Years later, in a Leaving Certificate English class, an anonymous balladeer stirred one's memory of carefree afternoons in a Mayo field, with the Partry mountains standing like sentinels in the background: "It's there you'll see confectioners with sugar sticks and dainties, The lozenges and oranges, lemonade and the raisins; The gingerbread and spices to accommodate the ladies, And a big crubeen
for threepence to be picking while you're able.
A Crubeen is a pig's trotter, which has been lightly boiled for some 12 hours.
A Crubeen will ream out the intestines like nothing else I know, apart from young cider.
My starter was described in the menu as "marinated sea bream, tomato tart and artichoke salad", while my companion had a "roast breast of wood pigeon, crubeen
and Muscat grapes".
Maybe it's because apart from coddle, boxty and crubeens
we don't have much of a culinary tradition here.
Finally, there is an assortment of genuine Irish recipes for trusty Gaelic favorites, including Boxty, Crubeens
, Irish Lamb Stew, Soda Bread, Frumenty and Flummery, Bannocks or Scones, and Shepherd's Pie.
There's an terrible Irish delicacy called crubeens
, which is a posh name for pigs' feet.
The dish is known as crubeens
, so I had to have it as an extra course, even at 38 euros for a starter.
Curry was the choice of 10 per cent, putting the spicy Indian dish above some more traditional Irish fare like crubeens
(boiled pig's trotters) and coddle (a bacon, sausage and potato dish).
I have added a few crubeens
to the dish, which if you have time to make are very good with some tartare sauce.
Among their colour fully named dishes were balls of tripe a man might eat forever,cold crubeens
, figgy-dowdy and, a big favourite,boiledbaby.
They dressed up in top hats and tails to demolish plates of pig trotters and spare ribs - known in Cork as crubeens
and boddices - on the final day of the festival.