These nostalgic recipes show what it means to be Irish

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    ToBeIrish.ie Eunice Power's Christmas Pudding Easy Food

    Of all the things that make us nostalgic for home, food has the power to transport us to a time and place we love or miss. The smell of roast turkey, stuffing or mince pies can bring on all the festive feelings. With this in mind, ‘To Be Irish At Christmas’ has collated a host of nostalgic Christmas recipes from Irish chefs near and far. The recipes will be revealed on ToBeIrish.ie/feastivities over the coming weeks, beginning this  ‘Stir Up Sunday’ 21st November with Eunice Power’s family pudding recipe.

    Curated by Ali Dunworth, it is the ultimate nostalgic Irish Christmas recipe collection full of classic dishes and some more modern twists, including Mark Moriarty’s kitsch prawn cocktail, Clodagh McKenna’s fool-proof roast turkey, Anna Haugh’s favourite seasonal starter, Graham Herterich show-stopping chocolate orange pavlova and many more.

    In Ireland, we still love the traditional pudding, steamed low and slow before leaving it aside to mature ahead of Christmas Day. Traditionally this last Sunday before advent, known as Stir Up Sunday, is said to be the optimum day for getting puddings, cakes and mincemeat ready for Christmas, allowing just the right amount of time for them to mature.

    This weekend, dedicated cooks across the country will get to work on their Christmas puddings, cakes and mincemeat. For some it’s a family event, taking turns to stir the pudding for good luck and making a wish, and it’s a wonderful way to teach children how to bake and to ensure recipes are passed down through generations. Eunice said, “This recipe was given to me by my Auntie Joan. She has been making pudding for 40 years. The recipe has been handed down by her mother before her, and her mother before that.”

    ToBeIrish.ie Eunice Power's Christmas Pudding Easy Food

    The ‘To Be Irish At Christmas’ initiative celebrates what it means to be Irish and creates meaningful connections with our Irish diaspora around the world. TobeIrish.ie features seasonal traditions, community initiatives, Irish crafts, gift ideas and more, and will run from December 8th-23rd. It aims to reflect the diversity of contemporary Irish culture and is for everyone to enjoy; those born in Ireland, with ancestry in Ireland or those with a grá for Ireland. It was derived from the Government’s new Diaspora Strategy as launched by the Minister of State for the Diaspora, Colm Brophy T.D., in November 2020. Targeting the 70M diaspora around the world, last year’s initiative generated engagement of people from over 50 countries across the world, from Australia to The Netherlands, from Colombia to Singapore. The reopening of international travel brings renewed hope for those who have endured long and painful separations from families and friends, but there are still many who will not be able to travel. ‘To Be Irish’ wants to bring the very best of Ireland to them through this virtual portal.

    Not into the traditional Christmas pudding? Check out our alternative puds, here!