Irish Stew

You know I can be quite crazy over recipes from the various websites I visited or even magazines found in salons and clinics. I got this recipe from the magazine I read that belongs to the clinic a few years ago.

As a considerate reader, I do not wish to tear the page without permission. Even if I asked, it will be impossible for me to have that page so I copied down instead.

When it comes to cooking, I will always choose a delicious and less tedious dish.. This is the recipe I recommend if you are a person who saves time and prefers cleaning. You just have to stir fry and combine all ingredients in the slow cooker for 7-8 hours while you get busy with other things. Here’s the recipe.

Irish Stew
Ingredients (Serves 6)

1kg lamb, cubed (neck chops or boneless lamb leg)
2 tbsp olive oil
25g butter
2 large onions, quartered
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 carrots (cut into 5cm pieces)
2 stick of celery (cut into 5cm long)
350g new potatoes
225g mashed potatoes
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
500ml chicken stock

1. Season lamb cubes with salt and pepper. Leave for at least 30 minutes.
2. In a heavy casserole dish brown meat in olive oil then remove from pot.
3. Scrape all meat from the bottom with a wooden spoon, add butter and sauté onions and garlic until soft.
4. Add carrots, celery, browned lamb and chicken stock and bring to a boil.
5. Simmer for an hour before adding new potatoes.
6. Simmer for another 45 minutes until lamb is tender and potatoes cooked.
7. To thicken stew, add mashed potatoes and stir until well combine. Simmer for another 15minutes. Serves hot with crusty bread.

Brown the lamb, saute the onions and garlic and then combine all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Leave to cook for about 8hours while you get on with other things.

Eat with rice, bread and with a cup of tea will do.

I’m feeling hungry already..

If you have turbo cooking pot like I do, that’ll be even better! It is energy saving. You just have to boil the stew and transfer it to the thermal pot. It’ll continue to cook for 4-5 hours and it will still be piping hot!



My son, Gavyn’s birthday!

My son’s 15th birthday was on the 29th of september. I have never baked any birthday cake for my family. My son will be the first one to receive the cake baked by his mother for his special day.

So far I made durian cakes, baked cheese cakes and sponge cakes, but none of it seems to attract my son as he did not ask for second helping after eating the cakes. If it were cookies, he will definitely ask for more.

I know chocolate has always been his favourite among the other flavours. After searching for a suitable recipe and tweaking the recipe a little from my experience, I managed to bake this delicious cake.

I’ll be sharing the recipe with you. This is the recipe.

Chocolate Cake

230g unsalted butter
100g castor sugar
2 tsp vanilla essence
3 eggs
60g unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup hot water
230g cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt

1. Line the bottom and sides of 8″ cake pan. Preheat oven.
2. Place unsalted butter, castor sugar and vanilla essence in a mixing bowl and cream till light and fluffy.
3. Add in eggs a little at a time followed by the unsweetened cocoa powder and hot water. Make sure the cocoa powder is mixed with hot water before adding to the mixture.
4. Add in cake flour and baking powder respectively.
5. Bake at 170C for 35-45 minutes.

Chocolate Ganache
200g dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup thickened cream

1. Combine chocolate and cream in a heatproof, microwave-safe bowl.
2. Microwave, uncovered, on medium high (70%) for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every minute with a metal spoon, until its melted.
3. Stir until smooth. Set aside for 30 minutes or until thick enough to spread.

in the box, we are bringing it to my mom’s place.

Lighted chocolate cake, ready to sing birthday song for my son!

Gavyn and his cake.

Overall, we had a great birthday celebration and I was happy how everything worked out well.