William asked for an Irish Stew, a vegetarian Irish Stew. I've never had either variety, but I read a few recipes and gathered a few ingredients, and created a simple, yet rich, soup of leeks, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, and butter. And Max made an Irish Soda Bread! I found the recipe for him in Alice Water's Art of Simple Food. (At long last, we've cooked another recipe for the cooking group! Oh, gosh... the last three posts referring to the cooking group are my excuses for not keeping up with the cooking group. No shame.) Anyway, I left the baking to Max and he handled it beautifully! This was my first taste of an Irish Soda Bread and I thought it was delicious... a great complement to hot soup. And he made it look so gorgeous, too, like a four leaf clover! And just like my mother, I cooked corned beef, with huge wedges of steamed cabbage. The cabbage is my favorite part! For a bit o'gold we drank sparkling Chardonnay grape juice from pretty glasses.
Dinner was delicious, and after we ate we were out in the garden, planting, playing tag, herding chickens, and enjoying a cool breezy evening. While we cleared dishes, William made dessert... are blondie bars Irish? Probably not. But those were delicious with strawberries. Everyone's homework was completed early, so we finished our wee holiday by watching The Secret of Kells. Nothing missing, but Geoff. Geoff we are missing, a lot. But, with a little luck, we'll be seeing him more regularly, soon. That's the end of the rainbow treasure I'm watching for!