To all Wild Irish Woman everywhere, St. Bridget and Roots of Hospitality

Pouring a Guinness

To Wild Irish Woman everywhere and the story of St. Bridget

Ireland’s legendary hospitality has many roots but on the first day of Spring, February 1st, we remember St. Bridget or Mary of the Gaels.

St. Bridget of Kildare is buried in Downpatrick, County Down beside our St. Patrick, and legend has it that Bridget defied her father, the King at royal matchmaking and gave away food to those in need – not the done thing. This started a life of hospitality, and Bridget would devote herself to giving and loving those all around her with the gracious gift of hospitality. Under a great oak (the sacred tree of the druids) Bridget founded her monastery in Kildare. It was here the sick were tended to, travelers were fed and poets, craftsmen and farmers were welcomed and their trades nurtured. you go girl!

This poem is associated with St. Bridget:

I should like a great lake of finest ale

For the King of Kings.

I should like a table of the choicest food

For the family of heaven.

Let the ale be made from the fruits of faith,

And the food be forgiving love.

So I lift my glass to you St. Bridget for all you have taught us, and may your legacy continue in the hearts of the Irish in every corner of the world! To those who have not visited the shores of Ireland you will find a a hundred thousand welcomes, Cead Mile Failte awaits you!

Shamrock and Peach (Judie the Irish Foodie)

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Scotch Pancakes with Smoked Salmon for Burns

Scotch Pancakes

Burn’s Night Celebration Foods

Wondering what to bring to your Burn’s Night celebrations parties? Here’s a simple Scottish recipe that will be the hit of the party! But, what’s the difference anyway between Scotch and American pancakes anyway? – here’s the rub, Scotch Pancakes are like American Pancakes, but, they are much firmer with a thicker constancy and a perfect base for savory or sweet toppings (and in my opinion just a wee bit… nicer).  The recipe makes 12 pancakes so you may want to double or event triple it because they are so delicious…

So enjoy your Burn’s night and all things Scottish as we ourselves prepare for a trip to ‘The Highlands’ in a few short weeks, researching our next Scottish adventure with Shamrock and Peach Tours…excited.

Here’s the recipe for Savory Pancakes with Smoked Salmon, Olives and Dill…

(for the pancake)

  • 6 oz of self-flour (1 cup)
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 7 oz of milk
  • Butter and a little vegetable oil for frying
  • (for the topping)
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Ground black pepper
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Creme Fraiche
  • Black Olives
  • Sprigs of Dill
  • Crème Fraiche

How to make it

  1. Sift the flour with the baking soda, salt and sugar in a bowl and make a well in the center.
  2. Whisk the eggs and milk together and pour in to the center of the dry ingredients, stirring until combined.
  3. In a heavy based pan or griddle add a just a little butter and vegetable oil. Using a small ladle drop a small amount on to the hot pan. When one side is golden flip over and cook the other side.  Remove and set aside.
  4. To assemble pile a little smoked salmon on top of each pancake with a squeeze of lemon juice over the salmon and freshly ground black pepper. Top with a little creme fraiche, chopped olives and a sprig of dill.
  5. Best served right away!

Enjoy!

Shamrock and Peach (Judie the Irish Foodie)

 

 

Low Carb Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse with a wee spot of whiskey..

Guilt free January Desserts

Finally, a dessert we can all enjoy that’s not going to mess up our low carb new resolution goals! – Yeah!, right?…and I mention that I add a wee shot of whiskey in there too? It’s just so nice to have that taste of sweet after dinner, and it gives us a chocolate fix all without the guilt…

The recipe has been tweaked from diet doctor I knew, and I custom added a few extra tweaks and instructions, along with that Irish Whiskey, or course!! – The recipe is super easy and fast, but please add the chocolate to the egg yolks slowly (so we do not make chocolate chip mousse..lol). Hope you enjoy and keep up your New Year’s goals, and if your are going to cheat a little (who doesn’t!) then this dessert is your ticket!! Here is the recipe:

  • 1 ¼ cups of heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp of Irish Whiskey
  • 2 egg yolks (room temperature)
  • Pinch of good sea salt
  • 3 oz quality dark chocolate
  • 2 Tbsp Irish Whiskey
  • Mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries and strawberries)

How to make it:

  • Place 3 oz the chocolate in a double boiler stirring until it has melted.   Set the chocolate aside to cool until it reaches room temperature.
  • Use an electric mixer to whip the cream until soft peaks appear.  Whisk in the Irish whiskey at the end.
  • In a clean bowl use a hand whisk to combine the egg yolks and salt together whisking for about a minute until the yolks are pale yellow.  Slowly add the chocolate a little at a time to the egg yolks (this must be done very gradually or else the mixture can seize up).
  • Finally add a few tablespoons of the cream to the chocolate mixture to make a smooth even batter and then incorporate the remaining cream folding through until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • Fill up a piping bag with the chocolate mousse mixture and pipe in to small glasses.  The recipe makes 10 shot glasses or 6 larger servings.
  • Best enjoyed straight from the refrigerator and left to set for 1 hour before eating.
  • Before serving to guest’s grate a little chocolate over each individual portion and serve topped with fresh mixed berries!

Enjoy (guilt free)… Judith the Irish Foodie (Shamrock and Peach) xx

Winter Warmer Hot Toddy

Irish Whiskey Winter Warmer

Winter Whiskey Cocktail

It’s cold and flu season again unfortunately, and perhaps that means it’s time we stock up on the ingredients to make a hot toddy. – but wait, ‘what is a hot toddy’? I hear you ask? – well, it’s an Irish essential for January, and for cold and flu season. The ultimate comfort made with lemon, honey, plumping hot water and wonderful Irish whiskey – the perfect way to warm up on a winters night, but read on to discover.

So, I just got over a cold myself, and I can tell you, nothing eased my symptoms better than a warm glass of toddy… Yeah, great excuse, I know!! In addition to the whiskey relaxing your body and helping you to sleep, good ol’ Irish whiskey helps to fight off infections and the growth of microorganisms. Yip, it’s true. In fact when you make this recipe you may not want to wait until you have a cold as it’s a delicious winter pick me up drink!

So, for all of you who are feeling a wee bit under the weather, I say make yourself a nice Irish hot toddy and go to bed… when you wake up in the morning your body will thank you for it!

Hot Toddy

  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp of fresh lemon Juice
  • 1 lemon peel twist
  • 4 cloves
  • Boiling Water
  • 2 oz Irish Whiskey

How to make it

  1. Prepare the lemon twist by studding with cloves and set aside.
  2. Warm up a glass by filling it with boiling water and then discarding. Add the honey and lemon juice to the glass and then pour over the boiling water filling the glass half full.  Stir to dissolve the honey and the add the lemon and clove twist
  3. Finally, top with the Irish whiskey and gently stir.
  4. Enjoy!

Shamrock and Peach (Judith x)