I can't be too surprised really. I mean most Americans would swear up and down that spaghetti and meatballs is a traditional Italian dish; having lived in Italy for over a year, I can honestly say that I never once saw - or cooked - spaghetti with meatballs. Spaghetti, yes. Meatballs, yes. But together, no, definitely not.
Still this realization didn't stop me from making a corned beef and cabbage dinner for my family tonight...St. Patrick's Day. I just told them that it wasn't really Irish. Next year, I think I'll make a beef and beer stew. That seems to be a much more prevalent dish on dinner tables in Ireland.
I started with a pre-brined and pre-spiced corned beef brisket from Trader Joe's. I placed it in a large soup pot, covered it completely with water, brought it to a boil, and reduced heat to a simmer and cooked on low heat for three hours.