The Flavors of Ireland!
You can’t tell, because, it’s cropped too tightly, but my profile picture was taken on the Cliffs of Moher. It is my favorite picture of myself, not because it’s a particularly good photo. (In fact, my hair is doing a funky wind dance.) It’s my favorite, because, it was the moment I reached a life goal. After years of money and health problems, we were able to save enough and heal enough that we traveled to Ireland and made a ten-mile hike along The Cliffs. Those cliffs are my second favorite place on earth!
Liam is of Irish heritage, but that doesn’t quite cover it. He’s a rabid Irish Nationalist! He’s proud to be American. He waves the flag, supports our troops, and eats BBQ on July 4th. However, he’s VERY passionate about all things Irish. So, St. Patrick’s Day is seriously celebrated at our house. Since our family is also passionate about all things food, we eat some amazingly good Irish food!
Seth’s (our oldest son’s) and Liam’s birthdays are a week apart. So, every spring we used to have an Irish Ceili to celebrate their birthdays. Ceili is the Irish word for hospitality; so, a Ceili is opening your home and being hospitable to others. Basically, we would have a large party with tons of Irish food and traditional Irish music. We had some great times, then Seth moved out of state and we moved farther from our friends and family. Now, we’ve made new friends near the farm and we’re hoping to have a Ceili again this spring.
In the meantime, I thought I would share some Irish recipes our family loves. I had to start with Beef and Guinness. This is a rich and savory stew. It’s wonderful and comforting. When we traveled to Inisheer, the smallest of the Aran Islands (just off the coast of Ireland), we ate Beef and Guinness. We sat in the sunshine (Yes, the sun does occasionally shine there.), watched the horses and carts go by, and stuffed ourselves with stew from the only cafe open on the island. When I make this dish, I close my eyes and imagine myself right back in that gentle sun with views of Dun Aengus, the prehistoric ring fort on the island, in the hills above.
I do hope you’ll try Beef and Guinness! It tastes like Ireland to our family!
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