Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
I love holidays that provide a fun theme. It's exciting to set out your favorite green outfit (hard to come by when I was growing up, but it's my favorite color now so I have lots of things to choose from) and decide on a menu. We love to our local Irish pub on a regular basis, so St. Patrick's Day provides us with a chance to make some of our favorites at home.
Tonight's menu is Guinness beef stew, Irish soda bread, and Guinness for my husband. I usually make a pistachio cake also (not a traditional Irish dessert, but it's green and unexpected).
Our Guinness stew is pretty basic, just chuck roast/steak, potatoes, carrots, celery, and Guinness. I threw in some fresh garlic, and I'm sure there's more I don't remember.
I've only ever made Irish soda bread one other time, and it didn't turn out well. This time, I looked through several recipes trying to find a simple one that didn't use a lot of ingredients and took little time. I lucked out in finding the recipe used by my favorite Irish pub. So this is the recipe for soda bread from the Irish Rover in Louisville, Ky. It turned out very well, although I could use some practice in NOT handling the dough too much.
For pistachio cake, just add a package of pistachio jello to a white cake mix. For the frosting, I use two containers of Cool Whip, two packages of pistachio pudding and enough milk to make it creamy (about 2 tablespoons). These amounts are for a layer cake. If you make a bundt cake or a sheet cake you don't need as much frosting.
I hope you had a wonderful day!