Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Happy St Patty's!

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It was rather spontaneous, this one. The initial intention was a gathering of sorts, with friends for a catch up plus a games session and of course, some home cooking. But why not incorporate St Patrick's Day at the same time? Afterall, both occassions fell on the same day!

Thus the menu was set; Irish Lamb Stew with Irish Soda Bread and sides of fried cabbage and bacon, and buttered corn kernels for 12 persons. We tried to keep it authentic; but because neither of us are of Irish descent, 100% authentic is something we can't quite guarantee for now! Needless to say, we winged it once again, and eventually came up with a pretty decent meal.

Making Irish soda bread was a first for us. We got the recipe off one of Bev's baking books and immediately got cracking. The texture of the bread was wonderfully dense and crumbly at the same time; the result of yeast-less-ness and a very short kneading time (5 mins).

The recipe for the Irish lamb stew was an adaptation of the recipe at this link. I have to say, the addition of red wine (I used a Merlot) and Guinness certainly did add a distinct heartiness to the final dish. Two thumbs up for this recipe!

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