THERE ARE MANY unique foods that Ireland can claim ownership of – the chicken fillet roll, the purple snack, and the spice bag are some recent examples.
And a more traditional one that is truly ours is boxty. But what the hell is it?
Basically, it’s part pancake, part hash brown
A form potato bread, if you will.
Don’t get put off by the raw potatoes, the end result is fabulous
Boxty Today is Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day as it's known in Ireland. The tradition is that Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent and so people eat something sweet like pancakes as a treat before giving up something for 40 days. Boxty is an Irish potato pancake. It's not as sweet as the French or American pancakes, but they're my favourite. #food #irishfood #lent2016 #pancaketuesday #shrovetuesday #boxty #potatocake #potatoes #potato #potatopancake
And boxty thrives in the north midlands, parts of Connacht and in the south of Ulster
It has the power to remind people of their childhood
Perhaps Leitrim might be its most famous exponent
So much so that you’d stick it in the luggage if you’re visiting someone abroad
Smuggling boxty through customs.
Boxty works at breakfast or dinner
It has a bit of a reputation as a diddly-eye type dish
But LOADS of Irish people eat it
There are folk songs dedicated to boxty ffs
We all just need to get on board now.
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