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Lemon and Vanilla Curd Cake Curds were once an important part of the Irish diet, and were also useful for paying the rent. Recipes for this delicately flavoured cheesecake are found in several eighteenth century"receipt" books. 175g/ 6oz sweet shortcrust pastry Filling 40g/ 1 1/2 oz butter 50g/2oz vanilla flavoured sugar (or caster sugar plus essence) 2 egg yolks 1tbsp (heaped) plain flour rind and juice of 1/2 lemon 225g/ 8oz cottage cheese Topping 1tbsp flour 1tbsp sugar 1tbsp butter, melted 1 egg, beaten caster sugar to dust
Werewolves of Ossory The motif of the werewolf is strong in Irish folklore. There are a number of old tales about strange tribes of wolf-men living in remote areas of County Tipperary, whose assistance was often sought by the ancient kings of Ireland when they made war upon each other. There are also tales of strange beings - half-men, half-wolves - roaming the remote forest and mountain areas of the island. Indeed, one of the oldest written stories that we have about werewolves comes from Ireland. This comes from the pen of Giraldus Cambrensis who wrote down many old Irish tales.
Grogochs were originally half human, half-fairy aborigines who came from Kintyre in Scotland to settle in Ireland. The grogoch, well-known throughout north Antrim, Rathlin Island and parts of Donegal, may also to be found on the Isle of Man, where they are called 'phynnodderee'. Resembling a very small elderly man, though covered in coarse, dense reddish hair or fur, he wears no clothes, but sports a variety of twigs and dirt from his travels. Grogochs are not noted for their personal hygiene: there are no records of any female grogochs. The grogoch is impervious to searing heat or freezing cold. His home may be a cave, hollow or cleft in the landscape.
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