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Irish Words for ‘Potato’: Práta, Fata, Préata Posted by on Jul 8, 2018

(le Róislín) You may have heard the tune, “The Garden Where The Praties Grow”.  Ever wonder why it’s not, “The Garden Where The Spuds Grow,” since “spuds” is another  popular nickname for potatoes in Ireland? We may not have the answer to the “spuds” aspect of the question, but we can at least discuss the…

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Irish Vocab Round-up for the “Corned Beef” (mairteoil shaillte) Blogpost Posted by on Mar 12, 2018

 (le Róislín) This blogpost is a follow-up to the recent post on “mairteoil shaillte agus cabáiste,” a typical St. Patrick’s Day dinner (dinnéar tipiciúil Lá Fhéile Pádraig) in America (nasc thíos) Today we’ll look at the words for various food items in the corned beef and cabbage dinner and how they are described.  We’ll pay…

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Not just ‘bruite’ — some Irish terms for preparing potatoes Posted by on May 6, 2017

(le Róislín)  As you can see in the picture above, there are many ways to prepare potatoes (prátaí a réiteach).   One of the most basic would simply be “bruite,” which means rather amazingly, “boiled,” “baked,” “grilled,” or simply “cooked.”  Or, using the same basic verb, we could say, “iad a bhruith” (to boil/bake/grill/cook them).  But…

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Speaking of ‘Nite, Bruite, is Ite’ (and who can prepare and eat potatoes the fastest) Posted by on Nov 9, 2013

le Róislín First, let me say, that no, although three-part titles like “Flicka, Ricka, and Dicka” and “Snipp, Snapp, Snurr” are running wildly through my head as I write this, the three words “nite,” “bruite,” and “ite” are not three characters from children’s books.   They are, as I mentioned in my last blog, rangabhálacha caite…

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Nite, Bruite, is Ite — Na Prátaí (aka Fataí), That Is! Posted by on Nov 5, 2013

(le Róislín) While potatoes are a popular food year round and worldwide, they are especially popular at this time of year in the U.S. with Lá Altaithe approaching.   This is one of few times, at least i mo thaithí féin, when more than one kind of práta is typically served with a meal. In Ireland…

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A Práta by Any Other Name: Téarmaí Bia agus Cócaireachta (Food and Cooking Terms) Posted by on Jun 23, 2009

(le Róislín) What better place to begin a discussion of Irish cuisine than with the potato?  Still one of the príomhbhianna (staple foods) of Ireland, potatoes may be served in two or even three different ways in one béile (meal).  Typical styles of preparation would include: prátaí bruite or beirithe (boiled), prátaí friochta (fried), and…

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