Wearing o’ the Green

Top of the morning to you all! I have been down with a bad sinus infection and cold , I guess eating super clean does not exempt you from getting sick. Maybe my immune system is cleansing too! In honor of St. Patrick’s day I thought I would share some Irish wisdom and a great recipe.

I saw this quote by Oscar Wilde scrolled so uniquely on this gorgeous back and I had to share it, talk about wearing o’ the green! If anybody as a people and a culture know how to enjoy life it is the Irish. Their history fascinates you with legends and fairy tales, they are always willing to pause and tell a story too! When you read back in history there are stories of the great wandering storytellers who roamed about and received food and shelter if they would share their stories with the people . Whatever house the storyteller stopped at would become the party that night , everyone gathering and sharing. I can see the kids fascinated with big eyes, a roaring fire blazing in the hearth and plenty of Irish(whiskey) being poured in the glass…..toasty inside and out right?  

Another quote I love also by Oscar Wilde, ” Never love anybody who treats you like you are ordinary.”

A reminder to all of us how unique we are but also how special the people we love are and to not treat them as ordinary either, it works both ways. The following recipe will help you celebrate Irish style with food that is not ordinary, with the extraordinary people you choose to party with! Love yourself today and in doing so you will beam with love and those around you will be hit by the sunshine.

Dinner should include:  great food, hearty drink, tons of laughter & BIG stories, after all it is the day for it and the best of friends, maybe even new best friends!

Supply List: Jameson’s Irish Whisky, Guinness, 2 pounds Organic bay potatoes, 2 pounds assorted root vegetables (to include, turnips, parsnips, carrots,onions and garlic ), malt vinegar, parsley, 2 pounds organic grass fed beef ( large cubed chuck). pastry dough, either homemade or Pillsbury. this will make six pasties.

We re going to make pasties! They are my favorite Irish meal. A wonderful savory meat pie that is filled with all of these goodies and served broken open and sprinkled with malt vinegar..Yummy! You can also make them vegetarian if you like.

Prep: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

prepare your pastry crust with your favorite recipe or use Pillsbury all ready made pie crusts, a great short cut! You will need one 6 inch round for each pastry.

Peel all of the root vegetables and cut into 1/2″ cubes.

Minced the garlic and chopped the onion into small dice.

Coarsely chop the parsley and set aside.

If using the meat, cut into 1′ pieces and season by sprinkling with sea salt and coarse black pepper.

 

add 2 Tbsp. canola oil to a medium hot skillet,add the onions and slowly brown for two to three minutes. add the garlic and stir into the onions, be careful not to burn it, adjust the heat if you have to. Add  the  cubed meat and brown on all sides, letting a small crust form before you mix it around in the pan. When all of the meat is cooked add in the chopped veggies , except for the parsley. stir it well and cook for about three minutes until all the veggies are coated with the pan juices. remove from heat and let cool for about ten minutes. When you are ready to assemble the pasties add the fresh parsley and salt and pepper to the vegetables& meat mixture. Scoop 1 cup of the meat mixture into the middle of the pie crust and fold the top over the bottom edge to form a half moon. roll and crimp the edges to seal the pie.Do this for as many as you are making . Brush the tops with egg yolk for a rich golden color. Make four small slits in the top of each pie before you bake them. bake for approx. 30 minutes, turning halfway through to ensure even browning of the crust. While you are waiting make a bountiful green salad to serve with these. Maybe a great Irish cheese platter with olive and soda bread too!

Serve warm, sprinkled with malt vinegar. They can be made ahead and re heated once you are all ready to eat..Enjoy!

And drink a toast to the Chef, Jameson’s of course!

side note: day 27 of the resurrection cleanse

 

 

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