Get Your Irish On

Happy St Patrick’s Day, it’s time to Get Your Irish on!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to my Irish readers, and all of you who are celebrating St Patrick’s Day, even though you might not be Irish. Get your Irish on by wearing something green, eating something traditionally Irish or by drinking green beer. But, I read a Facebook post this week that stated, “We can’t all be Irish; someone has to drive”.

Get Your Irish On

Today we celebrated with a late lunch. Do they call that ‘linner’ for lunch and dinner combined? Or, ‘lupper’ in the Midwest? Anyway, we had lunch at 2:00 PM. Consequently, we got our Irish on with this tasty meal following a recipe from my Pinterest board named “Recipes that Look Yum”.

This recipe is from Kevin Lynch and is called, “Steak with Guinness Stew with Irish White Cheddar Cauliflower Mash”. Wow! Is it fabuloso. (That is for any Irish/Spanish in my crowd). It came together simply and quickly. I cooked using my cast iron sauce pan since I figure that was  how they would have done so in old Ireland, but I could have chosen to use my trusty and well-used slow cooker, as well.

Get your Irish on with Guinness beer

I enjoy Guinness beer when I am in the mood for dark beer. In fact, 15 ounces of Guinness drought is in the broth of this stew. Along with beef broth, carrots, onions and mushrooms. Oh, and POTATOES. I couldn’t make an Irish stew without potatoes! Additionally, a nice cold Guinness would taste good on the side, as you eat this hearty stew. On another note, this meal would also pair nicely with a good Cabernet Sauvignon. I will save one or the other of those options for a bit later in the day.

Get Your Irish On

I splurged on quality aged cheddar, yup, imported from Ireland, just for this meal. My, my! The cheese mixed with the mashed cauliflower is exquisite. Therefore, this cauliflower mash recipe will serve as a nice side dish for future meals at our house.

I served this stew with the mash on top in my mom’s mid-century baking dish. It is only appropriate to have Mom at my table today, in spirit these days. After all, it was she who instilled a strong sense of pride for our Irish heritage and other ancestral roots to us kids at an early age, even if one of the English ones got kicked out of Massachusetts for his wild religious ideals. We’re good with the Irish though.

Even the Norwegians like Irish Stew

Finally, this stew passed muster with my Norwegian husband, paving the way for it to become a regular go-to meal in the future, long after St. Patrick’s Day has passed.

Enjoy getting your Irish on and keep safe as you celebrate this holiday in honor of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. This Irish Prayer is for all of you, whatever your nationality:

“May God give you…
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.”

Bidh mi ‘gad fhaicinn (I’ll be seeing you).   Barbara at the Sea Anemone.