It's St Patrick's day on 17th March and I'm celebrating this Irish festival, with some Irish dishes and products from Ireland.
Over a period of time the dialect spoken in the area took on a distinct Irish influence and became known as Galloway Irish. You can hear the accent on this BBC recording
There is no such thing as Galloway Irish Stew, I just made that up! This stew contains lamb, potoatoes and carrots, familiar ingredients for an Irish Stew, the difference is the cut of lamb. I used a lovely leg of lamb rather than the cheaper, middle neck or scrag-end.
Galloway Irish Stew
1.1kg leg of lamb
2 onions, cut into chunks
3 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
4 parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
3 sticks of celery, sliced
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 pint lamb stock
salt & pepper
As many peeled potatoes, cut in large chunks, as you can fit in the pot!
Heat the oil in a flameproof casserole, brown the meat, then remove to a plate. Turn the heat down and add the onions, carrots, parsnips and celery and saute for about 10 minutes.
Put the lamb back in on top of the vegetables and pile in the potato chunks round about it. Add the tomato puree to the vegetable stock and pour over the meat and vegetables, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Cover the pan and cook at 160C for 2 hours until the meat falls away from the bone.
More Irish goodies coming soon.