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The Irish cuisine, or what is now has become of it is the result of the introduction of the potato which occurred in the second half of the 16the century and has had an irreversible effect on the recipes, the use of ingredients and the dishes that are now to be considered purely of Irish origin. In the opinion of a large amount of food critics, the introduction of the potato was both a blessing and a bane in equal parts and each critic has their own reason to side with the claim. However, the significance of the introduction of the potato is that it gave the Irish cuisine a larger variety of dishes and has thus enriched the cuisine in its own manner. Pre-potato introduction into the Irish cuisine, the major ingredients that formed a main part of the Irish diet was the milk, meat, cereals, cheese and vegetables. The oldest of thee cooking methods, in the Irish cuisine, before the potato was introduced involved a variety of shellfish. They were usually the limpets, the oysters, the periwinkles, mussels, crabs, prawns, clams, razorbills and the cockles. The dishes of these shellfish were usually prepared by the addition of some seaweed and some vegetables alongside some herb, which resulted in a nice soup which was then consumed with Oat bread. This tradition and dish is, in a more refined way still prevalent and can be found in some of the restaurant that offer an Irish cuisine. The Irish cuisine is known for the endless pottage and soups that it offers, and the list includes the sheep’‘s head broth, the clam and cockle soup, hot lobster soup and the Irish farm broth. Other than the soups, the signature Irish dishes include the Irish stew, the potato, bacon, cabbage, coddle, fadge, boxty and the colcannon. Other than these dishes, the Irish cuisines are known for their variety of fowl and feathered game before the potato was introduced. Post-potato introduction thought, the Irish cuisine was greatly affected and there were a great number of changes in the dishes that were prepared. Before its introduction cattle was the main source of ingredients for dishes that made up the Irish cuisine. Thus the obvious choice of cuisine was that of dishes made out of milk, butter, cheese and offal. Some of the supplements included barley and oats and there were practices like mixing the blood, the butter and the milk upon bleeding the cattle to make dishes. Some of the dishes like the black pudding was the staple food pre-potato introduction in Ireland and remains to be the breakfast and a staple food in some parts of Ireland and thus has even made its way into to the array of dishes that one might enjoy upon opting for the Irish cuisine choice in a restaurant. The modern Irish cuisine however, has adapted to the usual range of dishes that is representative of the western culture thereby adding to the uniqueness that is the Irish cuisine. The common meals had evolved to become Chinese food, West African dishes, east European dishes, curry and pizza. The pervasion of various other cuisines, cultures, dishes and ingredients and recipes enabled the unique blending of tastes of what was left of the evolved Irish cuisine and the global tastes, much like the fusion cuisine. However, soon enough there rose a traditional Irish cuisine, traditional in the sense that the dishes and the recipes that found its advent in the age were those that were based on traditional Irish ingredients handled in a new manner and in new recipes, yet again reflective of the fusion cuisine culture and yet unique to the Irish tradition and culture. Thus we get to enjoy an array of fresh vegetables, salmon, trout, other fresh fish, mussels, oysters, soda bread, shellfish, and a wide range of cheeses and the thing that started it all, the potato. The Irish cuisine that we enjoy today is thus one that has evolved, survived and been through quite an ordeal to come out all the more delicious. The traditional Irish cuisine, that is now prevalent and making quite a large amount of more than satisfactory meals includes the Irish stew, the famous Irish breakfast, coddle, potato and the potato bread. All these dishes, as a result of what can only be described as the renaissance in the realm of Irish food has come to enrich the Irish cosine that we enjoy now, and has resulted in the rise of popularity of these once considered extinct dishes, throughout the world amongst various ethnicities, regions and amongst a wide range of people separated by large spatial regions. If not for the revival of the Irish cuisine, no one would be able to enjoy the Fish supper, which is better known as the fish and chips. Some of the common grains that are used in the making of the various Irish dishes include barley, wheat and oats. The three grains are used in many unique combinations and forms to make recipes and dishes that stand out to make the Irish host to one of the most delicious choices of food that one might ever come across. Granted the Irish cuisine has its own host of competitions from a wide range of other cuisines that have been developing and evolving for years together and as a result of the intermingling of a wide range of cultures and cuisines but the very fact that the Irish cuisine has been able to revive itself and in some exquisitely luscious dishes even stand up to and tower over various other cuisines establishes the richness of the cuisine. The dairy products used in making the many delicious desserts and dishes in the Irish cuisine include butter, cheese, butter milk and milk. As mentioned earlier the practice of fishing and making tasty fish dishes is one of the long lasting, time defying traditions that the Irish cuisine has tapped to give us some of the tastiest trout and salmon dishes we’‘ll get to enjoy. The meat too like the fish in the Irish cuisine remains pretty much the same both post and pre-potato introduction and now in any Irish restaurant one can enjoy the many dishes made out of beef, geese, pork, mutton and lamb. Other than the shellfish the range of seafood dishes that one gets to enjoy in an Irish cuisine choice includes the mackerel, and cod. To complement to all said dishes are the various sides and main dishes of vegetables that we find in the choices offered in the Irish cuisine, which consists of dishes made out of curly kale, carrots, onions, tomatoes and cabbage. The Irish cuisine also hosts a range of dishes that are made out of fruits that are indigenous to Ireland and now available throughout the globe as a result of the Irish cuisine growing popular by the day and making its way into quite a large number of restaurants throughout the world. The usual range of fruits used includes the raspberries, the rhubarbs, apples, pears, blackberry, strawberries and plums. Other than these ingredients the Irish cuisine is renowned for its potato dishes like boxty and it’‘s the pork dishes like the pork and cabbage. Other than the wide range of dishes, the Irish cuisine is known for its wide choice of alcoholic beverages, and non-alcoholic beverages that are used to wash down a good meal.