There are no surviving 14th-Century Irish recipes. Instead, the dishes in this episode are based on references to food, hospitality and farming in old Irish texts and archaeological evidence, with an emphasis on native and wild ingredients.
- Soup of the Dagda
- Roast Trout
- Goose Eggs
- Beef Stew
- Roast Pork
- Boiled Venison
- Pig Belly Pudding
- Roast Goose
- Drop Scones
- Sweet Curds
Soup of the Dagda
"They filled the king’s cauldron which was five handbreadths in depth. They threw into it eighty pots of milk and a proportionate quantity of meal (oats or barley) and fat, with goats and sheep and swine which they cooked along with the rest."
- Trout roasted over a fire of applewood, basted with honey and salt and shepherds purse seeds.
- Serve with wild greens (hairy bitter cress, dandelion leaves, sorrel).
Shellfish (oysters, mussels, limpets and periwinkles) with seaweed (dillisk or sloke), onions, leeks, parsnips and/or carrots, and smoked salmon, in milk, thickened with bread (oat or barley).
- Poached in salt and fermented fruit juice, served with wheaten bread, honey and Cloonconra cheese with chopped garlic and leaves.
- Take a very good cut of salted beef and cut into pieces.
- Add bacon and cook in ale, water, salt, garlic, onions, fermented sloe or crabapple juice, leeks and cabbage.
Saddle of Pork
- Roasted on a spit with a sauce of Shepherd's purse seeds (like mustard).
- Grind the seeds, cook with butter, cream, garlic, honey and salt.
- Serve with green leaves, crab apples, rowanberries.
- Take a haunch of venison, wrap it in marsh grass with a súgán (hay/straw rope) twisted around it.
- Boil it and serve with rosehip and crab apple sauce (stew together and sweeten with honey).
Seasoned Belly Pudding of a Pig
- Take the belly of a pig and wash it out in clean water, stir 3 Tbs of salt into 2.5 litres of cold water in a clean bucket and soak it overnight.
- Take pig kidneys and heart, wash them and boil them in salted water, simmer for 45 minutes then drain and reserve in the fridge overnight.
- The next day, turn the soaked stomach inside out, rinse under cold running water for 10 minutes to wash out all the salt, then set aside to drain. Finely chop herbs (options: ground elder, chickweed, nettle, hairy bitter cress, dandelion leaves) and salt and Alexander seeds (instead of pepper) and reserve.
- Shred the suet very small, like breadcrumbs. Coarsely mince the kidneys and heart and add to the suet with some oats. Add the herbs and seasoning and add some beaten eggs and stir. Optional step: stew all together in a small amount of lamb or beef stock.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared stomach (turned the right way around) and sew up the opening with linen thread or thin butchers string. Make sure it’s not too tightly packed or it will burst.
- Put into a large saucepan of boiling water and simmer gently for 3 – 4 hours. Using a sharp needle prick the paunch once or twice in the first hour to allow steam to escape and prevent the pudding from bursting.
- Afterwards, the pudding can be split open and the filling served.
- Roast the goose with a stuffing of bread, apples, leeks and butter with herbs.
- Serve with stewed apples sweetened with honey.
Sweet Drop Scones
- Serve with Butter, Blackberries, Damsons.
- Cheese curds served with Honey, Blackberries, Elderberries, Hazelnuts.