The Irish Potato famine of 1845 resulted in a mass exodus of Irish people from the Emerald Isle. A blight had swept across the land threatening to destroy the staple crop: potato*. (Clearly a diet of meat wasn’t worth staying for.) I couldn’t let St. Patrick’s Day go by without a Weal Food post so this week’s Meatless Monday is a vegetarian feast St. Patty’s style.
*Commercial potato crops in North America are notorious for being sprayed with pesticides (fear of another blight?). This is one vegetable absolutely worth buying organic.
- Vegan Irish Cream
- Irish Soda Bread
- Vegan Irish Stew
- Cabbage stuff
- Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes
Vegan Irish Cream
I cross-referenced several recipes for homemade Irish Cream-both vegan and regular-and came up with the following ingredients:
- Coconut milk based mimicreme (pictured here)
- Jameson Irish Whiskey-according to Barnivore it is vegan
- muscovado sugar
- Valrhona cocoa powder
- instant espresso powder
- coconut milk powder
- a splash of Tahitian vanilla extract
- a little water
- a pinch-me-I’m-not-Irish sea salt
Irish Soda Bread
This very simple bread typically contains just a few ingredients: flour, salt, sugar, baking soda and buttermilk. For added pizzazz, add some raisins (or craisins) or cheese and dill. For a festive flavour substitute some of the liquid with
Guinness extra stout* vegan Irish beer.
*Up until recently (i.e. March 2013) this product was listed as vegan-friendly on Barnivore. Due to controversy and confusion this label has been revoked “…until further notice.”
vegan worcestershire sauce
extra firm tofu
organic russet potato
Into every meal a little salad must fall. Why not try a cabbage salad in its popular incarnation of coleslaw. Shred some raw cabbage and carrot and mix with a sweet vinaigrette (oil/vinegar with a little maple syrup). To season add some salt and pepper; to bedazzle add some cinnamon and apple.
Guinness Chocolate cupcakes
A basic chocolate cake that uses sour cream/plain yogurt or the vegan facsimile along with
Guinness extra stout vegan Irish beer for the liquid. Either omit the eggs or replace them with a vegan egg substitute.
I’m still ‘reeling‘ from the news that any Guinness product may not be vegan-friendly after all. All I can do is eat my stew and look forward to a Meatless Easter season…