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Mar. 17, 2010 4:35 pm 
Updated: Mar. 26, 2010 4:28 pm
 As I am writing this blog, I am sitting here sipping Bob's version of an Irish coffee: 1 shot of Bushmill's Irish Whiskey, 1 shot of Bailey's Irish Cream and top it off with coffee...not too bad, not too bad at all! Tonight's menu consisted of an AR member's personal recipe for Roasted Carrots and Radishes. I don't know if that is traditional or authentic, but with Bob's recent diagnosis of cancer, I'm using every opportunity to pump him full of veggies. The recipe is simple, use a bag of baby carrots, or if you get weirded out by them like I do, (don't you find it just a bit freaky that they are all the same size, pretty much??), I peeled and cut 3 regular sized carrots in to 1 inch pieces. I halved up a bunch of radishes and tossed with olive oil, garlic powder and good ol' S & P. Roast for around 20-30 minutes at 400 degrees. Thank you, Kathleen, you were right, we did really enjoy roasted radishes! Next on the menu was Guinness Bread< , Guinness Corned Beef< , Alison's Colcannon< and if that weren't enough....Boxty< and last, but never least, Luck 'O The Irish Brownie< Holy Cow! What a dinner!! Here's some interesting (at least, I thought it was) trivia about Ireland: The RMS Titanic was built in Belfast and it's last port of call before sinking was Queenstown in County Cork. Also, women in Ireland recieved their right to vote in 1918, two years before women in America were granted the same right. The Irish wolfhound is the world's tallest dog. A pint of Guinness has only 198 calories, which is less than orange juice or 1% milk! This is the Guinness Bread. This bread is absolutely fantastic! My only regret is that I had eaten so much I had to scrape most of my piece out...I just couldn't do it! I sent half the loaf over to our friends! I used quick-cooking Irish steel cut oats rather than rolled oats and it had an awesome, rustic texture. It was also sweet and savory all in one...I can't rave about this recipe enough!
This is the Boxty...I added this recipe because it's doing double duty this week. If you don't know, every Thursday, on the RE (recipe exchange), we vote on different themes, then we vote on a recipe that has less than 5 reviews and whomever wants to participate cooks the recipe, rates and reviews it, submits a photo, if possible, and then we have a discussion post on it. This was the recipe voted for this week. I really did enjoy the simple potato flavors of this recipe, the different textures. I baked my potato for this the old fashioned the oven and then I used a grated red potato for the raw one. I did not use as much flour as the recipe called for because I scaled this back for 2 people, even scaled back, I managed 8 patties from it! I topped this with some grated parmesan cheese.

Now, I know! I know! Corned beef is NOT an authentic Irish dish. I chose this recipe for the fact that my background is Irish. And here is some more background...Around the turn of the 19th cnetury, the English owned the majority of Ireland's land. They, in turn, rented out small plots to Irish farmers. Irish farmers earned roughly 8 pence a day, which is about 1/5 of what they could earn at that time over here in the New World.
In October 1845, most of Ireland's potato crop was wiped out due to a blight. Potatoes were the principal food source for Ireland's people. The Great Potato Famine can be blamed for the deaths of nearly a million people over the next 5 years. By 1855, nearly a quarter of Ireland's population had emigrated to America. Life in America was hellish for the Irish immigrants but they weren't afraid of hard work, by any means, and often took the most dangerous jobs: building bridges, canals, railroads, mining and, in later years, logging. The deplorable conditions in the coal mines that they had to work in led them to eventually found a secret society called the Molly McGuires.
I chose the corned beef recipe to honor my ancestors and relatives who built the bridges and canals and the railroads and my grandfather, who battled black lung disease from the mines and my father, who at the age of 71, still drives a log truck every day and my brother, who lost his leg in a logging accident and still works in the woods. That is what this recipe means to me. The Irish in America couldn't afford the traditional bacon and that's how the corned beef tradition came to be here...blood, sweat and can't keep us down!

Like I said, the roasted carrots and radishes are not, persay, a traditional Irish dish, but they are healthy for my husband, so I included them in this menu. Delicious!!

I had tossed around the idea of making Diane's Colcannon< and then I looked at Alison's version. I liked it better. I have made colcannon in the past, I usually make it every St. Patrick's Day, but I made my own version and I like to use kale in place of the cabbage, because I like kale. I wanted to go traditional in this blog, I chose Alison's Colcannon. You boil the potatoes, and I used baby reds, and in a separate saucepan, you heat up sliced green onions and shredded cabbage. I think I like the kale version better. This was very good, don't get me wrong...but it takes forever for the cabbage to get soft and this is usually the last dish that I need to get ready and I have a husband who's claiming that he's starving...kale cooks quicker!

My Irish-inspired St. Patrick's Day dinner...Go Ireland!!

And just when you thought this rambling blog was over....HA! It's not...I made the Luck 'O The Irish Brownies yesterday and O-M-G!! These should be called Irish Heart Attack Brownies because they are decadently SA-WEEEEET! could definately taste each separate layer...but SWEEEEET! I have never used a double boiler for anything before in my life...Bob helped me out with the design of this lovely model...

And this WILL HAPPEN TO YOU if you're like me and have the top pop off the blue and it's stuck to the green and, get the's almost off of my fingers, with the help of an SOS Pad!

These are so cool to look at...I've never made anything remotely like these before, so, believe that! If I can do it, you can do it!
My groceries came to $16.08 this week. I was able to get that corned beef for $3.98 and it was 2.69 pounds. I don't think that was too bad of a deal. So that left $3.92 to go into the Beach Bag...11 week total $68.94.
Trishie, a super cool AR/RE member, who lives in Ireland had sent me some authentic Irish recipes. I really want to thank her for those, and I really wanted to try them for this blog. I feel I owe her an apology because she took the time to research them for me and type them out and email them to me. I didn't use them because I showed them to Bob and he said no, he wanted corned beef...right now I'm trying to bulk him up before radiation so he doesn't get too run down, so if the guy wants corned beef, I'm gonna make him corned beef. I will make the traditional dishes in the future, though, and that's a promise.
We had 42 votes on next week's blog country. Bob picked Hungary and this week we had a guest country picker, my MIL, Ann. She picked Greece. The tribe has spoken! Greece it is! Stayed tuned in and until next week...peace, love and hippie beads!

Mar. 17, 2010 4:42 pm
Yay!! SO glad you liked the roasted radishes...I will type up an "official" recipe tonight after we eat our Irish feast. I also made the Guinness Bread and Guinness Corned Beef- both excellent choices!! Happy St. Patty's day WW!
Mar. 17, 2010 4:48 pm
WW, glad to see you did double duty, LOL!
Mar. 17, 2010 4:49 pm
Irish coffee: coffee, Bushmills, Kaluah, sugar, whipped cream and nutmet. Want the protions then ask!
Mar. 17, 2010 4:52 pm
WW! How did you know??? I just searched for one of these blogs. I knew you must have done one! *lol* Nice! I can't wait to try it!
Mar. 17, 2010 4:53 pm
PS: I used to have an Irish Wolfhound many years ago. He was wonderful!
Mar. 17, 2010 4:57 pm
Very colorful, a true feast all the way through to a fab dessert! Well done!
Mar. 17, 2010 5:13 pm
Your pictures are always so fantastic!! I make a brownie very similar to what you made - we call them "Death by Chocolate". Happy St. Paddy's Day to you!!
Mar. 17, 2010 5:54 pm
WW, you ARE a super woman! What an incredible menu, everything looks amazing and I cannot get over the fact that you do this in an RV kitchen! Love the tidbits of history that you share from your research. Your pics are great..your colcannon pic bumped had been there 4ever. Cannot wait to see what your Greek menu will consist of. BTW, I heard that baby carrots were really just machine cut from the middle of regular carrots, anyone know the truth??
Mar. 17, 2010 5:56 pm
They probably are cut like that, but I think carrots should look like carrots and they are different sizes and shapes and they only take a minute to peel and chop...I don't know why, but I hardly ever use baby carrots.
Mar. 17, 2010 5:58 pm
I used to love them, but after I heard that they were "faked" I never buy them anymore. Once cheated...never again :)
Mar. 17, 2010 6:07 pm
Hey there WW....first off, wyattdogster beat me to the punch. Yes, they are just regular carrots that have been machine cut to size them down. I think it's uber cool in the culinary world to have baby anything, so hey if they can charge more for a full size carrot shrunk down....on a different topic, I would have an Irish coffee pronto. I happen to love Bushmills....yum. Great pics and nice blog.
Mar. 17, 2010 6:26 pm
Avon, your picture kills me (is that what an 'avatar' is?) will the leprechaun be disappearing tomorrow?
Mar. 17, 2010 6:36 pm
Here is the link to Kathleen's Roasted Carrots & Radishes:
Mar. 17, 2010 6:36 pm
Avon...c'mon up..I've got the first round of 'em!!
Mar. 17, 2010 6:41 pm
Oh man, everything looks and sounds so great. I think I'm going to pick up some Guiness on my next shopping trip. I so want to come over to your place for dinner!
Mar. 17, 2010 6:42 pm
Thanks for posting that WW- and thanks for trying them!
Mar. 17, 2010 7:13 pm
Another excellent blog. Add a cut up parsnip or 2 to the radishes and carrots and take them over the top. Bob's idea of Irish Coffee is right up my alley!
Mar. 17, 2010 8:03 pm
You had a feast tonight! All of the food looks great!
Mar. 17, 2010 8:37 pm
Wow, I feel full after reading that! Nice.
Mar. 17, 2010 9:15 pm
Lovely job, Lassie! We serve Irish coffee at the cafe -- single shot Jameson's Irish Whiskey, single shot of Baileys, double shot of espresso, topped with Latte style milk, whipped cream and a dash of chocolate or nutmeg.... $9, pleeze.
Mar. 17, 2010 10:11 pm
Wow witchywoman, you were BUSY tonight - and even made time to blog about it (with historical facts, hello! In an RV!!). My hat is off to you. I'm done for the night - and I haven't even posted any pictures or done my reviews - OR cleaned up the kitchen. I'm gonna have to work on my chops to fit AR back into my schedule. Whew! Nicely done -- great pictures! I really love cooked radishes, did you? :)
Mar. 18, 2010 3:20 am
I love your blog. I have always wanted to do a different country or cusine meal but have never gotten around to it. Your blog is renewing my dream and I am going to make it happen. And, I love your double boiler, it looks just like mine!!!LOL! You also have my prayer's.
Mar. 18, 2010 4:48 am
I love reading your blog! Love all the photos - What a wonderful meal! I'm going to try the bread on Saturday for my St. Paddy's day party!
Mar. 18, 2010 6:19 am
Although I voted for Tahiti, I am glad to see Irish dishes. I don`t know much about Irish food. I have made the only one Irish recipe, potato buns, from a cookbook I have. Very incredible menu! Everything looks delicious!
Mar. 18, 2010 6:37 am
Love all the creative themed dishes you do every week, witchy. :D Keep this up!
Mar. 18, 2010 6:42 am
Thanks for expanding that, Trishie, or correcting the facts where I was wrong, I appreciate that...that's how my family came over here was on one of those coffin ships, then it looks like we came West from there.
Mar. 18, 2010 7:12 am
Another great blog!! I love the idea of roasted radishes! Never tried it, but they might have to be on my menu this week!!
Mar. 18, 2010 7:21 am
Great blog! Everything looks so good!
Mar. 18, 2010 7:42 am
Nice blog WW - I too did roasted radishes and they were really good.
Mar. 18, 2010 8:05 am
Great menu, WW! Love the idea of roasted radishes! I've gotta try that.
Mar. 18, 2010 8:09 am
I love raw radishes, so the thought of roasting them was a little bizarre...but I did it, and they were wonderful...a great way to fix them! And super easy, too! Kathleen was right, the carrots complimented the flavor of them. They are actually sort of sweet when they are roasted!
Mar. 18, 2010 8:12 am
Great blog WW. It all looks really good. I've never heard of roasted radishes. Think I'll have to give that one a try.
Mar. 18, 2010 8:17 am
WW Great Blog, you did the Irish proud
Mar. 18, 2010 9:11 am
ANother great one! I thoroughly enjoyed this blog too, and thank you Trishie for the additional info! While I'm not Irish, my aunt married an Irishman whose parents came over in the mid-1800's - I'm actually in the process of helping my cousin work on her father's family tree, and this blog as well as Trishie's info gives us new insight! Thank you both! :)
Mar. 18, 2010 10:31 am
Thanks for all the publicity for my radish recipe WW! We are going to make converts of all veggie eaters!!!
Mar. 18, 2010 1:03 pm
Another great blog!
Mar. 18, 2010 1:12 pm
WW, great blog. Can't wait for Greece next week.
Mar. 18, 2010 2:28 pm
Greece is going to be difficult, I don't like feta cheese and neither does Bob...I asked on the exchange and got a couple of ideas for substitutes, any ideas from you guys?
Mar. 18, 2010 3:52 pm
WW, you have my utmost admiration for your wonderful blog, recipes and photos! You are amazing and all in an RV! I keep hearing about roasted radished and will definately have to try them. I love them raw.....Ginny
Mar. 18, 2010 4:20 pm
Amazing as always WW. This looks FABULOUS!! Well done!
Mar. 19, 2010 3:03 am
I would definately give feta another try but if you both really don't like it than Mexican Queso Fresco might be a good sub. Not anywhere close to the same flavor of Feta but you would still get that salty, crumbly but yet creamy side of it.
Mar. 19, 2010 5:40 am
That was one of the suggestions that I got, another was gorganzola which I can totally dig! Love the stuff!!
Mar. 19, 2010 7:09 am
Great Job WW!! Of course:) I don't mean to sound ignorant but corned Beef is not an Irish dish or Authentic? Really? Had no idea,HUh! Like you said, if The Man want it, give it to him! I made mine into sammies, oh so good. I still have 1 whole one left. I am thinking tacos over the weekend.The brownies look Fabulous. MMMMM
Mar. 19, 2010 7:11 am
Corned beef is an Irish American dish that came about after all those Irish emmigrated to America. The traditional Irish bacon was so expensive that they couldn't afford it, and corned beef was the cheaper alternative.
Mar. 19, 2010 7:12 am
And those brownies gave me a friggin' migraine yesterday because of the sugar content and I even knocked it back some. I think you could safely half the sugar in that recipe and still get a sugar rush..LOL!
Mar. 19, 2010 3:26 pm
I have GOT to try that Guinness bread! The colnannon's on my wish list too. We just had our corned beef, but the CB in your photo looked so delicious it made me want to go to the store and get some more!
Mar. 19, 2010 3:38 pm
The bread looks delicious, I need to make some. Also, I just realized that we live in the same city! How crazy is that?
Mar. 19, 2010 3:53 pm
Yes, we! That's cool!! I think you're probably WAY younger than me, judging by your photo...
Mar. 19, 2010 4:00 pm
And I highly recommend making that Guinness Bread, it was delicious!
Mar. 19, 2010 8:31 pm
well i will be 29 next month, but i just thought it was kind of cool to find someone from the same small city as me :) and i will definitely make that bread!
Mar. 20, 2010 3:21 am
It is cool, amber and it's nice to meet you!
Mar. 23, 2010 5:07 am
Hey WW: I thoroughly enjoyed your post! I've been to Ireland 3 times and am going again in Sept. My son lives there with his wife and son, my LIttle Dill Pickle, Dylan, who is 4 yrs old. I have traveled a lot in my life and Ireland is truly a Magnificent Beauty. I cherish its history and love the Irish people....and oh, my last name is "Monahan". Cheers!
Mar. 23, 2010 6:41 am
The food looked great!! May I ask what the roasted radishes tasted like compared to fresh. Saw a similar recipe last year in a gardening mag & thought about trying it but chickened out. Will you try stuffed grape leaves for Greece?
Mar. 23, 2010 6:56 am
Raosted radishes get sweet like roasted onions do...roasting takes the bite out of them. Unfortunately, stuffed grape leaves aren't on the menu for tonight...if it were solely up to me, I would, but I have a picky husband, of sorts, who vetoed the idea as soon as it came out of my mouth. I did find some recipes that do not call for feta cheese, thank God!
Mar. 23, 2010 6:57 am
And, if you haven't guessed, by that last comment, I'm making Greek food, barring any disaster, tonight!
Mar. 23, 2010 7:32 am
I look forward to reading this blog every week. You do such a great job and always inspire me to try something new. Once again everything looks great!
Mar. 23, 2010 9:25 am
Rock on Witchy Woman! I've been cooking my way through "The Clatter of Forks and Spoons..." by Richard Corrigan, an Irish chef. The book is fabulous with historical info., gorgeous photography of landscapes here, and tales of his own upbringing on the farm. So...I've gained about 12 pounds since I started cooking from his book...ANYWAY! HAD to tell you about the Guinness and chocolate cake I baked for St. Patrick' die for! Got the recipe from an Englishwoman...oops, sorry! But it was so good. I assume she had it on her website or something, I got it out of the Sunday paper here...the illustrious Nigella Lawson. Anyway, it's foolproof and gorgeous complete with the white icing on top to look like an actual pint! Erin Go Braugh!
Mar. 23, 2010 10:59 am
That all looks amazing. I have been putting off trying the roasted carrots and radishes, because, well I really hate radishes. But if they lose their bite, maybe it wouldn't be so bad... Thanks for a great blog to read Witchy!
Mar. 23, 2010 11:03 am
Thanks Witchy Woman, now I'll try the roasted radishes! Darn on the stuffed grape leaves. I'm trying them this Spring from my own grape vines. Too bad you don't live closer, I'd have you over to try them w/me. I can guarantee my family won't even touch them! :(
Mar. 23, 2010 11:27 am
W.W. Your blogs are so interesting, I can't believe that you make all these wonderful meals in a RV kitchen. You are a very special woman, your husband is so lucky.
Mar. 23, 2010 11:38 am's been a while since I've "seen" you, it's always a pleasure when I do! Thanks for the lovely comment and don't be a stranger, stranger...LOL!
Mar. 23, 2010 11:43 am
Lemrac...thank you! I'm glad that your enjoying the blog so far. Yeah, I make all this in an RV, and I'm not sure if Bob considers himself lucky, probably the opposite...I consider myself lucky that he lets me do what I need to do for myself. Life is pretty dang stressful for me right now and these blogs are what is keeping me together, that and trying make healthier dessert recipes. I've been experimenting with wheat flour and different things, I'll unveil one of those deals on my Greek blog that, hopefully, I'll be writing tonight. I'm not going to radical with changing our diet, with Bob's cancer diagnosis, but I do plan on implementing some healthier changes. As for cooking in this RV, probably a good thing you aren't my neighbor and you don't hear the cussing that I give this dang oven sometimes. It's too small to fit a 9 x 13 pan in it and we often have "The Battle of the Wills" with each other!! LOL!
Mar. 23, 2010 11:45 am
You got a deal there, Cat Hill...where are you?? Doesn't matter! I love to travel! LOL!
Mar. 23, 2010 11:49 am
1gdcowgrl & Meagan...thanks so much!! Northpolemom...I"m glad that you're enjoying these! When my friends and family found out we were moving into this thing, they got to teasing me about hamburgers and hot dogs and stuff like that...I thought right then & there that I would overcome the obstacle of RV cooking and prove that you most definately could make really good food in one and why just limit yourself to one culture? I like everything, almost! The thing about the blogs is that we don't have a wide variety of restaurants here...mainly Chinese and Mexican, as far as ethnic go. Oh, I take that back, we have 1 Thai and 1 Vietnamese restaurant, too...but nothing really other than that. So, I've always wanted to try food from different countries and the only way to concievably do that was just to learn to cook it myself!
Mar. 23, 2010 3:01 pm
You are so cute! Myself, a Kathleen by birth, have been to Ireland. And I cooked all those adorable Irish dishes, except the radishes and brownies. My husband and I love to RV every spare minute we get. I see you are in Washington. If you get adventurous, join us down in Utah. We have dozens of places to weekend near our home in Salt Lake City. Check out my blog, And keep blogging, lassie!
Mar. 23, 2010 5:29 pm
food looks amazing. I am also of Irish decent(actually i am a mutt, but the freckles bring that to mind most often! lol)and i love this time of year when corn beef and potatoes onions and cabbage are so readily available! glad to c u knew of the mollys! i live in Schuylkill county 20 minutes from Jim Thorpe. I sorta thought we skooks were the only ones who remembered!
Mar. 24, 2010 5:34 am
Grandma Kelli~~I think when we're done with this aadventure of the RV, we are going to go back to our regular tent camping, we were talking about that the other day and we miss it! Last 4th of July was the only one we didn't get to go and camp out because Bob was working out of town and I had to work that day, too...:(
Mar. 24, 2010 5:39 am
Emeraldeyedbride410~~I remember visiting my aunt and uncle and he got into a discussion with my dad about our relatives and how we wound up coming west...not all of us, I had an aunt in Michigan who recently passed away and I have an aunt in Jupiter, FL but for the most part, they all came out here. I remember my uncle, recently passed away, as well, and my dad talking about one of my great grandfathers (I don't know how many greats to back there) and the Mollys. So I know in our family history, somehow we were tied into them. Then my family traveled to Kansas and Oklahoma where my grandfather worked in a lead mine. Our family has a cemetery plot in Baxter Springs, Kansas, if anyone is close by there...I would love to get some pictures of it!
Mar. 24, 2010 7:02 am
I don't know how you do all this in an RV and have time and any sanity left. I wanted to tell you that I am getting married in October and I know I am going to be living in a tiny you have inspired me : ) If you can be a super chef in your tiny RV, I can be (at least try) to be a super chef in my tiny apartment! Thanks
Mar. 24, 2010 7:12 am
Christen, the hardest part is running out of room to stack dirty dishes! LOL! I must do dishes 2 to 3 times a day in here and not just a few pieces of silverware either...pots, pans, the whole nine yards...I don't have a microwave or blender or anything like that (well, I do...but they are all in storage) so I do everything by hand. Now I even have to mix batter by hand because my hand mixer quit working while I was making the frosting for those brownies up above. Have you ever creamed butter and sugar by hand? Great for toning the biceps!!
Mar. 24, 2010 7:24 am
No, I've never creamed butter and sugar by hand--but I hear that!! Bravo, I nearly passed out trying to knead bread by hand. I give you a lot of credit, keep doing what you love witchywoman...I enjoy reading about it : )
Mar. 24, 2010 10:09 am
this was really great to read--thank wife is from cork...i love the bread recipe......thank u again...good luck to your hubby --HE CAN BEAT IT..................
Mar. 24, 2010 10:14 am
Hi Witchywoman, I also live in an RV full-time in Florida, so I understand all the ins and outs of cooking with a limited stove. This does present its problems. I saw in one of your posts that you don't like feta cheese. I have a recipe for Greek Chicken Pasta that is awesome. It uses the feta cheese but it makes a creamy sauce in the pan during the cooking process. I am not a fan of feta cheese either. But using it this way the flavor is not strong but quite tasty with the other ingredients. If you want the recipe, let me know and I will send it to you.
Mar. 24, 2010 10:26 am
TRISHIE--thank you for the history reading a book about O'CONNELL what a great man......
Mar. 24, 2010 4:47 pm
fat-casey, thank you so much for the well wishes, we appreciate them so much. Don't you jsut love Trishie's's great!! beachy~~I would love that email is I treasure each and every one that people send to me!!
Mar. 25, 2010 6:16 am
I'm literally in the middle of the US. You could swing by for stuffed grape leaves then we could head for What's for dinner Mom? and sample her bread! Darned if her pics aren't like yours, makes you hungry instantly!
Mar. 25, 2010 6:31 am
LOL! That's the truth!!
Mar. 25, 2010 2:39 pm
Darn it but a picture's worth a thousand bites in your's & her case. She's emailed me some of her bread recipes & I just started radishes for Kathleen's dish and that 5 pounds I wanted off by Spring doesn't seem to want to budge. Maybe I should put down the can of Guiness? Or not?! LOL
Mar. 26, 2010 5:14 am
Guinness only has 198 calories per my book, that's diet!!
Mar. 26, 2010 5:42 am
Hey & I just read that dark beer has antioxidents in it like red wine. Diet and good for you, who knew? LOL! I'll just disregard the recommended serving size!
Mar. 26, 2010 4:28 pm
Holy Cat! Bring on the dark beer!!
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