Oh, I may as well rename the blog “I Can Has Testing BBC Good Food Recipes” as the next few posts will most probably feature a link to the On-Line Recipe Bible.

Niall’s Mum made us some Irish Stew over the Christmas holidays, and it was so delicious, that we’ve both been craving another bowl of it since.

Being snowed in over the weekend gave me an excuse to see if I could come close to replicating the yumminess in a bowl.  I decided on this recipe on BBC Good Food.  I headed to FX Buckley on Moore Street and picked up some lamb neck fillets for only a few euro, and nearly got all the way home without falling on my backside.  Nearly.  Still, it wasn’t quite as bad a fall as this guy’s.

I used this BBC Good Food Irish Stew recipe.  Do it, and do it good.

I Can Has Cook’s Notes:

  • I cut this recipe by a third, more or less, which made four portions.  So instead of using 900g of meat, I used 600g,  and so on and so forth.  The maths was quite difficult for me, but I made it through.
  • We had it for dinner on Friday night, and it warmed our bones, begorrah.  But, be warned, it was even tastier reheated the next day for lunch.
  • I had never used Pearl Barley before and it was a revelation.  They’re like thick, savoury rice crispies and they  added another comfort level to the stew.  I found them in Tesco’s so they appear to be readily available.

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  1. I have some African import Guinness in the house and am intending to make the mother and father of all stews this week….maybe I’ll pie it up…..hmmm pie

  2. Tis the season to be stewy! Beef & Guinness for me tonight. And tomorrow night. And maybe the night after. Am totally going to have a go at this one next, though, haven’t made lamb stew before!

    • It sure is – I’ll be squeezing in another stew before the week is up, no doubt!

      In FX Buckley, they have lamb meat there especially for stew, and although there was a lot of it on the bone, wihch can be off-putting, it was still tender and delicious. And great value, too.

  3. oh yup agree – lamb is amazing as is pearl barley – it’s great in soups and stews – I used it to make a big batch of veggie soup last week – perfect for these cold days -damn it though today is just cold and wet!

  4. tell you in twenty minutes if it;s a win or not….made a stew…it;s been on for ages and I’m gonna try a wee bowl before bed….whoop whoop!

  5. hello! your stew looks yummmmmmmmmah!
    thought i’d pass you this sweet blog in case you haven’t seen it – all about the baking baby!
    anyhoo! I shall visit you soon i promise….and hopefully there’ll be some stew leftovers!!!

    • What a useful website, thanks Joc! The bagels on it look totally amazoballs. And definitely pop over in hope of stew leftovers.

    I’ve never liked stew… Pearl barley sounds intriguing though… Maybe I could be brought over to the dark sloppy side.
    I’ll have to give you my dads Boeuf Bourguignon recipe, it’s the only stew-like thing I can handle, and one of only 5 things my Dad cooks. (the other 4 are: soft boiled egg with Marmite soldiers, a sort of creamy tuna risotto thing, a Maltese pasta pie called Timpana and a Maltese cheesy courgette bake called Qargha Baghli Pie) He’s an enigma my Daddy is.

    • I can’t believe you don’t like stew! It’s so delicious, especially this time of year. I’m going to post another stew recipe, a Jamie one, which was so yum, you must try it and find your inner-stew-love!