"What do you think, Jimmy, they'll be eatin' chips out of our knickers?"

For this weeks post I decided to include St. Paddy's Day as part of the criteria in searching for source material.  There are SO many good Irish movies out there I found myself having a difficult time deciding which one to reference.  After the dust settled I chose one not based on the food & drink featured - although there is a direct link to my pic with Guinness - but by the music featured instead.  The Commitments might not be too high on your top 5 best Irish movies list, but I can assure you the soundtrack is second to none!  I couldn't find an actual movie clip of the band performing the song below but there was a clean audio version I embedded.  The photo originated from a magazine shoot I did last year and the recipe is one I found online and adjusted to more suit my needs - always double the meat & potatoes!!  Hope you enjoy:

Traditional Irish Lamb Stew

4 pounds deboned lamb shoulder, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 ½ cup sliced onions
1 cup sliced leeks
1 cup sliced celery
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 teaspoons dried thyme
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 ½ quarts chicken stock
2 cups peeled carrots cut into 2 inch pieces
16 small red potatoes, peeled

Place the lamb pieces in a Dutch oven and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and drain. Cool by running the meat under cold water.
In the same Dutch oven, layer the meat, onions, leeks, celery, herbs, and salt and pepper. Cover with chicken stock. Simmer for 1 hour.

Add carrots and potatoes. Simmer the stew another 30 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Correct seasonings with salt and pepper if needed. Serve, sprinkled with more chopped parsley.

Serves 8.

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