Who was Molloy Malone? Molloy Malone Legend
Molly Malone, Molly’s Lunch, Irish Cooking, Cooking recipes
"Molly Malone" (also known as "Cockles and Mussels" or "In Dublin's Fair City") is a popular song, set in Dublin, Ireland, which has become the unofficial anthem of Dublin City. The Molly Malone statue in Grafton Street was unveiled by then Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alderman Ben Briscoe during the 1988 Dublin Millennium celebrations, declaring 13 June as Molly Malone Day.
The song tells the tale of a beautiful fishmonger who plied her trade on the streets of Dublin, but who died young, of a fever. In the late 20th century a legend grew up that there was a historical Molly, who lived in the 17th century. She is typically represented as a hawker (street seller) by day and part-time prostitute by night.
It is certain that the Grafton Street, Aungier Street and Stephen’s Green area were hotbeds for prostitutes in Molly’s time and newspaper reports confirm this.
There has been much speculation about the living standards of people such as Molloy, she lived and worked in the shadows of fine houses and sold her fish by day to the house-keepers of the city business folk and landed gentry, while at night she sold her body to the same business folk and landed gentry. However, Molloy was not always paid in cash for her personal services; fine gentlemen returning from exotic places such as India would bring Molloy spices, silks and all manner of luxury goods, in small quantities. These gifts often cut away from the bulk of such gifts for their domesticated wives.
Endowed with fine spices, cheeses, herbs and so forth, Molloy often cooked herself and her family a simple, yet fine meal, that meal would become known as Molloy’s Lunch, the recipe has finally been recreated, and is an absolute heavenly delight:
For one serving, increase portions depending on serving numbers: Bread, Butter, Quality Cheese (your choice), Egg, Black Pepper (any other herb or spice you fancy), Salt (sea), and Milk.
You simply butter the two slices of bread, and add the cheese to make a sandwich. Mix the egg, black pepper, pinch of salt, table spoon of milk. Pour the mix onto a flat plate and soak the cheese sandwich in the mix until it is all soaked up.
Have a frying pan at moderate heat with a drip of good quality Olive oil. Fry the soaked sandwich until you can see the cheese melt out the sides. When both sides of the sandwich are golden brown, serve and eat immediately. You have just served Molly’s Lunch, enjoy. While not part of the original recipe, you could also add ham, tomato, bacon to the cheese, you decide. ©dasher