Mary Lydon

On corned beef, and corned beef done right

By AMBROSE CLANCY // Old joke: What’s the shortest book on the shelf? Answer: “The Culinary Arts of Ireland.” One page, one recipe – “throw stuff in a pot of water and boil it until every last trace of flavor is eliminated.” It’s an old joke because it doesn’t apply anymore. Ireland has become a modern European nation, and its natural resources of fresh vegetables, lamb, beef and fish are served in wondrous ways, in…


On Berry Island, no summer complete without pudding

By AMBROSE CLANCY // You never forget your first time. No, not that. But rather that everyone who has ever had summer pudding has a distinct memory of their first taste, digging into a dense concoction of bread or cake with glistening blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and their juices, served with softly whipped cream. It’s sensational any time of the year, made with seasonal berries or ones found in your local supermarket in the dead of…