Monday, March 16, 2009

DELICIOUS IRISH VEGETABLE CHICKEN STEW


I am back after a short break .I know my friends you missed me ,I am really busy fixing a family issue. But I am back again to celebrate another lovely spring festival.Yes today we will be going to Ireland to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day (Irish Lá ’le Pádraig or Lá Fhéile Pádraig),coloquially St.Paddy’s day or Paddy’s Day. I was not aware of this lovely festival before last year, when a friend from
New Zealand told me about Paddy’s Day which- I want to share with all my other friends from different parts of the world. This is an annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick(Ad385-461), one of the patron saint of Ireland, and is generally celebrated on March 17th. Celebrations are generally themed around all things Irish and, by association, the color green. Both Christians and non-Christians celebrate the secular version of the holiday by wearing green(meaning to wear a shamrock on one's clothing.)eating Irish food and/or green foods, imbibing Irish drink (such as Irish stout, Irish Whiskey or Irish Cream) and attending parades. So Happy Paddy’s day to all.

I will share with you a very delicious Irish vegetable chicken stew which my friend asked me to prepare in Paddy”s day.

INGREDIENTS:

Cooked cubed chicken breast 4cups
Fresh mushroom sliced ½ cup
Chopped onions ½ cup
Chopped garlic 1tsp
Carrots cubed 1cup
Turnips 1cup
Potato cubed 2 cup
Celery ½ cup
Soya sauce 1tsp
Worcestershire Sauce 2tsp
Parsley chopped 3 tbsp
Dried thyme ¼ tsp
Rosemary ¼ tsp
Chicken stock 6 cups
Sugar 1tsp
Salt and pepper according
to taste
Butter 2tsp (optional)
Flour 2tsp


PROCEDURE:
Combine chicken, mushrooms, onion,garlic,turnips, carrots and stock in a large saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until carrots are tender, about 10 minutes.
Add the remaining ingredients except the flour and butter. Mix well and bring to boil. Cover and simmer for few minutes. Melt the butter on a medium heat in a pan, then whisk (or vigorously fork in) the flour. Cook for 2 minutes whisking all the time to prevent it sticking to the bottom of the pan. Quickly blend the mix in the gravy with your whisk or fork. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Cook for another few miutes. As the gravy thicken put off the flame. Garnish with parsley. Serve hot with some Irish soda bread.
Instead of red wine or some green beer you can take some green apple drink which will go well with Irish Stew and will be healthy too, but those with good health just for this Paddy’s Day a glass of Guinness is probably the best accompaniment of all!
It's time to paint yourself green and hunt for the pot of gold .As who can tell you might get lucky this time around 'cause St. Patrick's Day has come with a promise to fulfill all your wishes if you have the faith. A heart felt wish of mine for you my friend.

BE HAPPY AND STAY HEALTHY.




3 comments:

lisa said...

Your chicken stew sounds delicious! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Helen Grigor'eva said...

I surely will try this recipe! I seem this chicken stew must be awesome.

alwayswinner786 said...

Thanks Lisa and thanks Helen for your visit and appreciation.
With lots of love your always.