AN IRISH BLESSING
May your neighbor respect you,Trouble neglect you,The angels protect you,And Heaven accept you.
Irish StewServings: 6
2 tb Oil 4 lg Onion cut in wedges 5 lg Carrots cut in thick slices 1 1/2 lb Round steak or lamb 6 lg Potatoes 1 c Water Salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil in large saucepan or skillet. Saute onions in oil. Add carrots and cook for a few minutes. Cut steak into 1/4 to 1/2 inch cubes and add to onions & carrots. Wash, peel and slice potatoes and add to pot. Pour in water, season to taste with sat & pepper and bring to a boil. Skim of any foam, reduce heat and simmmer over low heat until meat and vegetables are tender. If desired, stew can be thickened by mixing 2 tablespoon flour with a little water and adding it to the stew. Heat through until thickened and serve piping hot.
Irish Potato Soup
2 Ib Potatoes 1 Large Onion 2 oz Butter 2 pints Vegetable Stock 1/2 pint Milk 1 tablesp Chives or Parsley Nutmeg pinch of Salt & Pepper 1 tsp Cornflour
Peel and cut potatoes in quarters and finely slice the onions. Melt butter in a sausepan and add the Potatoes and Onions, cover and simmer for 10 mins (don't brown veg). Add the Stock, Salt & Pepper and Nutmeg, Stir. Cover and bring to the boil stirring continuously. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 mins, until vegetables are soft, stir occasionally. Remove from heat and put through a sieve, and return to the saucepan. Stir in the milk and cornflour and bring to the boil, stir continuously. Remove from the heat, serve with a sprinkling of chives or parsley.
Irish CoffeeServings: 1
1 jigger Irish Whiskey, such as Jameson's 1 or 2 tsp sugar, preferably raw sugar or Demarara sugar Freshly made hot coffee 2-4 tbsp chilled whipped cream
Heat, but do not boil, the Irish whiskey. A microwave works well for this. (20 to 30 secs on high power should do the trick) Pour the warmed whiskey into a warmed 7-ounce coffee cup, goblet or Irish coffee glass and add the sugar. Fill with the hot coffee to within about a half inch of the top of the cup. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Float the whipped cream on top of the hot coffee and serve immediately.
Soda BreadServings: 1
6 cups Flour 1 teaspoon Baking soda 3/4 cup Sugar 1 pound Raisins 3 teaspoons Baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt 1 Caraway seeds to taste (approx 1/8 cup) 1 quart Buttermilk
Mix all the dry ingredients in a LARGE bowl. Mix in caraway and raisins. Mix in buttermilk. It helps to use your hands to mix this because the dough is sticky DON'T USE AN ELECTRIC MIXER or the bread comes out flat. Divide batter into two buttered cake pans. Flour a knife and cut a cross into the tops of each. Bake at 350oF for about an hour. The top should not be allowed to get to brown.