It is St Patrick's Day next Monday, but am also expecting that there will be many celebrations over the weekend. Of course, food and drink will be playing a large part of the celebrations. There are so many wonderful Irish recipes to choose from and here are some of my favourites, arranged to take you right through the day.
Heading up the list of great Irish dishes suitable year round has to be Colcannon. A clever, and delicious, way of serving up mashed potatoes. Perfect for soaking up all the lovely gravy from an Irish Stew.
- Colcannon Recipe - the perfect side dish for St Patrick's Day
- Watch My Video on How to Make Colcannon
- Irish Stew Recipe
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One of my fondest childhood 'cooking' memories; my mum making a Baked Egg Custard Tart. It was, and still is one of my favorite British foods.
Baked Egg Custard, or Custard Tart as it is also known, is not the most fashionable of English tarts but it should be. The mixture of eggs, cream, vanilla and a generous layer of freshly grated nutmeg cooked in pastry is simply delicious and just one bite of the wobbly custard filling is the stuff dreams are made of. Yum.
The tart is perfect for pudding on a Sunday if you want something a little lighter in texture but not in taste. Can't think of anything nicer.
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It is British Pie Week this week, a great British food week celebrating our love of the pie. Time to get busy baking.
A family favourite pie which is relatively cheap to make, yet so delicious, is a Chicken and Leek Pie., Another big one on this house, so if I ask my family I know exactly what they will say Beef and Ale Pie....please.
I love Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday as it is also called and have ever since I was a child. Back then we loved pancakes served simply with a little lemon and sugar and I haven't really changed much since, it is still my favourite way, though a dollop of homemade jam comes a close second. This is my Traditional Pancake Recipe, it is similar to Yorkshire pudding batter just thinner.
To make the perfect pancake takes a good pan, after many years my favourite pan broke earlier this year and I have been busy looking for a replacement. Here is the one I am experimenting with right now. Unlike my old (heavy) cast iron pan, this is a light ceramic pan and totally non stick making flipping so, so easy! I thought I could never replace my old pan, but I think I may just have.
A traditional rhubarb crumble is a classic favourite British pudding, one we have enjoyed eating for centuries. Rhubarb pie isn't far behind in popularity. So, how about bringing the two together in a delicious Rhubarb Crumble Tart.
Heaven on a plate.
This recipe works best with new season Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb, but don't worry if you do not have any, use outdoor grown. This will not be as sweet, so you may want to add extra sugar.
If you think Welsh food is simply based around lamb and leeks, then think again. Wales has a great reputation for baking wonderful cakes, buns and pancakes. The most famous cake is the fruity tea time treat of Bara Brith and this recipe comes from Gilli Davies. Gilli is the author of the renowned book of Welsh food, Flavours of Wales, published by Graffeg and was nominated for a Gourmand World Book Award in 2012.
See below for Gilli's Bara Brith and tasty tea time treat Welsh Cakes recipes.