Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Belated St. Patty's Day!

Belated Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone! I hope you had a great time. I cooked tons -- two briskets, two heads of cabbage, and lots of potatoes. Then my guests brought mac n' cheese, whiskey carrots, smoked chicken legs, and TONS and TONS of Guinness. We still have a 24-pack left over.

There was eating and drinking and laughing and more drinking. The poor hubby was feeling it on Monday. Good thing he took the day off.

On top of all that, I suddenly discovered I like making Irish Soda Bread. I had no clue the recipe was that easy. Check it out: Traditional Irish Soda Bread and Brown Soda Bread with Molasses.

I made the traditional version and it turned out really well for my first try. I plan to make the brown one next time. Plus I got a new crock pot to cook one of the briskets (in Guinness). So the soda bread will go great with what I plan to cook in the crock pot.

I adore simple recipes. I have no technique. Anything complicated isn't going to be done right unless practiced and I abhor wasting food in the name of learning. My mommy always taught me that mistakes get eaten. The only exception to that rule is if the mistake is inedible to the point of it being detrimental to my health. So simple recipes are always a good thing. Simple recipes that come with a video are even better so I can see how it's supposed to be prepared.

So I have earned my Thanksgiving turkey merit badge and my St. Patty's day corned beef brisket merits badge, along with my Irish soda merit badge. I get to add those to the ones I already had -- ceviche and banana bars (like banana bread but not as finicky). And of course I knew how to make mac n' cheese from way back -- spaghetti n' cheese too.

There are tons of recipes on FaceBook, which is one of the main reasons I hang out there now. I'm going to start raiding the Pillsbury site for recipes since there is so much you can do with those crescent rolls of theirs. What about you all? Any favorite SIMPLE recipes you want to share?

Zenobia Renquist
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jean hart stewart said...

Good for you! I used to be a great cook, at least my husband thought so. Now I mostly do simple, simple stuff with fresh veggies and lean cuisine. Can't get too easy for me.

Tina Donahue said...

Brown soda bread with molasses sounds yummy. :)

Fiona McGier said...

Ham and veggies with rice

Chop up a pepper (green or red)
Chop up an onion
Chop up a few stalks celery
Sauté above in 1 Tbsp. oil for about 5 minutes.

Make 3 cups rice in microwave--I bought a Pampered chef maker that takes only 20 minutes to perfect rice, every time!

Chop up a small cooked ham steak.

Add rice, ham and 2-4 Tbsp. Soy sauce, and 1/2 tsp. curry powder to veggies and pepper to taste. Stir.

Beat 3 eggs in a bowl and clear a space in the middle of the pan--dump in the egg and let it cook undisturbed for a few minutes until it starts to harden. Then stir until it is fully cooked.
Now stir the cooked egg into the rest of the ingredients and yell out that dinner's ready! Yum!

It's funny that you asked today, since this is what we had for dinner tonight, so it's fresh in my mind! I hope you like it...it reheats in the nuke very well.

Zenobia Renquist said...

Fiona - Thanks for the recipe. That's sounds fantastic and very easy. As it turns out, I have a lot of celery left over and need to find an excuse to use it, so this comes in very handy.

Tina - I know, doesn't it. I'm looking forward to seeing how it tastes.

Jean - Nothing wrong with easy. I love easy. There's enough hard in life. Cooking shouldn't be hard... unless you're on a cooking show and really want that $50K (or up) prize. :D