Autumn hopes that you had a great St. Patrick’s Day.
She enjoyed the St. Patrick’s Day outfit that GG (my mom) sent to her. It was super cute and apparently super tasty!
My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard…
Okay, so I had to. I really did.
Let me explain.
Post from 3/13/2013, pictures updated 3/6/18
What was my first tattoo?
Well, it was a claddagh ring right on my lower back.
It was the obvious thing to do on my 18th birthday. At least to me. Duh.
So what’s a girl who is not Irish at all doing getting an Irish themed tattoo? I just have always loved the claddagh ring and it’s meaning.
“With these hands I give you my heart and I crown it with my love.”
And that right there is my little Irish-related story.
Other than my tattoo (which I wish I had gotten bigger… seriously, I wish I wasn’t so nervous and had listened to the tattoo artist) I have no association to anything Irish. But, I love St Patrick’s Day in that it’s so much fun to wear Kelly Green, eat green things, and drink green things, but none of those things are related to St. Patrick’s Day. Plus, those Shamrock Shakes are my downfall. I get one for breakfast every St. Patrick’s Day.
Since none of the things that are often associated with St Patrick’s Day, are really Irish I decided to make something that was this year. I went back to my copy of Clodagh’s Kitchen Diaries: Delicious Recipes Throughout the Year by Clodagh McKenna, that I had received from Kerrygold, for the recipe for Guinness and Beef Stew (pg 71).
This was really good and best of all was really simple to make.
There was little active cooking time and then you just forget about it in the oven for at least 2 hours. Our house filled with the lovely smells of the tender beef, meaty wild mushrooms, sweet shallots, and the rich beer. I was glad that this was all for us to enjoy but I would have loved to have had friends oven so that when they walked in they would be welcomed into the house with all those smells. And then they would get to enjoy the fantastic meal, maybe with some beers or red wine and some roasted potatoes or Cheddar Thyme Soup Scones.
There are recipes that I enjoy and then there are recipes that I really love. This dish will make an appearance back on our table. It was so good!
There are things that I will do differently next time to adjust to our tastes, but that is what cooking is all about. The process and taking the time to find something you love.
Next time, I will use a lot less bacon since the recipe called for 14 slices of bacon, which equaled a pound, so next time I think we will use about 1/4 pound instead.
I would increase the amount of whole shallots used because I thought they were fantastic.
I had a very difficult time finding a prepared bouquet garni, like went to 3 stores including Whole Foods, so I used bay leaves and thyme but I think I would add sage and parsley as well and use bouquet garni bags.
Give this a try for St. Patrick’s day or for any time you wish to have a great dinner. And be sure not to forget the Cheddar Thyme Soup Scones!
Makes 8 servings
Disclaimer: I received this cookbook and coupons for Kerrygold products, which I used to purchase the butter used in this recipe.
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For the loooongest time I wouldn’t drink Guinness. Not because I didn’t like it. No, it was because I thought I wouldn’t like it. I prefer wine but when I drink beer, for the most part I like a lighter flavor beer. Well, since Guinness is a dark, rich caramely color I thought that it was hoppy and I wouldn’t like it. I know, don’t judge a book but its cover!!!
Well, once I tried it I realized that it was amazing and I had been missing out. I love it since it is not hoppy- no me gusta hoppy beers- and is really smooth enjoyable beer. Guinness is a dry stout that is made with roasted unmalted barley and ultimately has a roasted coffee like flavor. Price says it’s like drinking a loaf of bread as you always feel so full afterwards. ha!
This Guinness Float is a fantastic way to enjoy the #1 exported beer from Ireland while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!
Makes 1 float
delivery for dinner- calzone and salad | Price watched March Madness Games | I fell asleep at 9.10 | slept in for about 11 hours of sleep | St Patrick’s Day | Price made breakfast | blogged | food network shows | shamrock shake trip for lunch | worked on project life | paint my nails | ruined my nails | hibachi dinner for Chris’ 30th | The Estate to dance| bed at 2am | up at 6.15am | drove Price to ON for 7am | back home to get ready | cleaned the stove top until it sparkled | picked Pricer up | Target run | farm school brunch event in Cambridge | back home to do 5 loads of laundry | more quarters for laundry | Container Store | cleaning kitchen floor | NASCAR | Price napped | scrapbooking | make dinner | fold laundry and more cleaning | Price watched Walking Dead = retreat to the bedroom