I grew up with a St Patrick’s Day tradition of boiled corned beef with carrots, potatoes, and cabbage. I loved it. Especially the corned beef sandwich in my lunch the next day. I think there is something special about a unique meal for a yearly occasion, a family tradition of fun creating many memories. Along with the main meal my mom would make festive shamrock cookies with green icing. Taking inspiration from my childhood I have decided to pass on many of the same traditions to Cia.
Last year for Cia’s first St Patrick’s day my brother was in town and cooked us a meal of boiled corned beef with potatoes and carrots. It was a special weekend as it was the first time he met Cia Louise. We missed him this year!
I’ve always thought about cooking corned beef in Guinness so I decided this is the year for it. I kept it simple using my crock pot so I didn’t have to stay around the house all afternoon. I bought Whole Food’s corned beef which is brined and cured for some time. It comes with a layer of seasonings on top. I placed the cut of meat in my crock pot and topped it with a can of Guinness. That’s it! I let it cook all day, 12 hours. The end result was moist and flavorful. For the veggies I opted for non-traditional sides. I didn’t want to cook them with the corn beef and have the entire meal flavored of Guinness. I made mashed potatoes with sour cream and fresh chives, and orange juice glazed carrots and parsnips. Everything turned out delicious. I also bought a loaf of Irish soda bread, perfect to finish the meal off.
Or Cia Louise’s case a perfect start to her meal..