Irish Recipes Coddle, Soda Bread and Braised Steak

Irish Recipes

My Irish mother and grandmother taught me how to cook and bake. I use their recipes or variations of them all the time.

They also gave me the love of cooking and baking recipes from scratch. Food like mince soup and Irish coddle were eaten all the time in my grannies house.

My Mother and Father

My mum met my father when she was sixteen and his mother was a cook in UCD College in Dublin.

They married a few years later in 1954 and it was my other grandmother who taught mum how to bake apple and rhubarb tart and scones.

When we were young, there were five of us children, mum and dad had to work.

Dad worked twelve hours a day and mum worked as a waitress in the afternoons and evenings.

That meant when we came home from school we would be on our own for a few hours a day.

I was nine and being the eldest girl it was up to me to get the meals for the other younger children.

Mum would usually have mince soup with the potatoes already cooked in it or Irish coddle ready and all I would have to do was heat it up.

There would also be the Irish sultana bread cooked and ready and we would have that with jam when we came home from school.

Christmas Day in Australia 1967
Christmas Day in Australia 1967

Australia

As I got older and we had immigrated to Australia both my parents still had to work and mum would show me how to make other meals too.

By this time at eleven I could cook the mince and potato stew, Irish Coddle and Irish stew. I also knew how to bake apple tart and make custard.

As the years went by and money was easier to come by mum would cook some lovely meals like stuffed steak, roast chicken and stuffing. She had her own way of making stuffing and this was passed on to me.

Meat Dishes

There was braised steak and steak and onion pie, beef casserole, roast chicken with homemade stuffing etc.

Even though we have freezers and ready made meals from all over the world available to us now I always prefer to cook and eat these old fashioned recipes. So these are all dishes I continue to make and enjoy today.

My father’s mother, my nannie lived until she was 98 years old. She loved to bake rather than cook dinners.

She did make some great homemade beef burgers though and after she retired we would always look forward to going up to her for them. She taught my mum how to bake scones, plain and fruit and was famous for her apple tarts.

Irish Coddle
Irish Coddle

Mum Making Irish Coddle

When I decided to write these recipes down I asked mum to let me take photos of her as she made them.

When she was making the Irish Coddle and my dad came in wondering what on earth I was doing he was astonished that I was writing recipes. He said to me that everyone knows how to make an Irish Coddle, even he does.

I owe a lot to my mum for the patience she showed me when I was younger and letting me make the food under her guidance. It would have been so much quicker for her to just make the dinners herself.

I do the same now for my nephews and nieces and if they show an interest I let them mix the ingredients as I cook.

My mother's Recipe for Dublin Irish Coddle

Irish coddle is very easy to make and extremely tasty

There are many variations of this coddle with lots of different ingredients added or taken out.

My grandmother always made it with barley but we as children did not like it.

So my mother left these out of her recipe.

To learn how to cook my mother's recipe of Dublin Coddle click the link below

How to cook Dublin Coddle

My Mother Making a Dublin Coddle

My grandmother in Dublin
My grandmother in Dublin

Homemade Irish Recipes

Keeping alive my homemade Irish recipes from my mother and grandmother

I have always preferred to make my own dinners where possible from scratch. This is something that I enjoy creating and it is cheaper too.

But the main reason I cook myself is in this day and age we do not know what goes into these ready made meals or how hygienically they have been prepared.

Some of the horror stories I have read and seen on TV would make your stomach turn. I would never ever buy a pre packed sandwich from a shop.

My own homemade egg mayonnaise sandwiches are now legend in my family. I also make a great salad sandwich with homemade coleslaw.

Here are some of the recipes from both my mother and grandmother that I make and eat today.

Scones Recipe
Scones Recipe

How to Make Scones

Even today if we arrive up unexpectantly mum can whip up a batch of her tasty homemade scones.

From the time she takes out the ingredients until they are on the table hot and delicious with cream and jam it only takes her twenty five minutes.

To read this recipe click the link below

How to make scones

How to Make an apple Pie
How to Make an apple Pie
Apple Tart with ice cream and whipped cream
Apple Tart with ice cream and whipped cream

Shortcrust Pastry and Apple Pie Recipe

Apple Tart with hot custard or hot apple tart with ice cream and cream. They are both delicious.

This recipe is for making an apple tart from scratch. Another one of my grandmothers famous recipes.

It was the way that she made the shortcrust pastry that made this tart so tasty.

I have explained how she made the pastry, then the apple tart and the custard.

You can buy some nice apple tarts in the shops these days but this homemade recipe is always better.

The learn how to make my grandmothers apple tart and custard click the link below

How to make homemade apple tart, shortcrust pastry and custard

Hamburgers  Recipe
Hamburgers Recipe

My Grandmothers Hamburger Recipe

Hamburgers is a recipe that all the family make at home.

My grandmother made these for years and we all loved them.

They are so much better than any you can buy in the shops either frozen or from the well known food outlets already cooked.

It is a very easy and simple recipe and you can make a large batch as they freeze very well.

To learn how to make homemade beef burgers click the link below

How to make home made Beef Burgers

Stuffed Steak Dinner
Stuffed Steak Dinner

Stuffed Steak with Roast Potatoes and Vegetables

Mum used to make this with the cheaper cuts of meat but now we can get the better strip-lion and sirloin steak.

It does taste nice though with any kind of steak.

Again I show how to make the homemade stuffing that will be cooked with the steak.

I also gave a step by step guide on how to cook roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese and other vegetables.

To learn how to make a wonderful stuffed steak dinner click the link below

How to make stuffed steak with homemade stuffing

My Mother Making Irish Soda Bread

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Irish Soda Bread Recipes

This bread recipe is the best. There is no need to use yeast and it is prepared and cooked in no time at all. There are two soda bread recipes here

Irish Soda Bread - Plain

This is used with so many dishes. My favorite is with a fry up of eggs, rashers, (bacon), sausages, tomatoes and black and white pudding. All fried on the pan and then the plain soda bread is fried in the juices.

It can be used as ordinary bread for soups and salad.

Irish Soda Bread - with sultanas

This is so tasty just out of the oven and still lukewarm. Some good butter and home made jam. Both these soda breads freeze very well.

If you wait till they are cold you can cut them up in squares and freeze, When you take out the bread and it has defrosted it tastes like it was just cooked.

To learn how to make my mothers Soda bread click the link below

How to make Irish Soda bread - plain and sultana

Roast  Stuffed Chicken Breast Dinner
Roast Stuffed Chicken Breast Dinner

How To Cook Roast Turkey Legs

Roast Chicken Breast Recipe and Stuffing

My mother prefers to roast a full chicken or turkey because she says at least she knows the meat has not been tampered with.

I suppose she is right because I saw a documentary once about how they inserted water into the chicken breasts to make them look bigger.

We both only ever use free range poultry mainly because the way these poor birds are tortured in these intensive farms is criminal.

The meat does taste better too. I do not like the brown part of the birds so that is why I buy the ready boned chicken breasts.

This recipe also uses my home made stuffing

To learn how to cook this lovely dinner click the link below

How to make home made stuffing and roast chicken

How To Make Beef Casserole

Adding the gravy to the mince and veg
Adding the gravy to the mince and veg
Add mashed potato to turn it into cottage pie
Add mashed potato to turn it into cottage pie

Ground Beef recipes

Minced ground beef or steak is really delicious when made with vegetables. It is the basic recipe for many dishes. If you add cooked potato pieces you have a great stew.

Or you can put it in a casserole dish and add either mashed potatoes for a Shepherds pie or shortcrust pastry for a steak and vegetable pie.

You can use it with spaghetti or pasta as a meal or just on its own with mash or chips.

This minced steak and vegetable recipe is cooked very quickly and easy and can be frozen for use in a number of dinners.

To learn how to make it click the link below

How to make minced ground steak and vegetables

Carrots and Peas from my Garden
Carrots and Peas from my Garden

Irish Recipes

As you can see from the homemade recipes above both my mother and grandmother taught me a lot about cooking and baking.

I will always prefer to cook my own meals from scratch and bake bread and scones. My own egg mayo sandwiches and coleslaw are also well appreciated in my family when parties and celebration require food.

My Grandfather in the Irish Army
My Grandfather in the Irish Army

My Mother is 82 now and Still Cooking

My mother was one of twelve children and grew up in Ireland in the 1930’s and 1940’s as a child.

Food was very scarce and at that time they did not have a fridge so shopping for the daily meals was done every day with whatever money was available.

The pawn shop was a necessity too with her father’s Sunday suit going there on the Monday and being retrieved on the Friday so he could wear it for mass on Sunday every week.

Rationing of Food during World War Two in Ireland

During World War Two or the Emergency as it was known in Ireland certain foods in Ireland were very scarce and others that were not were too expensive for my mother’s family.

Sliced white bread was rationed eventually and there was only this horrible black bread that the people of Dublin could get. It wasn’t black as such but that is what the people called it.

All the households in Ireland reverted back to making plain white Irish Soda bread and the fruit soda bread when they could get the flour and sultanas.

The plain soda bread was great for eating with the mince and coddle soups.

When rationing was lifted after the war my mum and dad were able to have a good fry up.

Irish soda bread tasted fantastic when fried with an egg, rashers and black and white pudding. I still have that today and with fried tomatoes, heaven!

Rabbits, Hens and a Vegetable Garden put Food on the Table

My grandfather worked before the war and then joined the Irish Army but there was never enough money with so many children.

He would go hunting with the boys and come back with rabbits and they had chickens and a vegetable garden too.

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19 comments

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Kulsum Mehmood 4 years ago from Nagpur, India

Very tempting photos. Yum.....


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Wow! This hub is amazing! Not only did you answer the question of who taught you how to cook, but you illustrated it so beautifully with your own family photos and included so many of these wonderful sounding recipes. Thanks! Up votes and sharing this!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A fantastic hub;interesting and so useful.

Thank you so much for sharing this gem ;which I vote up up and away and bookmark.

Take care and I now look forward to many more by you.

Have a great weekend.

Eddy.


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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu

I would love to try the rabbit :) Haven't tasted it before in my life.


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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland Author

I did enjoy writing this hub about my mother and grandmother. Their influence on my eating habits and the recipes I cook today was indeed very great.

I would never have written it only for the Know it all competition and finding the question which I could not resist answering.

cebutouristspot, Rabbit has the brown and white meat like chicken but it was never as nice. Mum would cook it mainly in a stew with vegetables. I only ever ate it as a child when we lived in Australia over 40 years ago though lol.

Thank you everyone for taking the time to leave a comment and for sharing.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

What a cornucopia of Irish recipes. IT brought back memories of my trip to Ireland last year where I stayed in my friends house and tasted some of his mother's delightful soda bread, stew and apple pie. yummy. thanks for these!


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seanorjohn 4 years ago

My Irish Mum had a very different way to make soda bread.I have lost her recipe and have been experimenting with internet recipes.Your Mum's recipe looks great in the photo's. The main difficulty is not having buttermilk in the house. I found that it is possible to use ordinary milk if you add some vinegar. I think you can also use some juice from lemons. Voted up


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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland Author

Docmo it sounds like you enjoyed your trip to Ireland, glad you got a chance to have some soda bread too.

seanorjohn, that is a shame you have lost your mothers recipe for soda bread. Hopefully you will make the bread one day and it will taste just like your mums did.

It can be a nuisance when you can not buy buttermilk. I know when we lived in the UK and Australia mum had a problem buying it too. She would let the milk stay in the fridge for a few days to go off and then use that.

You two ideas sound ok too though

Thanks you both for taking the time to leave a comment and for your votes


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

This is a wonderful hub and a great tribute to your mom and grandmother! It is special to cook and eat food that has so many memories and are connected with relatives. Thanks for sharing this, voted up, interesting,

Tina


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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland Author

Thanks Tina for reading and taking the time to leave a comment. I must admit until I started to write this hub I didn't realise just how much of 'my' recipes had been handed down to me from my Mum and Grannie.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Wow! This is a great hub. I love eating Irish food especially the soda bread. Awesome! Thanks for SHARING.


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sandus 4 years ago from kottayam

its amazing....... water flowing out of my mouth... i think its delicious


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

What a wonderful mother and grandmother you have! Brilliant Hub... and I'm going to need to revisit those recipes you've linked to! Gosh, my mouth is watering just thinking about all the amazing food you make.


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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland Author

Thank you everyone for your comments. Yes I do enjoy cooking meals from scratch. My Mother and Grandmother taught me well lol.

There is nothing better than sitting down to your own homemade meals.


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GarnetBird 4 years ago from Northern California

Lovely..I went to Dublin for a summer and lived with an Irish Family. This brought back some memories!


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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland Author

Hello GarnetBird. I am glad my Irish recipes brought back nice memories of your trip to Ireland. Thanks for reading


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daisydayz 4 years ago from Cardiff

Great hub! And some great recipes, may be trying the scones as I have never tried making them at home. I worked for an irish pub until recently so we served a lot of these dishes and I love them.

Cooking is such a great thing to be able to do too!


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Beth Godwin 4 years ago

GREAT HUB! Just reading it made me hungry! I will have to give these receipes a try. I really enjoy new and different foods. Voted up!


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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland Author

Home made scones really do have a unique taste that can not be reproduced in the shops. Try it Daisy you will love them!

The photos of my dinner recipes do make me hungry too Beth lol.

Thank you both for taking the time to leave a comment

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