Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Proper Irish Meal

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Tonight we are having a hearty Irish-inspired soup, homemade whole-grain beer bread, and a Guinness, of course.

The soup is made from the following ingredients. I just simmered it all day, and it turned out great!
  • cabbage (on sale for 20 cents a pound at Publix through today)
  • 3 lbs of red potatoes (on sale for $1.99 at Publix through today)
  • chick peas
  • vegetable stock
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
The bread (which is so soft and delicious) was made in a bread maker. All you have to do is put all these ingredients in the bread maker and select the cycle for whole wheat bread. Even though our bread maker will bake the bread, I like to take the dough out just before it starts baking (after 3 hours and 20 minutes) and put it in a larger loaf pan to bake in the oven. I find that the bread turns out less dense, and more fluffy and soft.
  • 1 bottle of beer
  • 1.5 tsp of salt
  • 2 tbsp of maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp of molasses
  • 3.5 cups of whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tbsp of vital wheat gluten
  • 2 tsp of active dry yeast

Have a great day!
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  1. The soup looks great! Would you mind posting the recipe?


  2. Hi Vera - thanks! My friend from Ireland doesn't think so - ha ha! So I'm not sure I can still call it a "proper Irish meal". Anyway, I pretty much just combined the ingredients listed on the post, added salt, pepper, and olive oil and let it stew all day long. Certainly nothing fancy!

  3. YUMMY!! I am going to have to try this.

    I think you might like to take a look at my blog.

  4. Hi Rebecca!
    Thanks so much for the comment! I think that what you said is TOTALLY TRUE!! The problem is that a lot of us don't eat as healthy as we should, like for some reason my husband LOVES hot dogs...?????? So it just makes me feel better to know we are all covered and getting the nutrition that we need. =)

  5. I hope you post your bread recipe. I love new bread machine recipes to try.

  6. Hi Lisa - I posted the bread recipe. Yes, it's hard to find whole wheat recipes that aren't dense and course. We've enjoyed this one a lot.

  7. Thanks for posting your recipe! I will have to try it and see if my boys will like it.