So in light of my string of pub style cooking as of late, and being the month of March with St. Patrick's coming up, I decided a dish of Irish Lamb Stew and Soda Bread was appropriate.
Now the Lamb Stew I used a pretty standard recipe you can find about anywhere (being 1 can of Guinness, beef stock, lamb chunks and root vegetables, and herbs). I also added some of my own additions, tomatoes, mushrooms, and a small bit of sharp cheddar cheese.
The soda bread however has a wide range of different recipes available, caraway seeds, raisins, oats, straight buttermilk, butter and buttermilk, etc etc. Usually I make mine with caraway seeds, this time however I used oats and just buttermilk.
I used to use both butter and buttermilk in my Soda Bread, until making it once I used a recipe requiring 1 stick of butter. Being unfamiliar with stick of butter being an American measurement, I thought it meant to use a full pound of butter. Needless to say my Soda Bread was more like Cake by the end, and whilst tasty, not exactly healthy. I now use just buttermilk as it seems more traditional.
The stew turned out quite nice, with a light bitter after taste. The bread however was a tad over bitter, although I question the integrity of my whole wheat flour.
And finally a word to the wise; If ever your mother asks you what you will be preparing for St. Patrick's Day, replying "Liver Failure" isn't the correct answer.