Hello all! Hope you are doing well and had a happy Halloween Last time I left you, we were about to have another set of visitors come into town. They made it safely, and we showed them around town. While they took a few days to go over to Galway, I went out with a friend of mine for Halloween! And of course, I had to dress up, and I dressed up as Dorothy! I figured, I’m all the way here from Kansas, and I even have the dog, so why not?! My friend dressed up as a Mexican Sugar Skull, her make-up was AWESOME!
I know, I know, I didn’t braid my hair, but I was having such a good hair day!!!
Also, here in Ireland, they have a Halloween tradition that we don’t have here. On Halloween, they eat something called Barmbrack (now shortened to Brack) . It’s sort of like a fruit cake (see image below). The Halloween Brack traditionally contained various objects baked into the bread and was used as a sort of fortune telling game. In the Barnbrack were: a pea, a stick, a piece of cloth, a small coin (originally a silver sixpence) and a ring. Each item, when received in the slice, was supposed to carry a meaning to the person concerned: the pea, the person would not marry that year; the stick, would have an unhappy marriage or continually be in disputes; the cloth or rag, would have bad luck or be poor; the coin, would enjoy good fortune or be rich; and the ring, would be wed within the year. Other articles added to the brack include a medallion, usually of the Virgin Mary to symbolise going into the priesthood or to the Nuns, although this tradition is not widely continued in the present day.
I tried some, and I wasn’t a big fan… ha ha.
So while I was showing our friends around, we happened to step into a tore Fallon & Byrne. And you’ll never guess the awesome stuff I found!! ALL AMERICAN FOOD!
We’ve also been lighting our fire a lot lately, Keeley wasn’t a big fan of the fire…
As an early Thanksgiving to everyone, here is a new recipe I tried.
Baked Salmon and Lentils
Original Recipe from Gimme some Oven
- 1 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil, divided
- 2 salmon filets
- Half a red onion, diced
- 2 cups cooked lentils
- 1/2 tsp.ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. ground corriander
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 Lemon Quartered
Preheat the broiler. Prepare a baking sheet with aluminium foil, then mist with oil or cooking spray.
Place salmon fillets on the baking sheet, and brush each with about a teaspoon of oil. Season liberally with salt and black pepper.
Broil for 4-5 minutes, or until cooked thoroughly (cooking time will depend on the thickness of your salmon).
Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a medium skillet over medium high-heat. Add the diced red onion and sauté for 2 minutes until partially cooked. add the lentils, cumin, coriander, black pepper, and salt, and stir to combine.
Cook for an addition 2 minutes or until the lentils are heated through. Remove from heat and stir in fresh cilantro.
Hope you all enjoy.
And hope to see a few of you soon! 🙂