30 June 2018

Weekend Cooking: Lords and Ladles

Remember a couple of weeks ago I mentioned I discovered a new food-related TV show? That show is the Irish series Lords and Ladles, directed by Maurice Linnane.

The show stars three well-known Irish chefs--Derry Clarke, Catherine Fulvio, and Paul Flynn, and each week they visit a famous Irish castle or estate and attempt to re-create a historic meal that had been or could have been served there. For each dinner, one of the chefs takes charge of the kitchen and another one scrounges up the ingredients (gathering, hunting, fishing, or tracking down a local artisan producer). The third chef tours the grand house and grounds and talks with the current owners, sharing both the beauty of the estate and the family history.

Clarke, Fulvio, and Flynn are fun to watch because their reactions to the ingredients and the kitchens seem genuine. And even despite some understandable grumbling, they're wonderfully good sports and manage to pull off the elaborate menus.

Each episode, I learned something interesting about grand meals of the past and about Irish history. I loved seeing how each head chef attempted to interpret ingredients and cooking techniques from 100 years ago and more. I also liked seeing the dinner guests--friends and family of the estate--taste the food and comment on what they liked and what they didn't like.

The entire first season of Lords and Ladles is available on Netflix. The castles/estates the three chefs visited are Birr Castle, Tullynally Castle, Castle Leslie, Westport House, Balywalter Park, and Cappoquin House. Besides the food, I learned about a woman pirate, a family that made their fortune in linen, and saw what was once the world's largest telescope. I loved getting to know the families and their histories.

The food Clarke, Fulvio, and Flynn had to cook included foods we still eat today, like roasted game, and some totally bizarre ingredients, like cow's palates. The amount of food served for just one meal is astounding. Bravo to the guests who found room to taste everything!

I basically binge watched all six episodes and plan to watch them again. Season 2 has already aired in Ireland, and I'm impatiently awaiting the USA release.

If you have any interest in Ireland or food history or just want to watch something fun and interesting, put Lords and Ladles on your viewing list. This is the very short trailer to the first season:

Note that we're celebrating my mother's 90th birthday this weekend, so I'll be very slow to visit your blogs. I will get there, but maybe not until next week.
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bermudaonion 6/30/18, 6:41 AM  

This looks like something Carl would like.

Mae Travels 6/30/18, 6:57 AM  

You've found me another Netflix series to watch!! I can't wait for the one about Grace O'Malley -- or was it some OTHER lady pirate? It would be great if there were more than one.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Jackie McGuinness 6/30/18, 8:19 AM  

Born in Ireland, it holds a special place in my heart. WE have visited many many times and I always leave with a tear in my eye. The castles are amazing!

Marg 6/30/18, 8:24 AM  

Happy birthday to your mum!!

gluten Free A_Z Blog 6/30/18, 10:08 AM  

I love when I have a good Netflix series to look forward to- this sounds like a winner

Vicki 6/30/18, 10:39 AM  

I'm 49% Irish, and I love all things Irish, so I'll be watching this starting later today! Thanks for telling us about it.

rhapsodyinbooks 6/30/18, 11:27 AM  

Cow palates - definitely one of my favorites! (insert sarcasm emoji). But it doesn't matter what they make, actually, the series seems so fun!

Deb in Hawaii 6/30/18, 12:17 PM  

Ooh, the series sounds amazing! Another one for the binge list. ;-) Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend with your mom.

Claudia 6/30/18, 12:31 PM  

This definitely sounds like a series I'd enjoy. Amazon Prime didn't have it, so will have to go with Netflix I guess.

Heidenkind 6/30/18, 11:00 PM  

Awesome, another foodie show to wwatch!

(Diane) bookchickdi 7/1/18, 8:16 AM  

Lords and Ladies sounds perfect for me.
My husband and I visited an Irish castle years ago and had a fantastic dinner there.

Stacie 7/2/18, 8:52 PM  

This show sounds interesting, but I have a friend that I know would love it! Thanks for sharing about it!

Deb in Hawaii 7/7/18, 11:46 AM  

So weird--I was number nine last week but I just noticed that I appear to have vanished without a trace??? Linking up last week's post again here and will link up my this week's posts on this week's Weekend Food post.

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