pumpkinpie

Despite the fact that the famed Jack-O-Lantern has it’s roots in Irish lore, the pumpkin definitely does not get the same celebrity status as it does in the USA. (Case in point, see Sara Cornelius’s extraordinary #virtualpumpkinparty recipe compilation over at Cake Over Steak)

I’ll never forget the time when Richard and I were still dating and I was visiting Ireland during the Thanksgiving holiday. At the last minute, I boldly decided that I would make Thanksgiving dinner for his whole family. I mean you can’t NOT celebrate Thanksgiving just because you are traveling outside of the USA, right? It didn’t matter that I had never attempted to make Thanksgiving dinner for just me, let alone ten guests. I guess I was feeling invincible, in that mad-lovestruck-irrational-trying far too hard to impress way.

I arrived at Shannon airport very early in the morning, looking wrecked after the red-eye, alternating trying to push my eyeglasses up on my face with my right shoulder while hobbling along with a lofty suitcase covertly packed with 2-3 tins of pumpkin filling, bags of ruby red fresh cranberries and my trusty Pyrex measuring cups. When Richard offered to take my suitcase from me, he nearly fell over.

The following day, a turkey was plucked from the farm. (Yes, literally) And, on Thanksgiving morning, I was up bright and early to begin preparing an extravagant 5 course meal that I thought everyone would surely love and appreciate. Well, okay….fall over themselves in utter awe, with heaps of love and appreciation for me.

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The first thing that went wrong was that I was oblivious to the fact that there would be differences in oven temperatures. Here, we use celsius, not fahrenheit, so I had to do some major conversions which, at the time, admittedly drove me mad. Then, the same story with the measurements. Everything is in metric so instead of cups I had to work in mls and grams. The last time I had used grams for anything I cannot discuss here, but let’s just say it was a long time ago, so as you can imagine converting ounces to grams to mls to cups and back again put me into a head spin more than any other grams-related incident in the past.

Still, somehow I sorted it out and a remarkable meal for everyone was served. I even got to use my (future) mother in law’s retro heated hostess trolley. I was feeling like Martha Stewart, Irish farm style.

We sat down in the formal dining room and started to eat. I was happily taking in all the compliments and actually feeling a little chuffed when I was posed with a curious question:

“So, Imen, is Thanksgiving a Jewish holiday?”

(inside voice) Really? I forced myself not to giggle, and decided they were perhaps really asking if I was Jewish. I answered eloquently, explaining the history of Thanksgiving (Charlie Brown style, of course) and that “no, it was not a specific Jewish holiday, but that Jewish people do, in actual fact, observe the holiday with all the other North Americans.” They were fascinated, put their heads down, and ate nearly every last morsel on their plates. Success!

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But, then came dessert. The famous pumpkin pie. I wish I had videotaped the faces on everyone as they took their first bite of this yummy sweet/savory delicacy that we love so dearly in the USA.

Surprise.
Delight.
Terror.
No expression, just fast gobbling to get it over with.
Sheer happiness (me).

And then, out of the blue, a quote uttered by Grandma McDonnell in her best Irish lilt,

“Tis Different.”

A phrase that I learned much later had meant “It tastes rotten.” According to another relative, she actually really thought it tasted rotten (in some obscure way, if you’ve never eaten pureed pumpkin, I can begin to understand this ), but she graciously ate it all, and never, ever, said a bad word about it to me. May she rest in peace.

“Tis Different” Pumpkin Pie
I have always had an affinity for Thanksgiving.  It may possibly be my most favorite American holiday. Growing up, we had the same lovely tradition for so many years of traveling to my grandmother’s house where all of my wonderful extended family would come together on a (usually) pretty snowy day and celebrate with loads of turkey and all the trimmings. The best bit of it all? Pumpkin pie, of course.

Makes One 9 inch pie

2 cups (440g) of pumpkin pulp purée from an eating pumpkin* or from canned pumpkin purée (can also use puréed cooked butternut squash)
1 12 oz.(350ml) can of evaporated milk
1/2 (100g) cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 (66g) cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs plus the yolk of a third egg
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 9” pie crust

*To make pumpkin purée from scratch, cut a medium-small eating pumpkin in half. Scrape out the insides (reserving the pumpkins seeds to toast) and discard. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or kitchen foil. Place the pumpkin halves cut side down on the lined baking sheet and bake at 350°F until a fork can easily pierce them, about one hour. Remove from oven, let cool, scoop out the pulp. Press the pulp through a food mill and then puree in blender.

Preheat oven to 425°F/220°C

Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Mix in the sugars, salt, and spices. Mix in the pumpkin purée. Stir in the evaporated milk. Whisk together until everything is well mixed.

Pour the filling into an uncooked pie shell.

Bake at 425°F/220°C for 15 minutes. Then after 15 minutes, lower the temperature to 350°F/175°C. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes more, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool the pumpkin pie on a wire rack for at least 2 hours.

Scullery Notes: Serve with plain whipped dairy cream. Or, add a tbsp of maple syrup to the whipped cream for maple whipped topping.

Slan Abhaile,

Imen

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  5. susan says:

    Love this post! But my mind still boggles at the thought that people could not like pumpkin pie even after all my years in Ireland. Perhaps you have to be reared on it to love it. I’d like to link to your post, if you don’t mind. Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

  6. I say it’s the best pie in all of the land!

    Val

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  9. Lorna says:

    Ha, yes, the ‘it’s different’ comment made me laugh. Quite complimentary really when someone is trying to adjust to a new taste and not at all sure about it. Very complimentary if they hate it 🙂

  10. Molly Hardy says:

    Hi Imen, It brings back so many memories. I had the same experience when I moved to Ireland and invited some of your “neighbors” to Thanksgiving dinner at our new house. They liked the dinner but not certain about the pumpkin pie. Luckily I had a couple of other pies available. Most of the pumpkin pie was left. The other pies disappeared. Love and Peace to you all. Love all of your blogs.

  11. I love the story behind this ‘Tis different pie! I think it is pretty incredible that you pulled off an entire Thanksgiving feast in an unknown kitchen in a different country. You are a better woman than I. Happy to have met you through this pumpkin party. I love this blog and your voice.

  12. Rebecca says:

    I LOVE this story!! Thanks for sharing. I remember enjoying Thanksgiving in Ireland the semester I studied abroad. My (American) roommate trecked all over Dublin looking for the proper ingredients for pumpkin pie. I don’t even remember eating it, just that culture shock of realizing it is definitely not a thing in Ireland. 🙂

  13. When even GRANDMA McDonnell is willing to say politely “‘Tis different”,I think I could have told you right then and there that you had found the right man. 🙂

    Wonderful story. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  14. Miranda says:

    I loooove pumpkin pie, every Halloween I bake a pumpkin pie. Never cooked with evaporated milk, though, I’m mighty curious about that one and seeing that I have come across a carton of that on my local supermarket, I have been wishing for a recipe that would be an excuse to buy it and try it… so glad both my husband and son love pumpkin pie, it makes for the perfect excuse to just say “See, this one recipe calls for evaporated milk, hun, and she’s american, she knows pumpkinpie!” 😉
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  15. […] B. Britnell • Pumpkin & Goat Cheese Macaroni A Couple Cooks • Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter I Am a Food Blog • Roasted Pumpkin and Pork Stuffed Shells Well and Full • Harissa-Spiced Pumpkin Gnocchi Loves Food, Loves to Eat • Pumpkin Pork Burrito Bowls Girl Versus Dough • Pumpkin Challah Snixy Kitchen • Black Sesame Pumpkin Mochi Cake Hungry Girl por Vida • Pumpkin Chocolate Crumb Cake Donuts, Dresses and Dirt • Pumpkin Spice Latte Truffles Two Red Bowls • Pumpkin & Caramelized Onion Galette The Frosted Vegan • Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Gingersnaps Warm Vanilla Sugar • Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Ice Cream + Affogato An Edible Mosaic • Pumpkin Spice Latte Snack Cake with Brown Butter Buttercream Kitchen Konfidence • Yeasted Pumpkin Waffles with Candied Ginger Chocolate + Marrow • Pumpkin Scones with Cinnamon Butter Swirl The Pig & Quill • Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes with Pumpkin Spice Caramel + Coconut Cream Salt & Wind • Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffins with Pepita Streusel With Food + Love • Creamy Pumpkin Polenta with Balsamic Roasted Beets A Cookie Named Desire • Pumpkin Crepes with Cinnamon Ginger Cheesecake Nommable • Pumpkin Moon Pies Feed Me Phoebe • Thai Pumpkin Curry with Shrimp and Bok Choy The Yellow Table • Coconut-Curry Pumpkin Soup Ginger & Toasted Sesame • Pumpkin Ricotta Gnudi The Crepes of Wrath • Pumpkin Pie Cake The Swirling Spoon • Pumpkin Hand Pies Erin Made This • Pumpkin Rye Waffles with Coconut Caramel Beard and Bonnet • Pumpkin Spice Pizzelle Ice Cream Sandwiches My Name is Yeh • Pumpkin Slice and Bake Cookies Earthy Feast • Pumpkin-Stuffed Turnip-Ravioli with Pepita Pesto Broma Bakery • Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Brownies Floating Kitchen • Pumpkin Beertail with Tequila and Spiced Rum The Sugar Hit • Pumpkin Everything Bagels The Bojon Gourmet • Pumpkin Flatbread with Gruyére and Crispy Sage (gluten-free) Sprinkled with Jules • Pumpkin Spice French Macarons Feast + West • Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Toffee Bark Jojotastic • Pumpkin Cinnamon Rimming Sugar Fix Feast Flair • Pumpkin Spice Japanese Cheesecake Appeasing a Food Geek • Pumpkin Ale Cake Tending the Table • Roasted Pumpkin with Tamarind and Coriander Chutney Long Distance Baking • Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream + Pumpkin Pancakes My Blue & White Kitchen • Roasted Pumpkin Risotto with Crispy Prosciutto Fork Vs. Spoon • Pumpkin Buttermilk Pudding Alyssa & Carla • Pumpkin Tea Bread (in a Coffee Can!) Twin Stripe • Pumpkin Spice Toffee Le Jus d’Orange • Lentil-Stuffed Acorn Squash, Crispy King Oyster Bacon + Aged Goat Cheese The Scratch Artist • Japanese Pumpkin Temaki with Ginger Kale Chips Brewing Happiness • Caramelized Apple Pumpkin Muffins Blogging Over Thyme • Homemade Candied Pecan Pumpkin Ice Cream Drumsticks Heartbeet Kitchen • Pumpkin Swirled Mashed Potatoes The Speckled Palate • Pumpkin Brown Butter Streusel Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt • Pumpkin Gingersnap Pie Style Sweet CA • Chocolate Stout and Pumpkin Checkerboard Cake Fork to Belly • Pumpkin Orange Brulee Pie Tasty Yummies • Grain-Free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes Påte á Chew • Pumpkin Almond Cake with Almond Butter Frosting Holly & Flora • Pumpkin Pie Martini with Coconut Cream + Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup Southern Soufflé • Sorghum Pumpkin Soufflés Okie Dokie Artichokie • Creamy Pumpkin and Chorizo Pasta Bake, Cheese Tortellini, Sage-Mascarpone Sauce, Toasted Hazelnuts Kale & Caramel • Pumpkin Goat Cheese Polenta with Brown Butter Thyme Mushrooms & Kale The Little Epicurean • Maple Pumpkin Butter Brioche Toast Vigor and Sage • Maple Pumpkin Harvest Smoothie Tried and Tasty • Whole Wheat Pumpkin Sugar Cookies Sprouted Routes • Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Risotto with Sweet & Spicy Roasted Pepitas (gluten free) The Fauxmartha • Baked Pumpkin Donuts So… Let’s Hang Out • Grain-Free Apple Crumble Pumpkin Pie Wit & Vinegar • Pumpkin Flaxseed Dog Treats Dunk & Crumble • Pumpkin Roundup Biscuits and Such • Pumpkin Pound Cake SugarHero! • Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Pound Cake Farmette • “Tis Different” Pumpkin Pie […]

  16. […] Cake Over Steak • Pumpkin Ginger Cookies with a Vanilla Glaze B. Britnell • Pumpkin & Goat Cheese Macaroni A Couple Cooks • Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter I Am a Food Blog • Roasted Pumpkin and Pork Stuffed Shells Well and Full • Harissa-Spiced Pumpkin Gnocchi Loves Food, Loves to Eat • Pumpkin Pork Burrito Bowls Girl Versus Dough • Pumpkin Challah Snixy Kitchen • Black Sesame Pumpkin Mochi Cake Hungry Girl por Vida • Pumpkin Chocolate Crumb Cake Donuts, Dresses and Dirt • Pumpkin Spice Latte Truffles Two Red Bowls • Pumpkin & Caramelized Onion Galette The Frosted Vegan • Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Gingersnaps Warm Vanilla Sugar • Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Ice Cream + Affogato An Edible Mosaic • Pumpkin Spice Latte Snack Cake with Brown Butter Buttercream Kitchen Konfidence • Yeasted Pumpkin Waffles with Candied Ginger Chocolate + Marrow • Pumpkin Scones with Cinnamon Butter Swirl The Pig & Quill • Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes with Pumpkin Spice Caramel + Coconut Cream Salt & Wind • Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffins with Pepita Streusel With Food + Love • Creamy Pumpkin Polenta with Balsamic Roasted Beets A Cookie Named Desire • Pumpkin Crepes with Cinnamon Ginger Cheesecake Nommable • Pumpkin Moon Pies Feed Me Phoebe • Thai Pumpkin Curry with Shrimp and Bok Choy The Yellow Table • Coconut-Curry Pumpkin Soup Ginger & Toasted Sesame • Pumpkin Ricotta Gnudi The Crepes of Wrath • Pumpkin Pie Cake The Swirling Spoon • Pumpkin Hand Pies Erin Made This • Pumpkin Rye Waffles with Coconut Caramel Beard and Bonnet • Pumpkin Spice Pizzelle Ice Cream Sandwiches My Name is Yeh • Pumpkin Slice and Bake Cookies Earthy Feast • Pumpkin-Stuffed Turnip-Ravioli with Pepita Pesto Broma Bakery • Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Brownies Floating Kitchen • Pumpkin Beertail with Tequila and Spiced Rum The Sugar Hit • Pumpkin Everything Bagels The Bojon Gourmet • Pumpkin Flatbread with Gruyére and Crispy Sage (gluten-free) Sprinkled with Jules • Pumpkin Spice French Macarons Feast + West • Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Toffee Bark Jojotastic • Pumpkin Cinnamon Rimming Sugar Fix Feast Flair • Japanese Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake with Quick Caramel Appeasing a Food Geek • Pumpkin Ale Cake Tending the Table • Roasted Pumpkin with Tamarind and Coriander Chutney Long Distance Baking • Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream + Pumpkin Pancakes My Blue & White Kitchen • Roasted Pumpkin Risotto with Crispy Prosciutto Fork Vs. Spoon • Pumpkin Buttermilk Pudding Alyssa & Carla • Pumpkin Tea Bread (in a Coffee Can!) Twin Stripe • Pumpkin Spice Toffee Le Jus d’Orange • Lentil-Stuffed Acorn Squash, Crispy King Oyster Bacon + Aged Goat Cheese The Scratch Artist • Japanese Pumpkin Temaki with Ginger Kale Chips Brewing Happiness • Caramelized Apple Pumpkin Muffins Blogging Over Thyme • Homemade Candied Pecan Pumpkin Ice Cream Drumsticks Heartbeet Kitchen • Pumpkin Swirled Mashed Potatoes The Speckled Palate • Pumpkin Brown Butter Streusel Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt • Pumpkin Gingersnap Pie Style Sweet CA • Chocolate Stout and Pumpkin Checkerboard Cake Fork to Belly • Pumpkin Orange Brulee Pie Tasty Yummies • Grain-Free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes Påte á Chew • Pumpkin Almond Cake with Almond Butter Frosting Holly & Flora • Pumpkin Pie Martini with Coconut Cream + Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup Southern Soufflé • Sorghum Pumpkin Soufflés Okie Dokie Artichokie • Creamy Pumpkin and Chorizo Pasta Bake, Cheese Tortellini, Sage-Mascarpone Sauce, Toasted Hazelnuts Kale & Caramel • Pumpkin Goat Cheese Polenta with Brown Butter Thyme Mushrooms & Kale The Little Epicurean • Maple Pumpkin Butter Brioche Toast Vigor and Sage • Maple Pumpkin Harvest Smoothie Tried and Tasty • Whole Wheat Pumpkin Sugar Cookies Sprouted Routes • Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Risotto with Sweet & Spicy Roasted Pepitas (gluten free) So… Let’s Hang Out • Grain-Free Apple Crumble Pumpkin Pie Wit & Vinegar • Pumpkin Flaxseed Dog Treats Dunk & Crumble • Pumpkin Roundup Biscuits and Such • Pumpkin Pound Cake SugarHero! • Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Pound Cake A Little Saffron • Spiced Pepita Brittle Farmette • “Tis Different” Pumpkin Pie  […]

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  18. Sonja says:

    What a sweet story, Imen! You’re a tremendous writer with a fabulous gift for storytelling. And, this pie looks scrumptious! I love the little leaves for the crust (I may have to try that this year!).

  19. […] B. Britnell • Pumpkin & Goat Cheese Macaroni A Couple Cooks • Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter I Am a Food Blog • Roasted Pumpkin and Pork Stuffed Shells Well and Full • Harissa-Spiced Pumpkin Gnocchi Loves Food, Loves to Eat • Pumpkin Pork Burrito Bowls Girl Versus Dough • Pumpkin Challah Snixy Kitchen • Black Sesame Pumpkin Mochi Cake Hungry Girl por Vida • Pumpkin Chocolate Crumb Cake Donuts, Dresses and Dirt • Pumpkin Spice Latte Truffles Two Red Bowls • Pumpkin & Caramelized Onion Galette The Frosted Vegan • Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Gingersnaps Warm Vanilla Sugar • Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Ice Cream + Affogato An Edible Mosaic • Pumpkin Spice Latte Snack Cake with Brown Butter Buttercream Kitchen Konfidence • Yeasted Pumpkin Waffles with Candied Ginger Chocolate + Marrow • Pumpkin Scones with Cinnamon Butter Swirl The Pig & Quill • Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes with Pumpkin Spice Caramel + Coconut Cream Salt & Wind • Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffins with Pepita Streusel With Food + Love • Creamy Pumpkin Polenta with Balsamic Roasted Beets A Cookie Named Desire • Pumpkin Crepes with Cinnamon Ginger Cheesecake Nommable • Pumpkin Moon Pies Feed Me Phoebe • Thai Pumpkin Curry with Shrimp and Bok Choy The Yellow Table • Coconut-Curry Pumpkin Soup Ginger & Toasted Sesame • Pumpkin Ricotta Gnudi The Crepes of Wrath • Pumpkin Pie Cake The Swirling Spoon • Pumpkin Hand Pies Erin Made This • Pumpkin Rye Waffles with Coconut Caramel Beard and Bonnet • Pumpkin Spice Pizzelle Ice Cream Sandwiches My Name is Yeh • Pumpkin Slice and Bake Cookies Earthy Feast • Pumpkin-Stuffed Turnip-Ravioli with Pepita Pesto Broma Bakery • Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Brownies Floating Kitchen • Pumpkin Beertail with Tequila and Spiced Rum The Sugar Hit • Pumpkin Everything Bagels The Bojon Gourmet • Pumpkin Flatbread with Gruyére and Crispy Sage (gluten-free) Sprinkled with Jules • Pumpkin Spice French Macarons Feast + West • Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Toffee Bark Jojotastic • Pumpkin Cinnamon Rimming Sugar Fix Feast Flair • Pumpkin Spice Japanese Cheesecake Appeasing a Food Geek • Pumpkin Ale Cake Tending the Table • Roasted Pumpkin with Tamarind and Coriander Chutney Long Distance Baking • Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream + Pumpkin Pancakes My Blue & White Kitchen • Roasted Pumpkin Risotto with Crispy Prosciutto Fork Vs. Spoon • Pumpkin Buttermilk Pudding Alyssa & Carla • Pumpkin Tea Bread (in a Coffee Can!) Twin Stripe • Pumpkin Spice Toffee Le Jus d’Orange • Lentil-Stuffed Acorn Squash, Crispy King Oyster Bacon + Aged Goat Cheese The Scratch Artist • Japanese Pumpkin Temaki with Ginger Kale Chips Brewing Happiness • Caramelized Apple Pumpkin Muffins Blogging Over Thyme • Homemade Candied Pecan Pumpkin Ice Cream Drumsticks Heartbeet Kitchen • Pumpkin Swirled Mashed Potatoes The Speckled Palate • Pumpkin Brown Butter Streusel Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt • Pumpkin Gingersnap Pie Style Sweet CA • Chocolate Stout and Pumpkin Checkerboard Cake Fork to Belly • Pumpkin Orange Brulee Pie Tasty Yummies • Grain-Free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes Påte á Chew • Pumpkin Almond Cake with Almond Butter Frosting Holly & Flora • Pumpkin Pie Martini with Coconut Cream + Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup Southern Soufflé • Sorghum Pumpkin Soufflés Okie Dokie Artichokie • Creamy Pumpkin and Chorizo Pasta Bake, Cheese Tortellini, Sage-Mascarpone Sauce, Toasted Hazelnuts Kale & Caramel • Pumpkin Goat Cheese Polenta with Brown Butter Thyme Mushrooms & Kale The Little Epicurean • Maple Pumpkin Butter Brioche Toast Vigor and Sage • Maple Pumpkin Harvest Smoothie Tried and Tasty • Whole Wheat Pumpkin Sugar Cookies Sprouted Routes • Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Risotto with Sweet & Spicy Roasted Pepitas (gluten free) The Fauxmartha • Baked Pumpkin Donuts So… Let’s Hang Out • Grain-Free Apple Crumble Pumpkin Pie Wit & Vinegar • Pumpkin Flaxseed Dog Treats Dunk & Crumble • Pumpkin Roundup Biscuits and Such • Pumpkin Pound Cake SugarHero! • Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Pound Cake A Little Saffron • Spiced Pepita Brittle Farmette • “Tis Different” Pumpkin Pie […]

  20. DC says:

    Just discovered your blog and absolutely love it! I, too, am an American married to an Irishman and this post in particular resonated with me. My husband’s Donegal farming family was a little skeptical when he announced he was marrying a city American, until one evening when, on a whim, I made them dessert in the form of Bananas Foster (my native New Orleans’ specialty) for them. It was a hit and they suddenly saw me in a different light! We’ve been a happy clan ever since, and they still ask me (in the distinctively Irish way of not directly asking but heavily hinting) to make Bananas Foster when we come to visit. 🙂

    • imen says:

      Yooooom Bananas Foster! I write about that in my book actually! Banoffee reminds me of B Foster. Donegal is gorgeous, lucky you! I swear we should do a meetup sometime, there are so many expats here now from the States!

  21. Ana Day says:

    Your post reinforces my belief that Irish people appreciate one’s effort. One of my favourite desserts is ¨doce de abóbora¨, which you can Google (pictures) and find out it’s made of pumpkin. Nice post!

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