If you didn’t know already today is St Paddy’s Day in Ireland, and as it would seem the rest of the world. I think that its due to the fact that us Irish spread ourselves out round the world, giving everyone a taste of the craic.
In honour of such a great man who drove the snakes out of Ireland (true fact – there are no snakes in Ireland) and gave the Irish a 3 day weekend, I decided to make some Irish treats – some of which are not really typically ‘Irish’
As most people will know, us Irish also like a wee drink, and what better way to celebrate St Patrick than to include a Trio of Irish drinks in the feast!
So first up in this feast is a good old Beef and Guinness Stew, served with the Potato (naturally we cant have a meal without them), but in Boxty form. A Boxty is like a potato based pancake. There is an old Irish Rhyme about Boxtys as well:
Boxty on the griddle, boxty in the pan, If you can’t make boxty, you’ll never get your man
So here’s how to make one!:
250 g raw potato
250 g mashed potato
250 g plain flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
large knob of butter, melted
125 ml milk
Toss the grated potatoes with the flour in a large bowl.
Stir in mashed potatoes and baking powder until combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and milk; mix into the potatoes.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drop in the potato mixture, forming patties about 4-5 cm in diameter
Fry on both sides until golden brown
Now, after that, you need a dessert, so I made some Baileys Ice Cream, which was dead easy to make and was served with my trusted favourite – The Apple and Amaretto Frangipane tart (which also happened to be a trial run for the Edinburgh Cake Ladies ‘Get Tarty’ Event on Wednesday!). This ice cream was straight forward to make, though patience is required when you don’t own an ice cream maker
2 cup double cream
1 cup full fat milk
1 cup castor sugar
1/2 cup baileys
1 pinch salt
Whisk all the ingredients together until all the sugar has been
Then freeze as you would normally freeze ice cream, either in an ice
cream maker or in a tub in the freezer whisking every half hour or so.
Because of the alcohol content of this ice cream it will usually take
around 12 hours to become hard
This is quite a boozy ice cream… which isn’t a problem!
And to finish, well it has to be an Irish Coffee… Bushmills 12 year old in coffee with cream, you cant get better than that!