Saturday, 28 February 2009

A comforting lamb and leek stew

If you feel moved to celebrate St David's Day* I've just posted a recipe from The Frugal Cook on my student site Beyond Baked Beans. On the basis that a) you're more likely to have the book than they are, b) they're more in need of a recipe than you are and c) if you haven't got it you can always click on the link!

It's a nice one, actually. I made it this time last year with some scrag end of lamb but the meat came from an organically-reared lamb so the flavour was great.

* Odd how we celebrate St David and St Patrick but don't get too excited about St George and St Andrew. Any idea why?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Shows that you are from the south of England! :-)

North of the border they make a lot of fuss about St Andrew ... not as much mebbe as they make about Rabbie Burns ....

And if you are in Stratford upon Avon, well there is an important birthday to celebrate on the 23rd April! The (English) Bard ....

Slice of life said...

Sorry to say that PC and other out side influences have made being English a swear word. Or to not offend others, we say British?

See it is all PC isnt it. as my family are from all over I always say British this leads to less questions. Then again should we all say that? When I go on holiday I use a British passport...

Maybe we should have a British day?

Although my favourite is always Burns night. My family always celebrate this.

Fiona Beckett said...

Take your point anonymous but pretty well everyone celebrates St Patrick's Day even if they're not Irish. And my grandfather was Scots (hence the name) so I do have Scottish ancestry!

As you say, Slice of life, maybe it's the fun factor. Burns Night and St P's Day just seem a whole lot more fun.

smilernpb said...

Political correctness or not, my hubby maintains that he is English, no matter what, and he will never be 'British'.

Fiona Beckett said...

Odd isn't it that English sounds softer, more appealing, less jingoistic than British yet the notion of Britishness should be more all-encompasssing. (God, I'm beginning to sound like Gordon Brown!)

Alex said...

I think St Patrick's Day gets the most celebration fro all nations because of the Irish's propensity to sup the black stuff. Hence hordes of people around the world rock up for any excuse to get drunk. Most actual Irish people I know don't don shamrock sashes and go about their business as normal.

IMO, St David's day, St George's and St Andrew's day just don't have the link to alcohol - therefore aren't as enticing as a day to celebrate!

(In the vein of PCness I think (hope) I can get away with such a comment as I have an Irish passport... lol)

Fiona Beckett said...

Hi Alex! Booze is important, yes, but I think it amounts to more than that. It's sexier, frankly, to be Irish than British, sorry though I am to admit it.

recipes2share said...

My son was born on St Andrews day and hence our celebration - don't really think this counts though! I would celebrate them all, any excuse for good food and a party!

Fiona Beckett said...

Absolutely!

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