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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Irish Stew

Window Seat
 The plague rages on here and the nearest I wish to get to the frozen outdoors today is my cozy window seat in the sitting room.

Winter no longer seems manageable when one has a cold/flu.

But enough whining (Brits would say "whinging", a word we don't use in North America, do Australians use "whinging"?) let's get on with some Irish Stew, it's nearly St. Patrick's Day after all.

I love St. Patrick's Day because I'm part Irish and I love ALL holidays (why not?) and so of course I have a Pinterest board devoted to the day.

On this board you'll find a variety of Irish dishes such as colcannon and Irish Stew, and this particular Irish Stew recipe is my favourite.
 Of course it is a meatless Irish Stew but I swear you won't miss it, especially if you use my little add-on at the finish.
The combination of the stout beer, the vegetable stock and the tomato paste makes for a really delicious broth.
 I added leeks to ours as well, I had one lying around and they're so green and Irish-like.
 Here is my nourishing little add-on finish to the stew: saute a shallot and some small green lentils in olive oil, then cover with water and cook to tender.  You don't want them mushy, you want a nice chewy bite to them.
Plop a big spoonful of the cooked lentils on top of the stew before serving, it's a terrific dinner for a chilly night.
When you might be whining/whinging about feeling under the weather!

Do you use this word, "whinging"?

A germ-free virtual hug to you,
xoxDani

14 comments:

  1. My mother uses whinging, so I think I use it from time to time. I love a good comfort stew. Hope you are on the mend. We are off to the sunshine soon and I hope when I return, winter is over. Xx

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    1. Jen, today is Saturday and I am WORSE.
      Very bad virus this is. Enjoy that sunshine, that will be bliss! xxx

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  2. That stew looks yummy! I'd make a huge pot and have leftovers! I've seen whinging in print but am not sure how it's pronounced. 'win jing'?
    Get well soon!

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    1. Vava yes I think that is how it is pronounced! Such good word. Sounds so good when a British person says it too! xxx

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  3. I spy a rabbit on that window seat :) I’m with Vava...how is whinging pronounced? This stew looks amazing. I’ll have to try the recipe & let you know how mine turns out. Re: St. Patrick, I didn’t know he wasn’t Irish. I was getting my nails done last week and heard two other ladies discussing that he was Italian & why don’t we eat pasta on St. Patrick’s Day? I have no idea! And haven’t asked Google yet ; )

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    1. Alicia, I do love rabbits! I think Vava had it right: win-jing. I didn't know that about St. Patrick! How weird? Patrick does not sound like an Italian name either? I'll have to look that up too. Thanks Alicia! xxx

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  4. Oh we don't winge here...but we whine on occasion.
    I have Irish in my background too...and for me potatoes are my go to comfort food.
    I like to say that I have never met a potato that I don't like!
    Hope you stay warm and cozy on your window seat...

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    1. Hostess I'm the same, around here we refer to potatoes as The Holy Vegetable! ;) xxx

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  5. Still down with the cold/flu here but hubby took me out at lunchtime for pho - I had the vegetarian version with fried tofu. I don't usually go for anything fried but in this case it was good! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

    slf

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    1. slf that does sound yummy. I hope you are feeling better? Today is Saturday and I'm actually worse. This is a very bad virus. My hubs has had it for two weeks now! :( xxx

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  6. Ah, whinging. The perfect accessory to the word "stop" - I use it frequently. Hope you all get better soon - mine took a whole month to truly go away so REST and fluids accompanied with more fluids including chardonnay and merlot. Anna26x

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    1. Anna I think we are looking at a long virus here. Our neighbours who live in YOUR house, I saw them on Monday just before I got sick, they were out for a short walk for the first time after being bedridden for TEN DAYS. They felt like hell and they looked very poorly indeed.
      I will rest and concentrate on the fluids, thank you! xxx

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  7. In our Australian household, we use both whinging and whining, and I think most Aussies would know and understand both words. Does this mean we have more to whine about? Hope not... I think your cushion is just beautiful, and hope it helps to cheer you up. That flu is All Over the World!!

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    1. Patricia that confirms my idea that Australians have just retained more British terminology than we have! It really does seem to be a world wide flu. It's dreadful! Thank you xxx

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