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Dublin Coddle

What a perfect time to cook for Ireland? I’m sure it was predictable enough. Seeing as we are back in the States, I thought it would a perfect time to share something other than Corned Beef for St. Patrick’s Day. Corned Beef is more of an American Irish thing, not a traditional Irish meal.

For the last two years, I have made something called Coddle and it is popular in Ireland. It is basically a stew that is made of sausage and bacon. Dublin Coddle: 2-4 slices bacon, chopped
6 good quality sausages (We used homemade sausages!)
1 onion, chopped; 1 leek, chopped and cleaned; 1 bay leaf; 1/4 tsp dried thyme; 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 8ths;  3 carrots, peeled and rough chop; 1 cup good quality beer;  1 cup chicken stock 

1. In a large pot, render the fat from the bacon. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon when it is starting to get crisp.
2. Saute the sausages. You are going for color not cooked. They are going to cook further later. Remove and set aside with the bacon.
3. Saute onion and leeks until soft over medium low heat. Add bay leaf and thyme and cook for 1 minute.
4. Add the sausage, bacon, potatoes, carrots, beer, and stock.
5. Bring to a simmer and cover for 30-45 minutes until the veggies are soft.

We served this with soda bread and a beer to drink! This is a great alternative to corned beef and cabbage. It is easier on the wallet and the time. 

 Knitting News

 I thought I would also share my sad news. I have knitted an entire slipper and have to take it apart AGAIN! I am determined to finish these slippers but I think I have to move on for the moment. It is making my head hurt. But, they are going to be oh, so, cute when they are done! For now, it is on to the boys’ birthday gifts.

Knit, Purl…

I have been a knitting machine. I created all of our Christmas gifts, David’s Birthday gift, and some socks for myself. I wanted to share with you my finish products of some of my creations.

The first was David’s Christmas/Birthday sweater. I think I have mentioned before that he has asked many times for a sweater. I have only knitted one sweater before and it was for myself and I did not like the outcome. So, this was a total leap of faith. Well, the finished product is amazing for a first successful sweater.

I used this pattern at Fibre and Spice. I made a few adjustments to it, but the most drastic was using the knit side instead of the purl side. I didn’t like the way the purl looked so I made the appropriate adjustments. I also used four skeins of Regia Highland Tweed in Olive.IMG_0055Next, I worked on some socks for myself. I am falling in love with hand knitted socks! Don’t get me wrong, I cannot wait for sandal and flat weather again but knitted socks have so much character.

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These were knitted with Araucania Huasco and I created this pattern myself but I am sure you can find a similar pattern on Ravelry or Pinterest.

image3So, now, I am on to some reversible slippers. This pattern has to be the most complicated pattern I have ever dealt with. It is double pointed needles and color work which translates to concentration. I have already knitted in entire slipper and unraveled the whole thing! You are not a true knitter unless you have done this. There is something gratifying yet tragic about unraveling an entire piece. Haha.