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Have your Guinness and eat it too

photo-16Guinness is not just for drinking. With St. Patrick’s Day approaching rapidly, why not experiment with both savory and sweet dishes that use Guinness as an ingredient?

If you look for recipes online, you could actually plan a three course St. Patty’s Day party feast. Here are a few ideas if you are having guests over to celebrate:

1) Aged Cheddar & Guinness Fondue: Fondue is a great appetizer to share at parties. Once you’ve made your cheese fondue, set it up on a table along with a selection of bread and veggies for dipping and let your guests serve themselves! This particular recipe calls for a few ingredients sold by The British Connection: Aged cheddar (we carry Kerrygold Irish cheddar, which has a great bite to it), Guinness, and Worcestershire sauce. And don’t worry if you don’t own a fondue pot, you can also use a medium sized saucepan.

2) Beef stew with Guinness: A stew makes for an easy party meal if you’re having friends and family over to celebrate St. Patty’s because you can prepare the stew before your guests arrive. Get all the dirty work out of the way before your party starts then let the stew simmer while you join in on the fun. Simply serve up when it’s ready!

3) Guinness brownies: No dinner party would be complete without dessert, so for St. Patty’s Day try combining Guinness and chocolate. Guinness brownies give an ordinary dessert a St. Patrick’s Day edge, but they will also be quite rich. You may want to cut them into mini brownies and let your guests snack on as little/as much as they can handle. Once again, perfect party food!

4) Irish Manhattans and Guinness Cream Soda: If you really want to go all out and include Irish themed drinks on your party menu, Irish Manhattans and Guinness Cream Soda make a fun alternative to drinking straight Guinness. These drinks will certainly have a kick to them!

Gig Harbor’s The British Connection also sells St. Patrick’s Day themed necklaces, bracelets, and hats, along with Irish soda bread mix, scone mix, tea towels, flags, bags, chocolate, and more! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Recipe of the day: Ploughman’s Lunch

The Puget Sound region has been experiencing some much-needed sunshine as of late. As usual, though, the sun doesn’t promise to stick around for long, so sitting outside a pub with friends, food, and a couple pints would be the perfect way to take advantage of our numbered days of good weather. You’d almost think you were back in the UK, relishing a break from the rain.

However, we’re not in Britain, but that doesn’t mean we can’t eat like we’re at a British pub. If you want to spend some time outside, either on your deck or in the park, why not prepare a traditional ploughman’s lunch to eat with friends or family?

Generally consisting of crusty bread, cheese, pickled onions, chutney, and occasionally fruit, the ploughman’s lunch is great for sharing. This meal was traditionally packed for ploughmen to take out into the field for their lunch and has been around for hundreds of years. While most people today enjoy this dish at their local pub rather than the field after a hard day’s labour, the ingredients have remained true to the original concept.

So pick up a thick loaf of bread and some apples from your local supermarket and The British Connection will take care of the rest (butter, cheese, pickled onions, and Branston pickle).

What you will need:

  • Crusty loaf of bread
  • Apples (sliced)
  • Butter (The British Connection carries Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter)
  • A selection of British cheese (Clawson’s blue stilton, Belton Farm’s red leicester, Kerrygold’s aged cheddar, and Cahill’s porter cheese)
  • Haywards traditional pickled onions
  • Branston pickle (chutney)

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Simply place everything on a large plate or chopping board with knives for cutting and spreading and let everyone pick and choose from the selection!