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Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Let’s start with my favorite Irishmen and 1 Scotsman singing Danny Boy. Celtic Thunder, I’ve seen them, meet them, they are verra nice men and Keith Harken smells so good and it’s die for to have George hold your hand as he speaks to ye, I wanted to melt and I could ha stood there all night just listening to him. I am sorry to say I still havena figured out the u-tube tv thing so here is the link.  Looking back over what I’ve written I see my inner scotophile is coming out, you can blame friends like Sue-Ellen and Melissa for that.

Here is Damien McGinty singing Come By The Hills, this was the first time we saw him, he is so cute and the next year when we saw him my wee Maddy gave him a wee purple Bunny and a few months later I was talking to the producers wife Charity at their last US concert up in New Hampshire or Maine and I mentioned the bunny and she told me Damien slept with it on the touring bus. He is just 14 or 15 in this video and he has the voice of an angel.

and here he is a few years later singing it completely in Gaelic. Buachaill on Eirne

If you ever get a chance to see them perform it is worth it.

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And now how about a recipe or two or four????

From All Recipe .com

Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread

soda bread

“A good old-fashioned soda bread with just the basic ingredients. Buttermilk gives this crusty loaf a good flavor. The best Irish soda bread around!”

Original recipe makes 1 1 1/2 pound loaf

PREP  15 mins      COOK 50 mins    READY IN   1 hr5 mins

4 cups all-purpose flour             4 tablespoons  white sugar

1 teaspoon  baking soda            1 tablespoon  baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt                       1/2 cup  margarine, softened

1 cup  buttermilk                        1  egg

1/4 cup  butter, melted             1/4 cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda,  baking powder, salt and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an ‘X’ into the top of the loaf.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 30 to 50 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.

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And how about some Irish style Lamb Stew

irish stew Just right to go with  that Irish Soda Bread!

Makes 6 Servings  PREP 25 mins      COOK  2 hrs        READY IN  2 hrs25 mins

1-1/2 pounds cubed lamb meat

1-1/2 large onion, halved and sliced

1-1/2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and sliced

1-1/2 carrot, peeled and sliced

1-1/2 large stalks celery, sliced

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

salt and pepper to taste

3  cups beef stock

1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons  chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


How about a side dish….just for my potato zealot friend Sue-Ellen.


Potatoes  This is a recipe from County Mayo. It is traditional Halloween fare but good anytime! Kale can be substituted for cabbage.” — Marc Boyer

Original recipe makes 4 to 6 servings
1 pound cabbage                    1 pound potatoes
2 leeks                                      1 cup  milk
salt and pepper to taste        1 pinch  ground mace
1/2 cup butter


  1. In a large saucepan, boil cabbage until tender; remove and chop or blend well. Set aside and keep warm. Boil potatoes until tender. Remove from heat and drain.
  2. Chop  leeks, green parts as well as white, and simmer them in just enough milk to cover, until they are soft.
  3. Season and mash  potatoes well. Stir in cooked leeks and milk. Blend in the kale or cabbage and heat until the whole is a pale green fluff. Make a well in the center and pour in the melted butter. Mix well.

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Now how about some desert???

Luck o’ the Irish Brownie

Brownie  My don’t these look yummy!

Original recipe makes 1 9×13-inch pan       PREP 30 min    COOK  25 mins      READY IN 1 hr35 mins

4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate

1 cup margarine, softened           2 cups white sugar

3 eggs                         2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour               1/2 cup butter, softened

4 cups confectioners’ sugar        2 tablespoons  milk, or as needed

1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract

6 drops green food coloring

1 1/3 cups  semisweet chocolate chips

6 tablespoons  butter

1 tablespoon  vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. Melt the unsweetened chocolate in a cup or small bowl in the microwave. Stir at 15 second intervals until chocolate is smooth. Allow to cool slightly. Transfer to a large bowl, and stir in the margarine and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs  one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Stir in the flour just until blended. Pour the batter into the prepared dish and spread evenly.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the surface appears dry and the sides are beginning to pull away from the edges of the pan, 20 to 25 minutes. The brownies may look more like cake and may jiggle slightly in the center- this is normal. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan set over a wire rack.
  4. To make the middle layer, beat 1/2 cup of butter with confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer. Add milk as needed to get a spreadable consistency. Stir in the peppermint extract and green food coloring. Spread this over the cooled pan of  brownies. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
  5. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate chips with the butter until melted. Stir every 20 seconds until chocolate is smooth. Stir in vanilla and then pour over the chilled brownies and quickly spread to cover the surface. Cool again until firm, about 10 minutes, then cut into squares and serve.

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I hope you all remember to wear your green and have a great day being Irish whether or not you are. I’m not that I know of but Denny and the kids all are.

Health update: I received a call the pharmacy about two new scripts my doctor called in, no one called me and told me he did this, but it’s for more iron pills and a Vit B prescription. So I’ll find out on Tues. what my blood work came back but I’d say it was low iron again since he called that in. I’ll let you all know what else I find out after I see him. Take Care and thanks for being such great friends and followers.

Z Seawitch

Good luck on any hops you enter this weekend.