Every year I try to incorporate days of celebration in to our family life. Although we do not celebrate based on religion, it’s still a good opportunity to explain to Arthur and DeeW why people celebrate a certain day or occasion and we learn about different cultures, countries and beliefs. We watched some short clips about Ireland online and borrowed some library books.
Husband and I visited Ireland back in about 2001. A relative was staying in Howth so we arranged to meet up, as Husband and I were living in Amsterdam at the time. Unfortunately we didn’t get much time there and we only had two full days in Dublin so we opted for day long bus tours which took us to Newgrange. Newgrange was built in about 3200BC so it’s older than Stonehenge and the pyramids. Amazing stuff and we really enjoyed the tour. My photos are all stored on backups somewhere but I found this old-camera-that-was-great-at-the-time picture of the view from our bed and breakfast in Howth. It’s the St. Mary’s Church and graveyard:
Naturally, green food was on the menu for today. I didn’t make anything sweet and the shamrock cookie cutter will stay in the drawer for another year. We’ve had our share of sweet things recently and really didn’t need more cake or biscuits.
Arthur’s breakfast was a banana-sweet potato-spinach smoothie. Which is simply called ‘banana smoothie’ in our house, for reasons that will be obvious if you were or have a child who hates vegetables:
My breakfast was the Cake Batter Smoothie from Eat Raw, Eat Well made with avocado, orange and lemon. Of course, after drinking it, I realised I forgot to add some leafy greens to really green it up. But it was still kinda green, though the lighting in the photos is really bad:
For lunch I made Colcannon Puffs from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen. I thought they were great, Arthur rated them 60% but the kale was too much for Husband and DeeW taste and texture wise so next time I’ll use peas instead. I used the baking option. I think these would be great samosa style with nice curry-esque spices:
I wanted to make something along the lines of an Irish stew. I used the Dilly Stew with Rosemary Dumplings recipe from Isa Does It as it seemed a perfect fit. To save time I chopped some of the veggies the day before and got a few things ready in advance. Then once everything was in the pot, I went off to get a can of white beans but ended up having a total Mother Hubbard moment. As in, no beans. Whoops. Still, it turned out okay and Husband is a bit iffy when it comes to beans in a stew. I used four cups of broth instead of the stated six cups. Six was way too much for my pot and would have overflowed with that plus the beans I thought I had. I think the four cups was a good decision in my case because my stew didn’t thicken enough, so I made a Nutellex-flour roux and whisked it in. Then it thickened up beautifully. I sorta made the dumplings a bit too big…
Next time I’ll reduce the amount of potatoes and add more carrot as it seemed I was scooping out lots of potato:
As always, I’m loving Isa Chandra M’s recipes and am looking forward to seeing her, Terry Hope Romero and Vegan Black Metal Chef at their live show in Melbourne soon. Are any of you guys going to see them here or Sydney?