This is Cathy's Method and I followed it pretty much expect no parsley and I added potatoes to the crock pot:
"I put lots of peeled carrots, 2 chopped onions and a handful of parsley sprigs on the bottom of the pot, laid the corned beef on top, sprinkled on the spice packet and added enough water to cover. I set the temperature on high for two hours, then turned it to low for an additional 7 hours. The crock pot works so well because the water never boils, it just gently simmers.
When the meat is ready to serve I trim the fat off the top and spread it with a mixture of 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, a dash of cloves and 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar. Place under the broiler until the sugar is melted and crusty. You will be amazed at how much flavor this adds to the corned beef. This was my mother’s trick and I couldn’t imagine serving corned beef any other way."
The broiling part it key so don't skip it! I had made some Irish Soda bread on Friday for the girls at work so I added that to the table too. I used the King Arthur's Flour recipe. Very good!
Irish Soda Bread
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2011/03/16/slainte-a-just-sweet-enough-american-irish-soda-bread/ - They give a great tutorial.
- 3 cups Perfect Pastry Blend OR King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- heaping 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup currants or raisins
- 1 tablespoon caraway seeds, optional (I omitted)
- 1 large egg
- 1 3/4 cups buttermilk*
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- *No buttermilk in the house? Substitute 1 cup milk + 3/4 cup (one 6-ounce container) plain or vanilla yogurt - (I ended up using sour cream and that worked great too.)
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 tablespoon coarse white sparkling sugar
Doesn't St. Patrick's Day just make you think spring is just around the corner. For some of you it has already arrived. We on the other hand had snow AGAIN this morning :-) It was gone by noon but still... I went to the Northwest Garden Show earlier this year and haven't shared the pics. This is probably a great time to do that now that I am really itching for spring to show up!
The theme this year was A Floral Symphony with all of the exhibits having some musical tie in. It was interesting to see what everyone came up with. I'm afraid I've forgotten some of the exhibit names, but I'll give you the gist :-) There is always a bright spring display in the lobby before you enter so not sure if it actually had a name but I loved this vertical display. There were musical instruments placed here and there. So maybe it was just meant to embody the main theme.
I loved the path on this display...I think it was a "heavy metal" rock and roll kind of them. You will have to excuse the lighting in these photos. They dim the lights and it almost feels like twilight it's so dark.
This was one of my favorite displays mostly because of this beautiful light strung gazebo
My absolute favorite was the April in Paris display. Pictures do not do justice to how cute it was.
Here's another angle
The theme of this display was Birdsong...loved this gate
And this pretty mosaic
There was a lot to take in and admire about this display
I liked the play on the verses like the use of black mondo grass in the blackbird vignette.
I love how many of the displays keep with the "woodsy" natural feel of the Pacific Northwest like this fanciful pond scene
This arbor caught my eye
And so did this flowering quince. I'd love to have one of these.
The colors in this display made my little vintage loving heart go pitter patter
There were some really nice outdoor seating areas
This was a great display "Redefining Adante"..notice the grand piano which at times had live music being played.
The pond had real koi too...such pretty colors. I've never seen the yellow kind before.
There was actually all kinds of live music being played throughout the exhibits. I caught these banjoers in action
And their resting instruments later in the day
The Persian garden drawing from Scheherazade had beautiful colors like this turquoise pool.
And a raised sleeping platform
With casual dining
There was a Symphony Orchidstra display!
Another nice outdoor living area
I believe these panels were in the same display..love them
The garden show is always good for showing ways to recycle things. Can you guess what this is meant to be?
Lets hope not the Roach Motel! :-)
I think this one might have been A Concert in the Park and at the moment I passed through there was a Johnny Depp look alike playing soulfully on the accordion.
That big pot you see in the background is made of plastic...not sure how they were illuminated. Here are a trio of them
Being a Johnny Depp fan...I had to snap another sneaky shot of him
I thought this was one of the more clever plays on a song title...Twisting the Night Away featuring these beautifully contorted trees.
In the same display was this pretty foot bridge and some red camellias which were a popular shrub at the show
The people's choice award went to this amazing display that had rigged things up so that water dripped down on these "drums". The sound it made was amazing...very deep and resonating.
After the displays I headed to the vendors ...just window shopping mostly. But they have such cute things that I reallly neeeed......lol. Like this giant rooster...
She's pretty cute too
Or I could always use another sun
Or maybe this one
Doesn't every one need a frog hammock chair?
Or some glass bamboo or cactus?
But this is on top of my wish list...I really really need this little pair
There is another little area that has container displays that I look forward to each year
Love this one with all of the terrariums
I really want to recreate this
This cute little vignette made me smile. Notice the tiered tray planted with succulents. Very Kitchen Bouquetish!
Loved this fencing that surrounded it
I saw more than one of the neat pallet gardens at the show
Found a cute little Fairy Garden
Amazing impact in small space
This sign pretty much sums up my feelings about gardening...hope you enjoyed the garden show tour.