World famous Irish black and white pudding.
The more I think about it, the more and more I’m beginning to appreciate, this lovely corner where I now live. There is such a diverse range and interests in this quaint place. Gradually I am hoping to pen a series of short pieces on all this.
Of course this all takes a bit of time and some serious plodding. I’m reminded of a song I liked, a long time ago. Butcher’s and baker’s and candlestick makers, they all look alike. Having been a farmer all my life I am in no position to judge any of that. Of that breed it is almost certainly not true, apart from what you see is what you get, they come in all stripes and persuasions.
Therefore it came as a great joy to find this little gem of a butchery and farmers and butchers go hand in hand or they used to. Unbeknown to me I never realised the significance of this, all I knew is that I like a good breakfast and having not eaten black pudding for many years, due to circumstances beyond my control, asked my wife to get me some. It was exquisite.
Little did I know that this small place is actually world renowned, with a long held secret recipe. I’d like to show you a bit about it, and no, I do not know the recipe, all I can say is it’s in a class of it’s own, Interested? Then please read on.
World famous Clonakilty Butchery.
The settings and position in Clonakilty.
If one has come down the main street and is heading east then this is the look of the town. It is very narrow and originally it was two way traffic. Can you imagine the chaos? However it is has now been turned into a series of one way streets, well not quite, but on this stretch it is one way heading west ( quickly blesses himself ) which is a time honoured Irish idiosyncrasy when stressed. The blessing oneself that is and is mandatory if passing a church.
About a quarter of the way down this street from the crossing by the lovely church, one comes across this sign and you are soon to enter a little paradise. If one so wishes one can find theofficial website and some recipes here.
Just lately the wife and I have been making hamburgers. With some mince and adding diced pieces of black pudding into the mince and rolling it into a hamburger. Makes a lovely and different burger. I’m positive millions of Americans and especially Irish Americans would love them. Not only those people but anyone who just likes a hamburger. Try it, why not?
A photographic look at the butchery.