A Few Traditional Irish Recipes

I recently picked up an interesting cookbook at a used book sale:  George L. Thomson’s Traditional Irish Recipes.  Thomson apparently traveled all over the country to select the most traditional representations of the nation’s cuisine.  Hearty and relatively straightforward in preparation, many of these recipes make great additions to your kitchen arsenal.  I’ve decided to present a few of them here.  The average person may find it difficult to obtain traditional Irish ingredients like eel, cockles, nettle tops, and carragheen moss, so I’ve made an effort to pick recipes that are likely to be more practical.  I’ve prepared each of these dishes and can tell you that they are very good.

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How To Make Beef Jerky

I was watching a documentary on Netflix the other day about how our species (homo sapiens) spread out over the globe.  One point made by the narrators was that the human brain was able to grow larger by the availability of high-energy (i.e., high-calorie) foods.  Meat, fats, and bone marrow was an essential part of man’s intellectual development.  I believe it still is.  If you want your body and mind to be operating at peak performance, I believe you should be consuming meat at least occasionally.

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When Education Does Not Mean Knowledge: The Case Of Mark Zuckerberg’s Sister

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There are times when a sleeping lion must reluctantly rouse himself from repose and swat a yapping dog.  Such ankle-biters need to learn that it is one thing to throw around malicious accusations, and quite another thing to be faced with a response.  In matters such as these, I am not concerned with power or influence–unlike you, Ms. Zuckerberg–but only with my good name, and the meaning and purpose of my work.

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The H2 Sierra From Delta2Alpha: A Very Impressive Knife

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Last week I was excited to have delivered to my office Delta2Alpha’s premier folding blade, the H2 Sierra.  My first impression after unpacking it was this:  this is an impressive, serious blade.  What I mean is that you can just tell this knife was made by serious people, for serious people.  It is not some “just good enough” type of thing you’d find in your standard megastore.  It’s not even the kind of thing you’d find in  your standard sporting-goods or outdoors store.

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Essential Clam Chowder

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There are two foundational chowder recipes to be familiar with:  fish chowder and clam chowder.  We have already dealt with fish chowder in an earlier article, and will now talk about its sibling relation.  The clam chowder I know best is the classic New England clam (or quahog) chowder; this recipe was adapted from one found in Jasper White’s 50 Chowders, a book I highly recommend for the serious enthusiast.

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The Dragunov Sniper Rifle (SVD)

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Those who follow the war in Syria on YouTube or Twitter will likely be familiar with the unique profile of the Soviet sniper rifle officially known as the SVD (Samozariyadnyia Vintokvka Dragunova). Unofficially, of course, it goes by the name Dragunov.  The weapon has a long record of reliable service, having first appeared in 1963.  It has seen action in every conflict in which the Soviet Union, Russia, and her allies have been involved since that time.  In Syria, it has seen use all over the theater of conflict, in both urban settings and in the countryside.

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