Irish Moonshine, Colcannon, and Christy Moore on Celtic Sojourn

By Cathy Huyghe

My task for last Saturday’s segment on WGBH’s own A Celtic Sojourn radio program was to discuss the history of beverages in Ireland, as well as contemporary iterations of Irish cuisine.

There are harder things in life than that.

Brian O’Donovan, the program’s gracious and welcoming host, punctuated our segment with recordings about colcannon (a recipe wrapped inside a song), whiskey (seeming much like the devil), and the Irish version of moonshine called poitín (courtesy of Christy Moore).

In between the music, Brian and I talked about things like the history of Irish whiskey as a medicinal elixir, the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Cork paying homage to Julia Child, and the very clever work-arounds that distillers of long-outlawed poitín invented to keep their moonshine production clear of law enforcement’s prying eyes.

Intrigued by the Irish? Listen to my interview with A Celtic Sojourn’s Brian O’Donovan.

Cathy Huyghe writes the WGBH Foodie blog. Read new WGBH Foodie posts every weekday, in which Cathy explores myriad ways and places to experience good food and wine.

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