This recipe incorporates three of my all time favorite foods: chickpeas, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes. It is a little spicy, very savory, and the bold flavors in this dish work well all year round. It is warm and comforting in the winter, yet spicy and fresh for the summer. This stew features allspice, which compliments the heat from the chili powder well. A little cinnamon brings out the sweet potatoes, and the tomatoes provide a bit of acidic flavor. This is a perfect recipe to serve to guests, because it seems exotic, and they will probably not miss not having meat in their dish. Not to mention kids love it so it works well for the whole family (though I would go easy on the chili powder if cooking for kids).
What do vegetarianism and being Irish have to do with each other? Not much really, but I am Irish, and a vegetarian, so I wanted to create a veggie version of a traditional Irish dish this St. Patrick’s day. This lentil shepherd’s pie is one of my favorite dishes, and it is always well received by all, including meat eaters.
Ireland’s rainy weather, creates gorgeous emerald green hills, which support the grass fed dairy industry of Ireland. Ireland has a long history of farmers, who lived off the land and the animals of the land. Traditional Irish cuisine is heavy on dairy, and root vegetables such as carrots, turnips, and potatoes with rich earthy flavors like cloves, caraway seeds, and classic herbs like rosemary, parsley, sage, and bay leaves.
Thanks to these lovely grass fed ladies I met somewhere in Ireland, I used Kerrygold Irish butter, which is now imported to the U.S. The taste difference between this butter and typical American butter is quite different, and it really makes this recipe taste authentic.
Who doesn’t like a good ol’ mug of soup on a snowy day? This soup will give you the energy you need to go and shovel some snow, or better yet, offer to make it while everyone else shovels!