Ireland: Irish Beef Stew, Brown Soda Bread, Irish Rice Pudding
I was fortunate to visit Ireland when I spent a semester studying abroad, and I loved it. My friend and I took a Paddwagon tour of southern Ireland and it was absolutely beautiful. My favorite place was the Cliffs of Moher. Out of all the places I visited in Europe, this was definitely in my top list of gorgeous sites. My visit was in the pre-digital camera age (at least for me), so I’ll just post a picture I found online.
I decided to make Irish beef stew and soda bread, and my mom found a recipe for Irish rice pudding. Here’s the recipe for the stew:
I followed the recipe except for two changes. I substituted one cup of red wine for one of the cups of stock to give it more depth of flavor. Also, after it was supposed to be ready to serve, it was still rather thin so my mom, brilliant as she is, added some flour mixed with water and it thickened into the perfect stew consistency. Gotta love cooking with mom 🙂 The stew ingredients:
Making the soda bread was incredibly easy, and I won’t keep you in suspense about the verdict: We LOVED the bread. It was so delicious, and it’s a really easy and healthy recipe. No rising or kneading necessary! Fresh out the oven, it was divine. You should make it! Here’s the recipe, the only change I made was to double the wheat germ because we didn’t have wheat bran, and I used light buttermilk:
For dessert we made Irish rice pudding. My mom and I love rice pudding, and this one was especially creamy and delicious. My non-rice pudding fan dad had an obligatory spoonful.
Keeping in mind the modifications to the recipes I made, I would do everything the same. Especially the company!