To celebrate St Patrick’s Day at the weekend we cooked up a hearty Irish Stew. I love making slow cooker recipes with the girls because you can make them in the morning when everyone is in a good mood and they can join in or  sit and do something next to you. Then at five, which is our grumpy hour – the meal is already made and you don’t need to spend time cooking.

irish stew

Ingredients

1 onion

1 tsp chopped garlic

500g stewing beef

300g carrots

300g potatoes

1 tin of tomatoes

1 can of Irish stout e.g. Guinness

1 sprig rosemary

Method

Brown off the onions and stewing beef in some oil and garlic.

Cut the vegetables into chunks. I let the girls mix the vegetables and other ingredients separately before putting them into the slow cooker.

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Put all the ingredients into the slow cooker and cook for 6hrs high or 8 hours low. Sprinkle with rosemary.

 

We served with Soda Farls which you can make using this recipe from All Recipes. The farls are a traditional soda bread dough which is flattened and split into four and cooked on a griddle. It makes a nice accompaniment to the stew.

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Although the girls grandmother is Irish we don’t do a lot to celebrate St Patrick’s Day – this year we made some hand print shamrocks using lots of green paint. One day we will have to try to go to the big march which is in Birmingham every St Patrick’s Day.

handprint shamrocks for St Patrick's day

Around the World in 12 dishes

This is our post for Around the World in 12 dishes. This year the journey starts in Ireland.

You can find our colouring placemat right here and the passport right here (the cover for the passport is right here for you!).