St Patricks Day Menu

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This is not a hard-core Irish menu, but it’s about as Irish as I get.  Motivated by all the  really good quality grass-fed lamb which is plentiful now that Spring approaches I wanted to make Irish Stew.  The other pseudo Irish dish I was intrigued by was the Soda Bread Buns recipe in the NYT.   The buns turned out really well and I found the combination of caraway and currants to be inspired (and delicious).

As you can see the rest of the menu isn’t so Irish, I made a lasagna for a vegetarian friend and had a very ripe pineapple that I wanted to use before it started to ferment!

Green Beer and Whiskey aren’t really my things so instead we started out with cocktails: Corpse Revivers, a gin based drink that appealed to me because it has no added sugar to it – the inspiration and recipe for this drink came from Rachel Maddow who loves to make (and drink) cocktails.

Although I made my Irish Stew with Lamb it is often made from beef…I will publish a recipe here in the next couple of days.  Spring lamb stew is great comfort food and these soda buns are great to soak up all the stew at the bottom of the bowl.

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About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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2 Responses to St Patricks Day Menu

  1. Chris & Skip says:

    You are AMAZING! This menu is perfect—spinach lasagne and all. Skip read it off to me last night in an accusatory tone while we were trying to figure out what we wanted (and mostly DID NOT WANT) to do about dinner. This was the first in many years I have not done the whole Irish shebang—corned a beef, baked soda bread—so I go vicarious pleasure reading about your lovely meal.

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