"Top of the Mornin' and good day to ye,
We welcome a young Amy.
Married to Kevin you be,
And makin' your way through movies you must see.
You're a Project Assistant diddly-di,
And a graduate of U-High.
Your fame claim includes Dr. Oz and a blog too,
It wouldn't be right if I didn't mention poo.
There you go, of the poem there's no more,
But I have a number for you, it's 1-9-1-4."
This was definitely the highlight of my week, and I even won some tickets to go see the new Oz movie that is out. Hopefully Kevin and I will get to use it sometime this week. Thanks again to Dave, Ken, and Molly for having me on! It was such a blast!
Now onto my recipe for the week.... I attempted to make Corned Lentils and Cabbage on Saturday in honor of the holiday, and ended up with a pretty tasty cabbage stew. My pictures were a bit rushed since Kevin and I were busy this weekend, but just know that this recipe is yummier than it looks.... and it uses beer, and if that isn't sticking to the Irish holiday, I don't know what is!
- 3-5 medium red potatoes, washed and cut into large chunks
- 2 celery stalks, halved and sliced
- 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 1 large onion, roughly chopped
- 1 +1/2 cups lentils, rinsed
- 1 small head of green cabbage, chopped into smaller wedges
- 1 packet of corned beef spices (a combo of pickling spices including coriander, cloves, cinnamon, red pepper, black pepper, bay leaves, mustard seeds, etc.)
- 1- 12oz. bottle of dark beer (brown or porter)
- 2 Tbsp yellow mustard
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1+ cup water
- To a crockpot, add the prepped potatoes, celery, onion, and carrots.
- On top of the various veggies, layer the lentils.
- Sprinkle the corned beef spices over the lentils.
- Pour the beer evenly over the pot.
- Add in the mustard and gently mix.
- Add the 1/4 cup brown sugar to 1 cup water and mix until mostly dissolved. Pour over the crockpot contents and mix until combined.
- Cover and let cook on low for 5 hours, stirring occasionally if possible, and add more water if the pot is getting too dry.
- After 5 hours, add the chopped cabbage up to the brim of the crockpot. Cover and let cook on high for 1-2 hours (or low for 3-4), or until the cabbage is well wilted, but not mushy. Make sure to stir occasionally (this will get easier nearing the end of cooking).
- Serve hot with bread, over barley, or plain. Some like traditional corned beef and cabbage served with with mustard.
- If you don't have a packet of corned beef spices handy, feel free to improvise with what sounds good in the example above.
- This makes quite a lot, so be prepared for leftovers! I made much of my leftovers into corned lentil and cabbage bundle bread rolls, but it could also be great in a casserole.
- I enjoyed my corned lentils and cabbage with dejon mustard, and thought it tasted great!
What Irish foods did you try over the weekend?