Friday, March 1, 2013

Ireland Study

This month we decided to study Irlend becuase my kids great grandmother comes from Ireland and I wanted them to learn a little about their heritage. She passed away before any of them could meet her and this is one way we can take a glimpse into her life and what it must have been like for her to marry an Black Foot Indian coming from a traditional Irish Catholic family. This also led into the religious debate within our family that still exists today, which I wont touch on here.

Ireland, also known as the Republic of Ireland, is a sovereign state in Europe occupying about five-sixths of the island of Ireland. It is a unitary parliamentary republic with an elected president serving as head of state.
The state shares its only land border with Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom. It is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the Celtic Sea to the south, Saint George's Channel to the south east, and the Irish Sea to the east.

Goverment: Parliment-Taoiseach
Population: 4.49 million (2011)
Calling Code: 353
GDP: $217.28 billion USD (2011)
Capital: Dublin
Official Languages: Irish · English
President: Michael D. Higgins

We love watching the History channel and the kids adored the story on the hisotry of St.Patty's Day and of course the kids had to go looking for their lucky 4 leaf clover. I showed them the one my grandmother gave to my mother, then to me and one day tI will give it to my daughter.
My son decided to give this a whirl and I must say it turned out pretty darn good. I think he would have liked it better if it had no onions, but I refused to let him keep anything out of it to make sure it stayed authentic. I loved it and sicne he deceided to triple up on the receipe, because it did not lok like much, we froze half for a later time. Yippy us!

Ingredients for Irish traditional potato soup

  • 2 tablespoons of Irish butter
  • 2 medium sized onions
  • 3 large potatoes, washed & peeled
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 3 pieces of celery, chopped
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper & salt
  • 1 ½ cup of grated cheese
Thinly slice the onions and potatoes and add to a pan with melted Irish butter.
Add the chicken bouillon, celery, dried parsley, garlic and season with salt & pepper.
Cover the pan allowing the vegetables to soften under a low heat, do not let them brown.
Add milk and mix until soup becomes thick then stir in cheese until fully melted.
Serve piping hot with a few slices of buttered bread and enjoy.
Irish potato soup is extremely cheap and easy to make which makes it a great dish to cook and serve to family and friends.

Where does your family heritage come from? i would love to hear about your family.

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