Are you getting ready to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day? Wearing green is a crucial part of your dress for the big day, going to the band parade is a highlight of the morning and it is also a great time to show off your sing-a-long skills in the local pubs and restaurants.
To start the celebrations we have come up with a tasty Irish recipe of homemade soup and brown soda bread. Soup served with a side of brown soda bread is as common as cows and Guinness in any town that you will stay in along the hiking trails in Ireland.
Easy homemade vegetable soup
- 2 medium Carrots
- 2 stick Celery
- 4 cloves Garlic
- 1 large Onion
- 1 large Potato
- 50 g Butter
- 150 g Butternut Squash
- 800 ml Chicken Stock Cube (you can use vegetable stock instead but I think the chicken stock gives the soup great flavour)
- Parsley and cream to finish
Prepare your cooking area and chop all of the vegetables (Carrots, celery, onion, potato, butternut squash)
Melt the butter in a large saucepan and then add in 3 cloves of garlic and the whole onion.
After three minutes add the rest of the vegetables and sauté on a low heat until the they begin to soften.
Add the last clove of garlic.
Next add two thirds of the chicken stock and bring the vegetables to the boil. Reduce the heat, put a lid of the pot and leave the mixture soften for 20 minutes.
Use a blender to mix the soup, making it smooth.
Add salt and pepper to season and the remainder of the stock if the soup is too thick for your taste (I enjoy mine lumpy and bumpy)
To finish off the soup add 1 heaped spoonful of Creme Fraiche and a small handful of chopped Parsley.
If you have made too much and you feel you can’t manage it all don’t worry, this soup will last for up to a week in the freezer.
Traditional brown soda bread
- 250g wholemeal flour
- 200g plain white flour
- 1 teaspoon of bread soda
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 egg
- 350ml buttermilk
1 tablespoon of porridge oats
Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6, 200°C
Mix the flour, bread soda and salt together in a large bowl.
Combine the egg with the buttermilk, carefully mix into the flour. It should have the same texture as soft dough.
Pour the ingredients into a buttered loaf tin. Sprinkle the porridge oats over the top.
Bake for 45-50 minutes. You will know when it is cooked by simply tapping the bottom of the loaf and it should sound hollow. Simply delicious!
Now that you have mastered this great Irish recipe of soup and soda bread you are ready to take in the atmosphere at the parade. Enjoy the fun and festivities all!