I have been saving this post in order to honor both St. Patrick’s Day and my own handsome Irishman:
The fiance and me at a brewpub in Manchester, NH
The story is as follows: H (the Irishman) came up with a brilliant idea a few months ago, which entails one of us coming up with a surprise Friday night dinner for the other, and then turning our apartment into a restaurant in the theme of whatever type of cuisine has been selected. So far we have had Italian, Japanese, Cajun, Middle Eastern, and finally, Irish.
Irish night was my surprise for H, and I did it about a month ago. The menu was as follows: fish and chips with curry sauce, Irish soda bread, and of course, Guinness and Jameson.
Irish Soda Bread (recipe below)
My “fish,” which was made of tofu sticks that I had frozen and thawed (recipe below)
Oven chips (recipe below) with curry sauce (purchased from a local pub that we love)
All in all, it was a very successful restaurant night! And what better day than today to recap it? 🙂
RECIPES AND REVIEWS
A. Irish Soda Bread (from VegNews magazine)
Makes one loaf
What You Need:
1-1/4 cups soymilk
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon canola oil
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins
What You Do:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine soymilk, vinegar, and oil and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until blended. Stir in raisins. Add soymilk mixture and mix well to make a stiff dough.
3. Shape dough into a round loaf and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Pat the top down slightly, then use a sharp knife to cut an x-shaped slash on top. Bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes, or when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Review: This was delicious, especially with a little vegan butter spread on it. Even dogs like it, as I found out the next day when I brought the leftovers to share with friends we were visiting, and accidentally left it on a dining room chair. They never got to try it, but their boxer-mix gave it two paws up!
B. Oven-Fried Fish and Chips (from Fitness magazine)…veganized below:
Review:The tofu “fish” was a totally blind experiment, but it actually came out pretty good! I used the above recipe, subbing tofu for the fish, obviously, and a little arrowroot mixed with water instead of the egg to bind the crust to the tofu. I also added a little extra seasoning.
For anyone interested, either because you eat fish or you love someone who does, the original recipe got rave reviews from H, who enjoyed his with cod.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!