Last week I had the honor of being a featured chef at the annual Angels on Earth event to benefit the Thomas F. Chapman Family Cancer Wellness Center. The venue was at the gorgeous Bill Low Gallery in Atlanta with 250 attendees, and yes, yours truly was the Irish chef on hand. What a privilege!
What did I present? Well, The Shamrock and Peach featured Smoked Salmon with Cucumber and Dill and Kale Irish Dip, and I believe it was a hit! So much so that several guests at the event asked me to share the recipe, so being the giving type – here it is in all of it’s glory. A Kale Irish Dip Recipe- sharing the love, and hope you enjoy!
Kale Irish Dip (with Vegetable Credos and Garlic Toasts)
2 Tbsp olive oil
6 oz of Lacinato Kale (1 bunch with the stems removed and roughly chopped)
3 Tbsp of vegetable stock
12 oz artichoke hearts (frozen or a canned drained/chopped)
You can tell by now that I am pretty crazy about history! So combing tea and history has me working in my element. I was asked to host an Irish afternoon tea event at Barrington Hall, an 1839 Greek Revival style mansion in downtown Roswell, Georgia earlier this month. The building is ranked as one of the 50 most beautiful homes in Metro Atlanta and it’s been fully restored and furnished with many period and family pieces. The original owner, Roswell King’s daughter (Eva and her husband Rev. William Baker) moved into Barrington Hall in 1883 and owned a tea and coffee importing company. The Bakers have entertained some rather famous people for tea including President Theodore Roosevelt and Margaret Mitchell, so, naturally I wanted to know about the tea they imported and served and ferociously began researching.
The tea that they imported was Orange Peoke! The ‘orange’ in Peoke is sometimes mistaken to mean the tea has been flavored with actual orange. However, the word “orange” is unrelated and refers to the Dutch house of orange black tea leaves of a specific size and quality. These grading are typically used from teas from Sri Lanka, India other than China. After research I found that the closest tea I could serve was an Irish Breakfast tea (I served Punjana). Irish Breakfast has a higher proportion of Assam blended with a little Ceylon. The Assam is copper colored and what we call in Ireland ‘a hearty brew’ and it’s good with a wee spot of milk. We like to say it’s full of Malty gusto and it’s great any time of the day (if your Irish or Irish at heart).
So, I hope this inspires you to fill a kettle and enjoy a spot of Irish tea that’s been enjoyed from Victorian times and a historic pleasure we can all afford to enjoy every day!
Shamrock and Peach is excited to announce a free ticket giveaway to go and see the Celtic Thunder Legacy tour at the Fox theater on October 13 2016.
The giveaway will be based on a personal interview I had with Celtic Thunder star Ryan Kelly. Ryan is from the Moy in Northern Ireland and we had so many shared food memories from our homeland. Tomorrow we will be launching the quizz question to my readers and the winner will receive 2 complimentary tickets to the Fox Theater.
So…stay tuned! Tell your friends, and get ready for a chance to this incredible show at the Fabulous Fox Theater!