Culinary Experiences: Cooking Local Recipes in Your Self-Catering Apartment

1 June 2024

Staying in a self-catering apartment in Enniskillen offers the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culinary scene. By preparing local recipes in the comfort of your accommodation, you can enjoy delicious meals made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Here are some traditional Irish recipes and tips to help you create a memorable culinary experience during your stay.

1. Irish Soda Bread


  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ¾ cups buttermilk


  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F) and lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Make a well in the center and gradually add the buttermilk, mixing until you have a soft dough.
  4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.
  5. Shape the dough into a round loaf and place it on the baking sheet. Cut a deep cross on top of the loaf.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the bread is golden and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  7. Let cool on a wire rack before slicing.

2. Irish Stew


  • 1 kg lamb shoulder, cut into chunks
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cups beef or lamb stock
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish


  1. In a large pot, brown the lamb chunks over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and cook until they are softened.
  3. Add the carrots and potatoes to the pot.
  4. Pour in the stock and add the thyme, salt, and pepper.
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 1.5 to 2 hours until the meat is tender and the vegetables are cooked.
  6. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

3. Boxty (Irish Potato Pancakes)


  • 1 cup grated raw potato
  • 1 cup mashed potato
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Butter or oil for frying


  1. In a bowl, mix the grated raw potato, mashed potato, flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper.
  2. Beat the egg and buttermilk together, then add to the potato mixture. Mix until you have a thick batter.
  3. Heat a small amount of butter or oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of the batter into the pan and flatten into pancakes.
  5. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  6. Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream or butter.

4. Seafood Chowder


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 500 ml fish stock
  • 200 ml cream
  • 200 g mixed seafood (such as salmon, cod, shrimp)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot, melt the butter and sauté the onion, garlic, and celery until softened.
  2. Add the potatoes and carrot, and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Pour in the fish stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  4. Add the mixed seafood and cook for another 5-7 minutes until the seafood is cooked through.
  5. Stir in the cream and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

5. Irish Apple Cake


  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 large apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Icing sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake tin.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Stir in 1/2 cup of the sugar and the sliced apples.
  4. In another bowl, beat the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and sprinkle the remaining sugar and cinnamon on top.
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes until the top is golden and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Let the cake cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

Shopping for Local Ingredients

To make your cooking experience truly authentic, source your ingredients from local markets and shops in Enniskillen:

Erneside Shopping Centre – Offers a variety of grocery stores where you can find fresh produce and local specialties.

Fermanagh Farmers Market – Held on the first Saturday of every month, this market is a great place to buy fresh, locally-sourced ingredients directly from farmers and producers.

O’Doherty’s Fine Meats – A renowned local butcher offering high-quality meats, perfect for your Irish stew or other meat-based dishes.

The Buttermarket – Not only an arts and crafts centre, but also a place to find local delicacies and artisan food products.

By preparing these traditional Irish recipes in your self-catering apartment, you can enjoy a taste of Enniskillen’s culinary heritage. The experience of cooking with local ingredients will enhance your appreciation of the region’s culture and provide a memorable aspect of your holiday.

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