Saturday, 17 March 2012

If you're only Irish for the one fine day of the year, make it this one...


 Vegetarian Irish Stew  (yes, really)
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 medium leeks, sliced
 2 medium onions, diced
1 cup cup parsnips, sliced
1 cup carrots, sliced
1 cup potatoes, sliced into chunks
1 cup turnips, peeled and sliced into chunks
1 cup celery, diced
4 cups vegetable stock
2 cups Guinness
1 cup pearl barley
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
A few sprigs of fresh rosemary, fresh thyme and fresh marjoram (or 1/4 teaspoon of each dried)
Salt and pepper 

Way to go:
 In a large soup pot, saute leeks in olive oil until translucent. 
Add the remaining vegetables and cook for a few minutes.
Add broth, Guinness, barley and parsley.
 Tie together sprigs of herbs with cooking string and add (or add dried herbs). 
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. 
Simmer for an hour, or until vegetables are tender, adding water if necessary.
 Remove herb bundle.
 Season with salt and pepper, and serve with bread. 
Serves as many as your patience and your appetite will allow. Slainte!

"May your troubles be as few and as far apart as my Grandmother's teeth"


  1. Love it!!! Thanks for the recipe and belated Happy Patricks Day to you xx

    1. And to you, honey!
      Enjoy the stew... try not to make a mess now! :)