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Thread #14669   Message #127592
Posted By: Big Mick
24-Oct-99 - 06:59 PM
Thread Name: Mudcat Cookbook fundraiser-post your recipe
Subject: RE: M'Cat Cookbk fundraiser-POST YOUR RECIPE
Allright, ya bowsies, if you are insistent on learning some of the auld Mick's recipe's, ........fine. But you are going to start with the basics. All of these have been gathered over time, from Gram, relatives, friends and bukes (dat would be books to you, Yank). First t'ings first. You must learn to make a civilized pot o' tea. With apologies to THE FAIR ONE because she likes hers a little lighter than I like mine, but you can adjust.

First, draw some fresh water and bring it to a boil in the kettle. If you are a man doing this and there is an Irish woman under full sail watching you, make sure that all griddles and rolling pins are hidden from view. This is to prevent her from getting your attention in a very rude way if she doesn't like the way you are proceeding. As the water comes to a boil, use a little of it to warm the pot. Then take 3 to 5 teaspoons of some very good tea and spoon it into the pot. Bring the kettle back to a boil. Pour it the water into the teapot, and give it a good stir. Cover the teapot with a cozy (if you don't know what this is, stay out of the kitchen) and let it brew for 5 minutes or so. Use the time to set the milk and sugar on the table, and there you have it. By the way, it is a golden time for good teas. Tearooms are springing up in every city and the selection is wonderful.

And if you are going to have tea, you certainly ought to have Guinness Cake with it.

4 eggs
1 lb. flour
1 lb. sugar
1 1/2 lb. of dried fruit
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 lb. of butter
1/4 lb. of cherries
1/4 lb. of mixed peel
1/4 lb. of almonds
a pinch of nutmeg
6 bottles of Guinness. You will only use 1 of these in the recipe, the other 5 are for drinking while you are cooking. Being the cook has a few perks, you know.
1 lemon

Rub the butter into the flour and mix it all well with the dry ingredients. Beat the eggs within an inch of their lives **grin**, and add them, the bottle of Guinness and the juice of the lemon. Yep, you should have juiced the lemon. Put the mixture in an 8 inch pan and cook it in a slow oven for about 3 hours. While waiting, drink the rest of the Guinness and any Jamesons that is available.

More recipes later.