Only the older generation would now know "bothered", meaning "deaf " (from Gaelic "bodhar" - "deaf "), or "caubeen", "hat" (from "caibin", "old hat"), "crubeen
", "pig's foot" ("cruibin", "hoof "), or "scuird", "drop, splash" - as in "a scuird of tea" ("scaird", "squirt, splash").
There is some serious technique on display - his take on the traditional "crubeen
" involves days of preparation, for example - and he has come up with a winning recipe which leans heavily on wonderful locally farmed and fished produce.
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."
is a pig's trotter, which has been lightly boiled for some 12 hours.
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.
We sell peanuts, bananas, And Chinese Havanas, It's really a beautiful sight, It's oleomargarine, Little pigs crubeens
, At the market on Saturday night.
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.
We opted for its famous dish of rack of ribs (or you can opt for crubeens
) with cabbage and colcannon.
These sweet and sorrowful selections are interspersed with recipes for dishes like "Crubeens
" (Pig's Trotters) and "Aunt Joan's Colcannon" made of mashed potatoes and cabbage.
The dish is known as crubeens
, so I had to have it as an extra course, even at 38 euros for a starter.