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Weekend Getaway and Bacchanalian Feast With Friends in Ireland

Imagine a progressive bacchanalian feast of traditional cuisine and festive merriment. The setting was Dublin, Ireland and the weekend was coming to a close. It was our last night on our impromptu weekend getaway.

On that night the four of us in my group of weekend explorers could not choose on where we wanted to eat dinner. That was when we hatched our thought, a tasty and perhaps slightly hedonistic solution.

“Let’s restaurant hop!” one of us suggested.

In a cooperative spirit of keen anticipation, we selected a different restaurant for each course of our dinner. Our inspiration was a take-off from an entertaining thought that had been well loved back at home before we had shipped off for our semester in London, England. Glossy American gourmet-type books and magazines had been showcasing intriguing feature tales on how their readers could make progressive dinner parties.

Succinctly place, that last night in Dublin could best be described as ‘progressive dinner meets pub-hopping without the stout.’ We were drunk, but not on intoxicating and forbidden ale, but rather on the fantastic joy of traveling with friends and experiencing life’s serendipitous and unforgettable moments.

Among the foods that we sampled that evening was one of the rustic entrees that Ireland is well-known for.

“You must sample me Irish Stew!” the lad with the slurred Gaelic dialect told us. “Ai let me bring you out a sample. ‘Tis the best in all of Ireland.” The waiter promised before scuttling off to the kitchen.

Within minutes our Irish waiter returned to our linen covered table with a warm from the oven fragrant loaf of Irish soda bread, and shortly thereafter with four small steamy bowls of rich and earthy Irish lamb stew that we all later confirmed as simply divine.

An authentic Irish stew is made with large chunks of vegetables. But, in my version of the recipe, the chunks are prepared a tad bit smaller so that each person’s part of the stew can easily be ladled into individual round crusty loaves of homemade bread. These shepherd style loaves when hollowed out, brushed with flavor spiked garlic and herb melted butter and filled with mouthwatering lamb stew make a most delightful smile-popping presentation.

Add a crisp green salad, a basket of Irish soda bread, an impressive dessert, a carafe of Irish coffee, some fun Irish folk ballads and perhaps a small wrapped token of friendship at each place setting for a gracious Irish themed get together perfect for a St. Patrick’s Celebration with friends in the comfort of your own home. Before you know it, your dinner companions will be singing ballads of joy and appreciation for blessing them with a wonderful and memorable moment in time.

My recipe for Ancient Fashioned Irish Stew is posted at www.letsentertain.blogspot.com

(c) 2007 Kathi Dameron, Kathi Dameron and Associates

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Kathi Dameron is a food writer and a former caterer and event designer. She writes a regular food and entertaining column in her local Gannett-owned newspaper. She is shopping for a literary agent, newspaper syndicate and book publisher to help bring her publishing dreams to fruition.

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