I’m not Irish at all. Not a single ounce. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t celebrate. Especially living in Boston, it’s pretty hard to avoid the celebration. I’ve spent a couple of St Patrick’s Day down in South Boston for the parade and the partying that follows. Though this year, I think I’ve out-grown the madness. Nah, let’s be honest, I was too tuckered out from Saturday night to head down to the festivities.
For the past few years I’ve also gotten together with some friends for the traditional Irish Boiled Dinner. It’s a Kate specialty and she makes a mean corned beef and Irish Soda Bread. This year, I did it a bit differently, I stayed home, made Shepherd’s (Cottage) Pie, Sauteed cabbage, and soda bread. Of course, paired it with a Celtic Ale. Guinness from a can just isn’t right.
As I looked for recipes and consulted Joy of Cooking, I learned that Shepherd’s Pie is traditionally made with ground lamb and one made with ground beef is known in the UK as Cottage Pie. So, technically I made a Cottage Pie, loosely based on this recipe. The soda bread, I used the recipe from Joy of Cooking, and the cabbage I made with help from Elise over here.
That was my day. Oh, and this lil’ buddy was running around the place like a bandit!