Now for a little of the food that shows up from time to time in the Rhe Brewster Mysteries:
Fifteen minutes later we were chatting amiably in the Irish Setter Pub, which was apparently the only Irish eatery in northern Maine. The menu offered bangers and mash, Celtic chicken, and shepherd’s pie, but Robert ordered what he told me was his favorite dish: corned beef with boiled cabbage, potatoes and carrots. In my family this was known as a boiled New England dinner, derived from the traditional Irish meal of beef and boiled cabbage. I ordered the same.
“I wouldn’t have taken you for Irish,” I teased.
“Well, I grew up right here in Aroostook country, which you probably know was settled in part by the Irish. They came from the coffin ships carrying sick and dying passengers from Ireland to Quebec during the potato famine. Many of the survivors then walked across the border to escape further British rule.”