Last weekend we had some of Katy’s friends from work over to have a early St. Patrick’s Day party (I’m getting too old to do it on a work night I guess). So I made Irish soda bread and Irish stew, I also made two special beers for the occasion, one being a traditional dry Irish stout and the other being a English pale ale. This party also gave me the opportunity to try out my new cask ale jockey box that I recently made, so far I am delighted with the results, now lets just hope it holds up for the Cask Fest in a couple of weeks. St. Patrick’s day always makes me reflect back on our trip to Ireland, I keep thinking I need to get back one of these days.
Speaking of our trip to Ireland, one of the foods I remember eating the most of in Ireland was Italian of all things so today instead of making the not so traditional corned beef and cabbage I decided to make spaghetti sauce from scratch. Added a little Italian sausage and I must say it turned out quite tasty. Katy sent me a recipe for beer and molasses bread today so I thought I’d give that a whirl as well. I like molasses so I upped the molasses addition a bit and lowered the white sugar to get a little more of that molasses taste. Oh man is this a good bread and it is way easy to make, it sort of reminds me of Otis Cafe’s black molasses bread, not quite as good but close. The thing I like is that this isn’t a yeast bread so there is no need for prior planning, and it uses beer which is something I’m always trying to use up since there’s a lot around. I’ll be making this one again simplyrecipes.com is turning out to be one of my favorite recipe sites.
By the way sorry for the sparse posting it’s been hard to find motivation to blog lately, just isn’t much in the way of excitement right now.