Saturday, March 17, 2007

Green Beer and Corned Beef

Yes, I know, green beer and corned beef are not Irish traditions. But it's beer (mmmmm -beer). So what if it's green (use a drop of blue to make your own, remember the color wheel from grade school?).

Corned beef is not the most healthy meat, so why not once a year for St. Patrick's day?

What is really Irish, and what completes the meal, is soda bread:

6 c. flour
2 t. baking soda
2 t. baking powder
3 T. cornstarch
2 t. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1/2 cup currants
2 1/2 c. buttermilk

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add buttermilk and mix until a lumpy ball is formed. Knead for a minute or two. Divide dough into two balls and press slightly to flatten them. Place on ungreased baking sheet (parchment is recommended) and slash a cross in the top of each with a razor or very sharp knife. Rest for 10 minutes, then bake for 40 minutes or until loaves are golden brown. Cool on racks. Great as is, or sliced and toasted.


Smallholder said...

The Maximum Leader and I (okay, the Maximum Leader) also made corned beef for St. Patty's day. We washed it down with Guiness. Good times.

Come to think of it, the Maximum Leader and Polymath are always forcing me to drink alcohol against my will.

'elp, 'elp, I'm bein' repressed!

Polymath said...

No one can force you to dink alcohol. They can only force you to drink _more_ alcohol.