Monday, March 17, 2014

St Patrick's Day Corned Beef Dinner

Happy St Patrick's Day to all who is celebrating.  We celebrated with our friends who is of irish decent with a corned beef, potatoes and cabbage dinner.  How else?  this is how this chinese lady celebrate any festival or events, no fuss no muss, just eat.  This chinese lady nearly did not get dinner ready in time,  i had misread the cooking instructions on the bag of corned beef,  i saw 1 hour and did not read the rest, so, i thought i just cook the slab of corned beef one and a half hour before dinner.  But, before i started cooking, i re-read and oh my, it is 1 hour for every pound of corned beef and i have 3 pounds!!!!.  So, think fast,  ok, out came the pressure cooker, my saviour,  put in 1/2 inch of water, put a saucer to raise the corned beef and pressurized the meat for 20 minutes.  The corned beef is fork tender now,  into the oven it went sitting on a bed of potatoes.  There is a chinese or rather cantonese saying, - chor yau chor cheok meaning a wrong turned for the better - I saved a couple of hours of electricity.

To go with the corned beef dinner, i made Irish Soda Bread which was good with a  large dab of butter and i will post this recipe asap.  


3 - 3 1/2 pounds corned beef of which a bag of spices comes with the meat
2 pounds red potatoes - cut into quarters
1 large head of green cabbage - cut into 8 pieces


2 tsp dry mustard with 2 tbsp honey


Put 1/2 inch water and a ceramic saucer in the pressure cooker.  Put the corned beef on top of saucer, pressurized for 20 minutes.  When pressure has been released, open pressure cooker and check if corned beef is fork tender.  if so, remove and place the piece of corned beef over the bed of quartered red potatoes, together with all the liquid that is in the pressure cooker.  Rub the spices of mustard seeds etc all over the corned beef and place the cabbage wedges around corned beef.  Put to bake in preheated oven 300 f for 1/2 hour.  Remove from oven and brush the glaze all over the corned beef and return to oven for another 1/2 hour until glaze is caramelized.  Remove from oven and leave for at least 15 minutes before slicing corned beef.

HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY - dinner is ready.

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