Guinness -Black Irish Gold

Guinness is called the Black Irish Gold. People sometimes dont know where Ireland is but they know that Guinness comes form Ireland and means – enjoy.
Guinness is Irish dry stout that originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness. Arthur Guinness started brewing ales in 1759. On 31 December he signed up to a 9,000-year lease at £45 per annum for the unused brewery at the St. Jamess Gate Brewery. When I saw the lease in the Guinness Museum, I began to wonder how beer would taste in the year10759.
Arthur Guinness started selling dark beer porter in 1778. The first Guinness beer to use the term was Single Stout and Double Stout in the 1840s. Guinness produced only three variations of a single beer type: porter or single stout, double or extra, and foreign stout for export.

Guinness is made from water, barley, hops and brewers yeast, and is treated with isinglass finings made from fish air bladders, although Guinness claimed that this material was unlikely to remain in the finished product. This means it is generally deemed unsuitable for a vegetarian or vegan diet. A portion of barley is roasted to give Guinness its dark color and characteristic taste. It is pasteurized and filtered. Despite its reputation as a meal in a glass, Guinness only contains 198 kcal per pint (1460 kJ/l), fewer than skimmed milk or other non-light beer.

Guinness Evolution
The reputation as a meal in a glass has come from the the fact that in the past one part of the salary paid to workers was in pints of beer. Until these days there are many pubs around the Guinness factory .

Studies claim that Guinness can be beneficial to the heart. Researchers have found that antioxidant compounds in Guinness, similar to those found in certain fruit and vegetables, are responsible for health benefits because they slow down the deposit of harmful cholesterol on the artery walls.

Guinness ran an advertising campaign under the slogan Guinness is Good for You since the 1920s. This slogan stemmed from market research – when people told the company that they felt good after their pint. Now this type of advertising of alcoholic drinks is prohibited in Ireland. 
I have also heard that at the beginning of the 20th century in hospitals pregnant women were given one pint of Guinness per day as protection against anaemia.
Guinness Poster
Now Guinness is treated as a normal alcoholic drink with all its consequences.
The very good Guinness marketers still make a special atmosphere around this beer.
In Ireland and abroad Guinness is treated as the king of beers. A pint of Guinness should be served in a slightly tulip shaped pint glass, as opposed to the taller European tulip glass or Nonic glass, which contains a ridge approx ¾ of the way up the glass. Every bartender needs to be able to pour the perfect pint of Guinness.
The perfect pint of Guinness is the product of a double pour. The waiting time between the first and second pour should take 119.53 seconds. Guinness has promoted this wait with advertising campaigns such as good things come to those who wait. Guinness should be served at 6°C while Extra Cold Guinness should be served at 3.5°C.
In the Guinness factory there is a museum where you can see how beer is made. There is exhibition devoted to the history of company. You can watch old advertisements of Guinness. Ain addition, in the Guinness bar you can learn how to pour “the perfect pint” and drink a pint of Black Irish Gold.

Irish chefs have invented many meals with Guinness which are a good lure of tourists. I have discovered the following dishes in Dublin restaurants: Irish stew with Guinness, chicken with Guinness sauce, Guinness soup, Guinness cake and ice cream with Guinness. My favorite is Beef In Guinness.
You will see the recipe is on karott.com

Beef In Guinness

for 4 servings:

1/2 kg Beef, cubed
1/2 cup Flour, seasoned
Oil; for frying
2 Onion; sliced
4 Garlic clove; minced
3 Carrot; sliced
1 tsp Parsley; minced
1/2 tsp Thyme
Salt; to taste
Pepper; to taste
Beef broth
 200 mlGuinness

Dip beef in flour and coat on all sides. Brown in oil, in batches and remove to heat proof pot or casserole. Sauté onions and garlic in same oil and add to beef. Add carrots, parsley and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Pour enough beef broth to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Lift meat, onions and carrots from pot to serving plate with slotted spoon. Over high heat, reduce sauce to half the original volume. Pour sauce over meat and serve.



Irish breakfast

My first meeting with truly Irish cuisine was when I started working as a breakfast chef.  I was very surprised when I saw the menu. There were ten meals to choose but only two were healthy and light. I was scared.  The head chef showed me Full Irish Breakfast. There was a plate with fat and fried food, even tomatoes were baked. I was really surprised. I know, in Poland we serve heavy breakfast but with a wide selection of vegetables and fruit. Irish breakfast is not only heavy but also unhealthy.  After the first day in that restaurant, I understood why so many Irish people are so obese.
Irish breakfast is the result of famine in Ireland. Farmers normally ate only one warm meal a day in the morning before work. Breakfast rich in fat and calories was a source of energy until the evening, when they returned home to eat an evening meal.

Irish Breakfast

The traditional Irish breakfast consists of  some components which are fried in  deep fat  or baked in the oven. Traditionally the most common ingredients are
fried or grilled bacon, also referred to as "rashers" or "slices", baked beans,
black or white pudding, fried mushrooms, sausages, fried or grilled  tomatoes and hash browns. Eggs, fried, poached, or scrambled are very important ingredients of this breakfast.  Full Irish breakfast may be accompanied by  strong Irish Breakfast tea such as Barry's Tea, Lyons Tea, or Bewley's, and it is always served with milk. Fried potato bread, or toast, is often served as an alternative to brown soda bread or French toast.

The Irish Breakfast Roll !!!!Do u want sauce in that.???........i do in my ................

This meal is very fat and high-calorie - not least because in recent times, there has been a variety of mutations, such as the vegetarian version. Juice and porridge are also not traditional for this type of breakfast. They have been served since the 1950s of the twentieth century. Due to the relatively time-consuming procedure for preparing breakfast, in recent years the fast food version has become  very popular: a roll (which looks like a small French stick) filled with the selected components of the traditional Full Irish Breakfast. This sandwich can be purchased at many bars, grocery shops and petrol stations.
In restaurants, pubs, cafés, bars or even petrol stations you can find Full Irish Breakfast. However, in travel guidebooks or on postcards from Ireland you can see pictures with other Irish Breakfast – a plate full of oysters served with a glass of Guinness. So, I have looked for this type of breakfast in restaurants and pubs but I have never found it. The Irish have a great sense of humor and a good knowledge of marketing strategy.

#21 Irish Breakfast (Special Trade)


The English influence on the Polish cuisine -English luncheon meat

As a child I thought how good English cuisine was . Somebody might be very surprised now. I know but you need to know that when I was 5 years old there was martial law in Poland. Groceries were completely empty. My grandfather sometimes brought English biscuits and a can of English luncheon meat. I loved English luncheon meat. I was sometimes angry when my granddad didn’t bring a can of English luncheon meat. I was a child then and the adjective “English” means “luxury” for me.
That year at Christmas we got a food parcel from our family. They live abroad. Among rice, sugar, cans of meat and sweets I found English tea. The box of tea became the best Christmas gift for me. I was very young and I don’t remember the political situation in Poland but I remember empty shops and long queues for food and “English delicious”. 

During my whole childhood I thought that England had the best food in the world. Until I discovered that English luncheon meat is made ​​in Poland. However, I still like it but after this discovery my love to England got weaker.
There was no love lost between me and English cuisine when I met true Englishmen. When I was in high school, my town was visited by cultural delegations from England. My parents hosted two women of this delegation. One day they prepared a real English dinner for my family. That was the worst meal I have ever tried.
Two years ago I was in Great Britain and I tried English food, but it did not convince me. I still think that English cuisine isn’t good. I am wondering why one Polish company named grocery products English. I was looking for the influence of English cuisine on Polish cuisine, but I didn’t find it. In the past Great Britain was far away from Poland. Before the twentieth century Poland didn’t have any political or economical influence from England. In the twentieth century Great Britain was a place to which political emigrants from Poland moved. Maybe the adjective English in the names of food as an expression of opposition to the authorities and a symbol of freedom? 

I don’t know, but English luncheon meat means freedom for me. I had cans of this food in my backpack during multi-day trekking travels. I can eat it hot and cold, with bread and alone. It is always very tasty. Now when I sometimes miss Polish sausage and ham, I eat English luncheon meat and all my childhood comes back to me.

This is last post about   influence on Polish cuisine. I plan two new series about Irish and also Polish regional cuisine.

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Influence on Polish cuisnie -  Knuckle of pork in Bavaria - Golonka po Bawarsku 

Influence on Polish cuisnie -  Beef Strogonow

The Hungarian influence on the Polish cuisine - Leczo

The Czech influence on the Polish cuisine -Bohemian dumplings

The Jews influence on the Polish cuisine - Szlajmzupe

The Turkish influence on the Polish cuisine - Coffee

The Lithuanian influence on the Polish cuisine - Bigos

The Austrian influence on the Polish cuisine - Vienna Schnitzel

The Greek influence on the Polish cuisine - Greek Salad 

The Ukrainian influence on the Polish cuisine - Ukrainian borscht

The Tatar influence on the Polish cuisine - Tatar sauce

The Italian influence on the Polish cuisine - Faworki

The influence of French cuisine on Polish cuisine -"Mizeria"


The Hungarian influence on the Polish cuisine - Leczo

I don't know why but for centuries Poles and Hungarians have regarded themselves as brothers. Both countries share linguistic and cultural differences, but the impact on each other is huge. Hungarian merchants have traded with the Polish since the early Middle Ages. Royal families in both countries were closely related through numerous marriages.

 King of Poland - Jadwiga

The culinary side of this influence is very evident in Poland. The first wine drunk by the Poles was the Hungarian wine. This wine is still very popular in Poland.
According to a legend, the Hungarian Princess Kinga brought salt to Poland. Princess Kinga who was to marry a Polish king was asked by his father what she wanted as a dowry. She replied that Hungarian salt for the Polish nation. She threw her engagement ring to one of the salt mines and went to Poland.
In Poland she pointed out to the place where to dig and salt was found there.
In the first salt mine the princess' engagement ring was found. This is a very romantic story. Princess worship as she gave the salt in Poland is very strong since today.
 Florian Cynk: st. Kinga

Red pepper is the pice which was brought to Poland by the Hungarians .
Red pepper as a spice has been very popular in Polish cuisine until today. In Polish groceries you can also find Hungarian vegetables and fruit such as red peppers, tomatoes, melons, watermelons and many others.
Poles love Hungarian stews, lecza and soups. One of my favorite dishes is Hungarian pancakes. This dish combines Polish and Hungarian cuisine in one piece. Polish potato pancake is served with Hungarian stew. Recipe on potato pancake is here.


  • 200g stewing steak diced
  •  1 tin chopped tomatoes
  •  1 very large potato peeled and diced
  •  Half an onion chopped
  •  half a red pepper thinly sliced
  •  1 heaped teaspoon paprika
  •  1 clove garlic crushed
  •  150ml water
  • 150 gram of thick pork sausages sliced

  • Take a large saucepan and begin by frying the potato, onion, pepper and garlic in a little butter or oil over a medium heat for 5 minutes, until everything has softened a bit.

  • Add the meat and fry for a further couple of minutes. Add the tomatoes, paprika and water, cover and very gently simmer together for at least 2 hours, or up to three if you can wait! You may need to add small amounts of water towards the end if it has become too dry. 

  • Serve with potato pancake.

  • Enjoy!


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