In the midst of the madness of March, we’ve got a week’s worth of recipes that will help you celebrate St Patrick’s day and all things Irish.
Breakfast: Irish soda bread with scrambled eggs – I’m not normally one to spend time kneading, but fresh bread really is special. So one very good alternative is Irish soda bread, which goes amazingly with scrambled eggs.
Lunch: Irish blue cheeses with crackers – The best known Irish blue cheese is Cashel Blue, but there are so many other delicious Irish cheeses to try. I’d suggest having a little board full of these cheesy delights.
Dessert: Black velvet cake – I created this cake from the basic recipe for Black Velvet cake – a dark Guinness and chocolate cake topped with frothy white icing.
Lunch: Smoked trout pâté with Irish soda bread -This is a starter you can make in a jiffy, but the Irish paprika soldiers make it wonderful. It will also use up any of the leftover soda bread that you made on Saturday.
Dinner: Lancashire hotpot – This recipe results in an extra luscious Lancashire hotpot thanks to the celeriac and the fortified wine.
Dinner: Aloo Palak – this is a potato-based Indian dish that is made verdantly green with the help of a couple handfuls of spinach.
TUESDAY (ST PATRICK’S DAY):
Dinner: Veal escalope – Although clearly Italian, I’m counting this recipe as ‘Irish’ because the first time I came across it I was having dinner in the Capri Bay restaurant in Youghal – and also it’s made with Irish veal!
Dinner: Cumberland sausage with cheesy potatoes – Serve the sausage on a bed of fried, cheesy potatoes, together with a hearty, fruity chutney (I use apple and blackberry) and a floppy English lettuce salad anointed generously with lots of creamy dressing.
Dinner: Fried fillet of perch with tartare sauce – This is a quickly made fish-finger-substitute comfort food, with homemade tartare sauce, wonderful wedge potatoes, and the added interest of some fresh, nutty romanesco.
Dessert: St Patrick’s chocolate tart – A chocolate tart with a Maryland chocolate chip cooking base and light, whipped cream, dark chocolate and whiskey filling. The slight added saltiness adds a beautiful depth of flavour.
Cocktail: Connemara whiskey – I adore this whiskey. It is peaty but gentle, easy on the tongue, smoky but also with a bit of caramel and vanilla.