Monday, February 2, 2009

A Feast for Whistle Pig Day!

Because my friend Margo was coming over tonight, and she is a lover of all things Gaelic (especially Irish), I went with the more Gaelic menu for our first Lá Fhéile Bríde (St. Brigid's Day) Imbolc/Midwinter, (also Groundhog - or Whistle Pig - Day) celebration. I had both asparagus (which I simply roasted on a cookie sheet, drizzled with EVOO, seasoned with S&P at 450-degrees for about 10 mins), and strawberries (which we chopped, added a bit of sugar, vanilla, and a splash of fig-infused white balsamic vinegar to, and served with bakery angel food cake, and sweetened whipped cream - spiced with 1/4 tsp. Chinese Five Spice).
And, along with a bakery-bought deliciously crusty baguette, I served a brand-new made up recipe...

Jameson Irish Stew

1 medium shallot, diced
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 small yellow onion, chopped
2 ribs of celery, chopped
2 cups of baby carrots, chopped
7 (or more to taste) peeled and chopped yellow potatoes
1/2 tsp. sea salt and 1/4 -1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
All cooked in EVOO (2 Tbs) until onions are caramelized

De-glaze pan with one carton of beef broth, stir and add in one package of lamb stew meat (about 1 pound - yes, raw). Turn the heat up to boil, and add about 2 cups hot water. Simmer, uncovered, until potatoes and carrots are tender and lamb is cooked (and broth thickened)... about 45 mins to an hour... (honestly not sure since I was gabbing too much).

Add two shots of Jameson Irish Whiskey to finish, and let it bubble for about 5 minutes more to cook off a little of the whiskey. Unbelievably delicious!!


Jamie said...

Oh, that does sound so yummy, my stomach is rumbling with jealousy! I had to remind Brittany that it was ground hogs day. We checked the answer box to find out about whether it was shadow or not. I love the signs of spring pics too!

Anonymous said...

Oh that sounds so GOOD! My kids love lamb, and all the ingredients. I may have to try that one out this weekend. It's supposed to get cooler by Saturday. I wouldn't want that today... it's supposed to be 85 degrees here. Ugh. It's beginning already....


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