March 12, 2013

Games and Puzzles

Pot of Gold

How well do you know your Irish foods?  Well, here's a game that will test your knowledge.  Below is a list of foods.  Which ones are typically found in Irish "pots" and which are not.  You can see if you are right, by peeking at the answers further down.  The luck of the Irish to you!*

                                                        Irish Potatoes
Soda Bread
Corned Beef & Cabbage
Barm Brack
Black Pudding
Bacon & Cabbage
Nettle Soup  
Irish Stew

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Answers:  All of them are typical Irish foods except for Corned Beef & Cabbage.  That dish actually originated with the Irish living in America.  Corned beef was scarce and was costly in Ireland but when they emigrated to the U.S. they found it readily available.

*The term "the luck of the Irish" really means bad luck and not good luck (although I meant good luck to you!).  That was because historically the Irish were typically unlucky people.  

This saying does originate in America.  Some even say that it was meant that the Irish who found gold in California found it because of luck and not because they were capable of success.

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