Thursday, March 17, 2011



Well Grumpy made the decision of what we are doing today since it is St Patty's Day and he is Irish.. We are going to sit around the pool for a couple of hours this morning, go to a ball game and then off to Tilted Kilt for appy's and cold beer... I think I might even have a green you are going to get two recipes an Irish Beef Stew and Irish Soda bread to go with it.. I sometimes put currants in mine but since this is going with beef I left out the currants...

                                     IRISH BEEF STEW
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 pounds beef stew meat, cubed
3 cups stout beer (such as Guinness®)
2 potatoes, peeled and sliced
2 potatoes, peeled and quartered
salt and ground black pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the beef, beer, sliced potatoes, and quartered potatoes. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the beef is tender, about 2 hours. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet.
In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an 'X' into the top of the loaf.
Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.

Well have to run my coffee and breakfast is waiting for me by the pool.. Only have a couple of more days of this and then it is back home.. :O( :O(

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