I love St. Patrick's Day. I mean really, what's not to love about it? It's full of green things, you get yummy food to eat, and beer to finish it off. And it somehow always inspires my lawn to turn green. Seriously, I swear it is darker green now than it was two days ago. Plus, what better metaphor could you have for the trinity than a pretty little clover leaf?
Anyway, so for our St. Patrick's Day feast we had:
Broccoli Cream Soup
Pot Roast with Potatoes, Carrots, Onions cooked in beer
Pea and Cabbage Salad (leftover from last week. I was forcing everyone to finish it off)
Chocolate Stout Cake
Broccoli Cream SoupI tried out this recipe from Catholic Cuisine although they call itShamrock Soup because the little bits of broccoli look like clovers in your soup. Kind of. I usually make broccoli soup the same way but substitute chicken stock for milk and blend it all up to make a nice green soup. Some people say you should use the water you used to steam to broccoli (you know that greenish stuff left over) as your soup base, and I would never say that those people are idiots and this tastes terrible, but Gordon Ramsey is an idiot and this tastes terrible. Use chicken stock or milk.
Beer Pot RoastFor the Beer Pot Roast I started with...
A Roast, 3 potatoes, an onion, 3 carrots (not pictured. oops.), a can of tomato paste, salt, pepper, and Kentucky Bourbon Stout.
Irish Soda Bread
I have to admit here, I cheated a bit. I didn't make this recipe from scratch but instead used a boxed mix. I was in a hurry. The mix I used was fantastic though.
I'm sure all the mix contained was something like this: 3 1/2 cups white flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, scant salt.
I soaked a small handful of raisins overnight in orange juice until they got nice and big and juicy.
I put those in the mix, added the water, and put it in a cake pan. Then dust the dough with flour and cut a big X into it.
Bake for 30 minutes at 400.
I absolutely love this bread. My husband says it tastes like the pure essence of bread. I'd have to agree. It's the most bready bread you can eat haha.
Chocolate Stout Cake
I'm sorry to say that I've forgotten some photos of the process. Most notably the finished product for some. We were too hungry and devoured everything before I even thought to take a picture. So all I can give you are the remains of the day:
I know, I need to get better at my food photography. Some day.