Happy St. Patrick's Day!

May the luck of the Irish be with you and hopefully before you leave the house you remember to wear a little bit of green so you don't get pinched. Wait, scratch that. Due to Covid-19 you shouldn't really be pinching anyone outside of your household, maintaining six feet of social distance and all makes it hard.

McGuire's Irish Restaurant and Pub

There are many different restaurants and bakery's around town celebrating with Irish inspired meals and but paying homage to our only bar in town that constantly celebrates it's heritage might be where you find your pot of gold!

Soda Bread 

I grabbed Grandma's Irish Soda Bread via Salley's Baking Addiction, I've never made it before and this one has the highest rating. A trick when testing out a new recipe. Scroll down to the comments and see what everyone is saying, there could be a really good tip to elevate the dish and most times the author signs off on them. For recipe you'll need cold butter and buttermilk but not yeast!

  • Whisk 1 3/4 cup buttermilk with one egg, set aside then in a separate bowl whisk 4 1/4 cup flour, 2 Tablespoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of salt together.
  • Take 5 Tablespoons of cold butter cut into cubes and cut into the the flour mixture like you would with scones or a pie crust. I have used two forks before to get it really mixed together and then add the wet ingredients
  • Work it all together with your hands and then score the top with a knife to help the middle bake properly
  • Pop in the oven heated to 400 degrees in either a cast iron pan, a sheet pan or I am going to try out my Dutch oven, make sure to use some parchment paper so it doesn't stick and keep the lid off.

Bake for 45 minutes and check half way through to see if it's getting too brown on top, if so cover with foil for the rest of it.

I'm pumped to test out a new recipe, you could serve with with traditional corn beef and cabbage or try your and at an Irish stew.

Movies to Watch

  • Brooklyn a 2015 Romantic Drama that stars Saoirse Ronan who comes to Brooklyn from Ireland in the 1950's to start a new life
  • Wild Mountain Thyme a 2020 film starring Jamie Dornan, Emily Blunt and more. A romantic tale about Rosemary who loves her neighbor Anthony but apparently there is a curse
  • Leap Year a 2010 romantic comedy starring Amy Adams who goes on an Irish adventure to propose to her boyfriend
  • Once a 2007 musical romance that follows street musicians in Ireland who team up for a song and so much more is created
  • The Departed (the list was starting to get too sappy right?) This 2006 film stars Jack Nicolson, Matt Damon and Mark Walberg dealing with the irish mob and the inner workings of the police department

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