILAR GREEN VEGETABLES THOUGH!! My family is picky about the veggies, and many won't eat them at all, but ESPECIALLY not cabbage/kraut/onions!! They also need to contain ingredients that I don't have to visit a specialty store for--remember, I'm in the U.S.!! And preferably can be made in large batches ahead of time for quick cooking that day...but I might be asking too much on that! LOL!

I hope that I'm not making this too hard...being picky makes things difficult! Thanks in advance for your help!! ;-)

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  1. If you go to, you'll find a search engine that will provide a lot of recipes by region. I put in Welsh and came up with quite a few dishes. At least it's a start. Fish is very popular in Ireland and Scotland, especially smoked salmon.

    1. Cock-a-Leekie Soup
      Delicious and easy to make ahead of time.

      1. A traditional menu that crosses all three traditions:

        Smoked Salmon (with good brown bread, butter and capers)
        Roast Lamb with roasted potatoes, braised carrots,garden peas...whatever veggies are fresh and are NOT cabbage!
        Green salad with dressing served on the side-Salad Cream if you can find it,
        Sticky Toffee Pudding
        Stilton, Lancashire Blue or a decent cheddar to finish, stick some pickled walnuts on the plate (or Branson pickle) and pass the Port

        The trick is in keeping it simple and not mucking about with too much in the way of sauces. You can cook/assemble almost everything in the appetizer, salad and dessert courses in advance. You can parboil your potatoes and carrots for the main course and then you only have the roasting to think about.

        My family (with an ethnic composition like yours) is happy to drink decent wine from anywhere but if you have folks that are real sticklers for authenticity, by all means, serve this with beer. And, of course, tea from a pot to finish!

        1. I don't know if your reunion has happened yet, or what season it is, but I just put a recipe on my blog for a Welsh lamb stew that's a great hearty winter dish with leeks and root veggies.