During our last trip to Ireland, Sheila and I had lunch in many different restaurants, in both big cities and small villages throughout the country. We were surprised to see that there were two comfort foods common to every mid-day menu: Brown Bread and Irish Peasant Soup. While I’m traveling, if I find something I like to eat, I tend to stick with it, just to be on the safe side. Sheila says I should be more adventurous, but IMO, odd sauces can cover up a LOT of mystery meat.
Having said that, we discovered that each of the places had different recipes for the soup. Sheila came up with this combination of vegetables after striking up a friendship with a chatty cook who revealed that the soups are basically created using whatever is fresh from the garden that week.
Saute diced celery in olive oil until translucent (about 10 minutes), stirring occasionally.
Add 1/4 cup of chicken broth if needed to keep from sticking.
Add powdered garlic and onion powder. Stir.
Add sliced carrots, sliced parsnips, minced garlic and salt.
Add 1 cup more chicken broth, stir, cover and bring to low boil, cooking until parsnips fork tender (about 20 minutes).
After parsnips are fork tender, add the kale and the remaining chicken broth, cover and continue on simmer for another 30 minutes, stirring every ten minutes.
Remove soup from pot a little at a time and puree in blender or food processor until desired consistency, setting aside until entire contents are pureed.
Return puree to pot and lightly season with salt, etc. to taste.
Reheat before serving.
Note: If making ahead, this soup gets a little saltier in the refrigerator by the next day.
It’s easy to substitute other veggies if parsnips or kale are out of season or unavailable. Keep the seasoning, liquids, and measurements the same. The basic recipe is quite versatile. Promise: nobody will die if you switch out collard greens for the kale. 😉
St. Patrick’s Day will be here before you know it, so we are gathering our recipes and making decisions about what to cook for our own dinner and what to take to the weekend parties. Since the big day falls on a Saturday this year, we know for sure that both Friday and Saturday will be nabbed as great days and nights to celebrate.
Why did we choose Salmon Quiche for this year’s entry into the tasty dishes? On each of our trips to Ireland, we visited coastal cities. The seafood is abundant and we ate some of the best fish dishes in our lives while there. The pubs on the coast offered some kind of salmon dish – entrée or sandwich or croquette – at every place we stopped. We thought it would be great to figure out a recipe that could make use of leftover cooked salmon, or canned salmon, and be adapted to appetizers or eaten at a brunch. This quiche can be both.
More than ever, it seems as if readers and professional writers that follow the Notebook most enjoy learning about the nuts and bolts of crime as well as the crime fighters that take care of the bad guys. It was fun to see that two of our (always taste-tested) recipes made the list this year as well.
Here are the Top Ten Fan Favorites for 2017, listed in reverse order. Click on the links to re-read the articles (or enjoy them for the first time) and let us know in the comments whether your faves made the list. Happy sleuthing, one and all. 🙂
“Sheila’s Chick Pea Dip” https://bit.ly/2k1v4lf created originally for last year’s Super Bowl party, it has become our family favorite as well as for many of you.
“The Blue Flu” https://bit.ly/2nVeKC4my own bout with the flu caused me to write this one. The research behind this historically accurate piece was fascinating.
“An Garda, Irish National Police” https://bit.ly/2mhg6WL After the wildly successful series of articles about the Texas Rangers, it seemed that Kerrian followers wanted more information about law enforcement groups, even in other countries.
“Bodies on the Golf Course” https://bit.ly/2prGhKX I keep saying that golf courses are lousy places to hide bodies, but the bad guys aren’t listening. 😉
“Training for An Garda, Irish National Police” https://bit.ly/2mLqAzz Rigorous and getting more so as the competition for a limited number of spots increases.
“Kerrian’s Mac & Cheese” https://bit.ly/2kXv0Vg Yummy. We guarantee it. Made and enjoyed by numerous followers.
“Is he/she a serial killer?” https://bit.ly/2lhXE1P I kept alllll the lights on while doing the research for this one.
“Deadly poisons in the house.” https://bit.ly/2l6cHZH Inspired by an accidental combining of cleaning products.
“Krav Maga, self-defense for the real world.” https://bit.ly/2wFwOnT A real-world way for people of all shapes, sizes, and ages to defend themselves.