Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tastefully Tuesday...

St. Patricks day is almost here which means a lot of people are getting ready to make a traditional Irish meal.  Most everyone I know who celebrates makes the ever popular boiled dinner so I thought I would give a recipe for something a little different today.  This recipe of beef in Guinness uses the acid in the beer to make the beef tender and juicy, and an Irish meal wouldn't be complete without the Soda Bread.

Beef in Guinness
2 1/2 lb or 1 kg shin of beef
2 large onions
6 medium carrots
2 tbsp seasoned flour
a little fat or beef dripping
1/2 cup dry cider
1/2 pt/ 250 ml/ 1 cup Guinness with water
sprig of parsley

Cut the beef into chunks and peel and slice the onions and carrots. Toss the beef in the flour and brown quickly in hot fat. Remove the beef and fry the onions gently until transparent. Return the beef and add the carrots and the liquid. Bring just to the boil, reduce the heat to a very gentle simmer, cover closely and cook for 1 1/2 - 2 hours. Check that the dish does not dry out, adding more liquid if necessary. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with plainly boiled potatoes.
Soda Bread
1lb/ 1/2kg/ 4 cups plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sugar (optional)
1pt/ 1/2 lr/ 2 cups buttermilk or sour milk

Sieve the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Scoop up handfuls and allow to drop back into the bowl to aerate the mixture. Add enough buttermilk to make a soft dough. Now work quickly as the buttermilk and soda are already reacting. Knead the dough lightly - too much handling will toughen it, while too little means it won't rise properly.

Form a round loaf about as thick as your fist. Place it on a lightly-floured baking sheet and cut a cross in the top with a floured knife. Put at once to bake near the top of a pre-heated oven, 450°F, 230°C, for 30-45 minutes. When baked, the loaf will sound hollow when rapped on the bottom with your knuckles. Wrap immediately in a clean tea-towel to stop the crust hardening too much.

**Wheaten bread or brown soda is made in exactly the same way but with wholemeal flour replacing all or some of the white flour; this mixture will probably require less buttermilk. Another variation is to add 1/2 cup of sultanas (white seedless grapes) to the white bread - this loaf is known as Spotted Dick.

Both these recipes come from the book A Little Irish Cookbook.
Don't feel like taking out the pots and pans?  Boston Market has a coupon for $1.00 off of any $10.00 purchase.  You need to show the coupon when you place your order and it can't be used with any other coupons or discounts.  The coupon is good until April 14. 2011.  While your there check out the VIP club where you can get more savings sent right to your email.
I hope you are all having a great week so far.


  1. yumm, hi, New follower came through blog hop...you can visit me at http://seemask.blogspot.com

  2. The name of that bread just slays me. I wonder how on earth it got that name. Boiled dinner is not my favorite. Mushy veggies, stinky house. Reminds me of when my folks would make cabbage rolls.
    Now your dinner sounds lovely. That I would be happy to eat.

  3. It looks delicious! Really making my tummy rumble.I bet the Guiness adds a great flavour.

  4. OMG I am so glad I ate already!! If I hadn't this would have taken me over the edge! It looks delicious!!

  5. Looks fab! How can you go wrong with Guinness? Thanks for stopping by my blog, I love new visitors :)


I love to read your comments, but due to spamming I have had to turn on the word verification again. Sorry for the extra step.