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Cookin’ in Lissa’s Kitchen: Irish-Inspired Recipes 
Mar. 31, 2012 3:31 pm 
Updated: Apr. 1, 2012 4:21 pm

Thanks for reading the 5th volume of Cookin’ in Lissa’s Kitchen!  March is the perfect month for trying out new Irish-inspired recipes, and, of course, enjoying the old favorites!  This month checked out some recipes from the UK/Ireland Allrecipes sister site.  Your recipe box doesn’t carry over so you have to sign up with a new profile, but some of the recipes are available here too.  If you don’t want to sign up for another Allrecipes, than you can just add recipes you find on the UK site to your current recipe box using the add weblink option in your recipe box.  Just copy and paste the address!

Now of course I made the traditional America-Irish corned beef and cabbage dinner.  I grew up having it every year.  My parents always served it with Irish soda bread.  I grew up South of Boston, an area known for mutts like me of some Irish decent (I’m Italian, Irish, French and English.  Each set of great-grandparents gave me a quarter of something different!)  There, it was always easy to find soda bread at the grocery store.  Now that I live in CA and make my own corned beef and cabbage, I make my own soda bread too.  Read on for my favorite soda bread recipe, how I made my corned beef this year, and other recipes I made throughout the month of March…


Corned Beef and Cabbage I

This year I went with this recipe.  Last year I did the slow cooker and this year I went stove-top.  Both turned out fine.  For this recipe though, I also added whole peppercorns, a couple of bay leaves, and the spice packet.  It came out just right!  I don’t know what else to say other than it was great with some horseradish spread and Dijon mustard.  If you are thinking about making your next corned beef brisket on the stove-top, I highly recommend this recipe!


Irish Cabbage (UK)

This one came from the UK/Ireland site.  I made this for my husband because he doesn’t like the cabbage from the corned beef and cabbage dinners.  Nope, it’s “too mushy and flavorless” for my picky husband!  He smiled when I put this in front of him; it was the bacon!!!  The red wine vinegar adds a nice touch, but I say to heed this warning: add it little by little as the whole amount may be a bit overwhelming for some peoples’ tastebuds.  Surprisingly good, I’ll be making this again next year, and maybe I’ll even do all of the cabbage this way!


Nana Dot’s Irish Soda Bread

Well thank you Nana Dot!  This is the best Irish soda bread I have tasted, homemade or store bought!  Super easy and quick to make!  Very easy to halve the recipe too, but I don’t know why you would want to do that ;)  The recipe mentions the caraway seeds are optional, but I think that they and the currants are an absolute must!  I even make my teaspoons of caraway seeds heaping!  This bread is good warm with a little soft butter smeared on it.  You really ought to give this one a try!


Black and Tan

My husband doesn’t drink these often but always makes them for St. Patricks!  The little gadget in the picture is a Black N Tan Turtle from BrewTools.  I think that is what it’s called anyhow.  It helps achieve the layers, but you can use a spoon too.  The other photo, by Christina, better shows the layers of the drink.  Be prepared to have a few or drink with a buddy because it makes a minimum of two drinks.  This is one heavy drink so I usually just a steal a few sips from my husband, lol!


Bailey’s Irish Coffee (UK) / Irish Coffee (U.S.)

There’s nothing like a cup of coffee to perk you up after a filling meal!  I also picked up this recipe from the UK/Ireland site, but I found a version here as well.  They look to be the exact same to me.  Welp, this one was too much for me!  It’ll pick you up alright, then knock you on your you-know-what!  I’ll take it without the extra whisky and just stick to the Irish cream next time!  If you enjoy a strong drink, well then by all means, add that shot of whisky too!  Throughout the course of this month, I made several batches of Original Irish Cream.  What a fantastic recipe!  It’s a perfect recipe to suit to your tastes and cheaper than buying another bottle!  We had it on the rocks, in the Irish Coffees, and in another drink, see a little further below.  I do recommend trying the Irish Cream recipe if you like Irish cream!



St. Patrick’s Leftovers Colcannon

I needed a way to use up all those leftover potatoes and cabbage wedges from the big meal, so I created this recipe.  It came out pretty good!  I served it with leftover corned beef on rye bread with a sauce made from mayonnaise, horseradish spread, and Dijon mustard and a slice of white cheese.  A good pairing and a great way to use up leftovers!


Mint Chocolate No-Bake Torte

Sorry, no link for this one; the recipe needs too much tweaking.  I created this recipe using plain graham crackers instead of cake layers, but the crackers didn’t soften up as I’d hoped.  I think if I used more cream maybe, because the crackers soaked up most of it and it needed more!  You can't even see the mint cream layers because they are so soaked in!  I let it sit in the fridge for 8 hours to soften, but I’m pretty sure the sit time wasn’t the issue here.  I might try it again, finding a way to make it worth sharing the recipe.  Bummer, because it looked really good!


Triple Fionn MacCool (UK) / Triple Fionn MacCool (U.S.)

Another one I found on the UK/Ireland site that I later found on here.  I really liked the cinnamon, but just looking at this drink, my mouth wanted it to be thicker.  Sarah Jo made a great point in her review, comparing it to eggnog with whisky that isn’t thick.  I didn’t even read her review until after I had tried it, but I think I had eggnog on the brain too.  If you can split that from your mind, this is a pretty good drink.  Also made me think about Kahlua and milk too.  A nice little change and a good little March drink.

Those of you with the supporting membership can view my menu here if you would like.  I didn’t add the Irish Cabbage since it was from the UK/Ireland site, but the other recipes were available here so I was able to add them to the menu.

That’s all I’ve got for you this time.  I don’t know how to add more than 8 photos like other people do, but I can get long-winded sometimes anyhow!  I also wanted to mention that the UK/Ireland site lets you message one another so that’s kinda neat!  Please ‘friend’ me if you sign up, I’m Lissa13.

[I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on Adventures in Lissa's Kitchen! The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of *~Lissa~*.]

Nana Dot's Irish Soda Bread
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Corned Beef and Cabbage I
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Irish Coffee
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Black and Tan
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Triple Fionn MacCool
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Irish Cabbage
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Mint Chocolate No-Bake Torte
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St Pat's Leftovers Colcannon
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Mar. 31, 2012 5:30 pm
Corned Beef and Cabbage, It has been so long since I had this. I hope my wife gets over her acid reflex soon. She has been eating boiled chicken and fish for a month now. It's getting Old cooking for my self.
Apr. 1, 2012 4:14 pm
Aw, bummer KingSparta. It's so easy to make and tasty too, that you just have to make it when she's feeling up to it! Thanks for coming by!
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