In this extract Seamus Marken recalls the food that he loved to eat when he was younger. He remembers that his mother was an excellent cook and he loved anything that she made. However he specifically remembers loving lamb's tripe with liver and sweatbreads.

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When you were a child what was your favourite meal?

You’re not going to believe this! I have to tell you my mother would make a meal out of… we used to say ‘out of the clippings of tin’, I don’t know if you ever heard that expression or not? You know the clippings… what the tinkers would leave on the side of the road… but you see my father’s father was Italian and he had taught my mother a lot of things about cooking but my favourite food, if you say, it didn’t matter what my mother provided it was our favourite food, you know what I mean, now I don’t mean to be evasive because it was always made well, my actual favourite breakfast would be lamb’s tripe, you’ve never seen this, with liver and sweetbreads.

Would it be fried?

Oh yeah, the lamb’s tripe, that would be boiled the night before and the next morning that would be cut up in small pieces but first of all we’d fry the liver and maybe an egg and sweetbreads and then when they were cooked we’d put a whole pile of the tripe in on top of that and a cover too of the gravy they were cooked in and you’d coddle it in the pan and you could go out to work on that and I’m telling you you’d work, you know?


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Dublin City Life, Housing, Food and cooking



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"Seamus Marken remembers the food that he loved to eat when he was younger.." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #195 (accessed February 23 2018, 4:52 am)