Tuesday, 9 March 2010


Wishing our Irish community 
the very best for St Patricks Day March 17th 

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years. On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast—on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

Irish Bacon and Cabbage
see below for recipe

    Irish Recipe
    Irish Bacon and Cabbage
    1 Shannon Traditional Slab Bacon (11/4 - 2lb) 1/2 green cabbage and 1/2 white cabbage 8 potatoes (peeled) Salt and pepper 1. Remove slab bacon from plastic bag. Cover with cold water. 
    2. Bring to boil and drain. 
     3. Cover with fresh cold water. Bring to boil and then simmer for 25 minutes per 1lb plus 25 minutes over. 
     4. Remove outer leaves of cabbage. Cut in half, add to the saucepan and simmer for the last 20 minutes. 
    5. Remove bacon to chopping board and carve into thin slices. Drain cabbage, season with salt & pepper, chop and add a knob of butter. 
    6. Serve the bacon with the cabbage and boiled potatoes as well as your choice of sauce.

When You Were Sweet Sixteen

  1. When first I saw the love light in your eye
    I dreamt the world held naught but joy for me
    And even though we drifled far apart
    I never dream, but what I dream of thee

    I love you as I never loved before
    Sincefirst I met you on the village green
    Come to me or my dream of love is
    I love you as
    I loved you,
    When you were sweet
    When you were sweet sixteen
  2. Last night I dreamt I held your hand in mine
    And once again you were my happy bride
    I kissed you as I did in Auld Lang Syne
    As to the church we wandered side by side

    I love you as I never loved before
    Sincefirst I met you on the village green
    Come to me or my dream of love is
    I love you as
    I loved you,
    When you were sweet
    When you were sweet sixteen

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with GUINNESS

Darth Vader Guiness

St Pat’s facts

*Over 5 million pints of Guinness are sold in the UK each year on St. Patrick’s Day
*Over 13 million pints of Guinness are raised on St. Patrick’s Day across the globe, which brings more than 150 pints to life every second
*Guinness has been marking St. Patrick’s Day, one of the liveliest calendar celebrations for over 15 years
*Last year, Guinness celebrated 250 years since the signing of the 9,000 year lease at St. James’s Gate brewery in Dublin
*The St James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin produces 4 million pints of Guinness every day
*Today, Guinness is popular around the world and sold in more than 150 countries
*Gas bubbles travel downwards, instead of upwards, bringing a pint of Guinness to life with its famous surge and settle motion

Guiness Brewery Dublin (by Coda) 

Black Velvet Recipe and History

Flute of Champagne
Flute of GUINNESS Extra Stout
Serves 1 (1.3 units)

GUINNESS mixed fifty fifty with Champagne. Legend has it that this famous drink was invented in 1861 at Brook’s Club in London. Prince Albert had died, everyone was in mourning, and the story goes that the steward at the club, overcome with the emotion of the occasion, ordered that even the champagne should be put into mourning, and proceeded to mix it with GUINNESS. The taste was so delicious, Black Velvet became extremely popular.

Guinness St Patrick Pint 

Anna Brown’s Beef, Onion & Guinness Pie

For this recipe be sure to use shin beef as it is well suited to the long slow cooking process. Stewing steak tends to disintegrate, as opposed to shin beef which has gelatinous fibres running through it.

1.5Kg Shin Beef cut into 2″ cubes
2 medium onions peeled and sliced onions
1 tablespoon flour seasoned with salt and pepper
1 pt Guinness
1 pt beef stock
1 pack ready roll puff pastry

Place the cubed shin beef and the onion in a casserole dish and coat with the seasoned flour. Pour in the Guinness and the stock and bring to simmer gently on the hob. Cover with a tightly fitting lid and place in an oven preheated to 140 Celsius for at least 2 to 3 hours until beef is tender.

Cook pastry as per the pack instructions, cut into individual portions about 5″ by 5″ square. Serve with creamy mashed potatoes and spring greens.

Guinness Shamrock

Guinness Shamrock 


Guinness ShamrockHow to drink the perfect pint of GUINNESS

This St. Patrick’s Day, when you are raising a pint of GUINNESS with friends to say cheers to the Irish, be sure to follow Master Brewer, Fergal Murray’s guide to the perfect way to enjoy a pint of the ‘black stuff’:

*Hold the glass with the Guinness harp facing you and your thumb over the harp
*Never look down. Look at the horizon and bring the glass to your mouth, not your mouth to the glass
*Take a sip, breaking the seal of the head of your pint
*Enjoy the Guinness cream moustache left on the top of your lip
*Each time you take a drink from the pint, hold the glass in the same position and repeat above, letting the liquid flow underneath the head of the pint
*Expect to experience the malty sweetness at the front of your mouth, the roasted flavour at the side and the distinctive Guinness bitterness at the back 

with John Connors 

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