Are you lucky? If you're like me, you probably don't win at many things. That is unless you are running for a student body officer in high school and no one runs against you. Yep, true story. I won. I'm so lucky!
Well, maybe you are lucky in many parts of your life, but wouldn't it be nice not to have to rely on serendipity so much this St. Patrick's Day - especially in the kitchen? I've compiled these great IRISH foods that would be perfect to add to your menu on March 17. Best part? They are are super easy to make and don't require lots of crazy ingredients you've never cooked with before.
2 pounds cheap stewing lamb, cut into large chunks
small bunch thyme
3 onions, thickly sliced
5 carrots, cut into big chunks
6 medium potatoes, cut into big chunks
3 cups lamb stock
3 bay leaves
3/4 cup pearl barley
1 large leek, washed and cut into chunkssmall knob of butter
1. Heat the slow cooker if necessary, then heat the oil in a frying pan. Sizzle the bacon until crisp, tip into the slow-cooker pot, then brown the chunks of lamb in the pan. Transfer to the slow-cooker pot along with the thyme, onions, carrots, potatoes, stock, bay leaves and enough water to cover the lamb. Cover and cook on Low for 7 hrs.
2. Stir in the pearl barley and leek, and cook on High for 1 hr more until the pearl barley is tender.
3. Stir in the butter, season and serve scooped straight from the dish.
I hope you find the gold at the end of your rainbow, or at least you eat some yummy food this St. Patrick's Day. If you are lucky enough to have some Irish ancestry, the leprechauns will thank you.
P.S. If you are looking for something to read while your dinner is in the slowcooker, check out my book, Remembrandt, about a seventeen-year-old with an eidetic memory who can't forget anything. When she solves an impossible puzzle for her Russian professor, Alexandra is catapulted into a life of cryptic codes, covert missions, and unexpected love.