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.
1 tsp chopped garlic
500g stewing beef
1 tin of tomatoes
1 can of Irish stout e.g. Guinness
1 sprig rosemary
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.
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.
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.
This is our post for Around the World in 12 dishes. This year the journey starts in Ireland.