Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Post 16; Molly's Stew (Irish) and Soda bread

  'Fred - George - NO, JUST CARRY THEM!' Mrs Weasley shrieked.
    Harry, Sirius and Mundungus looked round and, within a split second, they had dived away from the table. Fred and George had bewitched a large cauldron of stew, an iron flagon of Butterbeer and a heavy wooden breadboard, complete with knife, to hurtle through the air towards them. The stew skidded the length of the table and came to a halt just before the end, leaving a long black burn on the wooden surface; the flagon of Butterbeer fell with a crash, spilling its contents everywhere; the bread knife slipped off the board and landed, point down and quivering ominously, exactly where Sirius's right hand had been seconds before.


    'We were just trying to save a bit of time!' said Fred, hurrying forward to wrench the bread knife out of the table. 'Sorry, Sirius, mate - didn't mean to - '

    Harry and Sirius were both laughing; Mundungus, who had toppled backwards off his chair, was swearing as he got to his feet; Crookshanks had given an angry hiss and shot off under the dresser, from where his large yellow eyes glowed in the darkness.- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Chapter 5
Note the buttery spread? This was after I removed half to smear on another slice. My 9 year old was "upset" I hadn't left well enough alone.It looked like cake frosting.

 Okay so remember I made seitan for the first time? Well this was part of what else I was using it for, we have one more recipe in the next few days. Truth be told I won't be using Seitan in this again however it was good but my father and I were the only ones who didn't pick the seitan bits out as they ate. So MORE mushrooms in the future.

 Molly's Irish Stew

  • Seitan cut into 1 inch pieces or double the button mushrooms.
  • 3 teaspoons of salt (more to taste)
  • 2Tbsp olive oil reduce to just a small amount if using more mushrooms rather than seitan just to brown garlic
  • 8oz Button mushrooms whole or halved/quartered depending on size.
  • 2 portabella caps stem and all
  • 6 cups of water and 4 tsp Better Than Bouillon Vegetarian No Beef Base
  • 6 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/4 cup of extra stout (make sure it's vegan) Beer
  • 3/4 cup of hearty red wine(Make sure it's vegan)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 cups of potatoes cut into 1/2-1 inch pieces, I used red so cut them on the larger size.
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 1/2 cups 1/2-inch pieces of parsnip and carrot use all carrot if you wish peel if not organic 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp dry parsley


1 Heat the olive oil in a large thick-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. In batches add seitan and "brown" on all sides,  I'm not 100% sure this is necessary however it's what I used to do and certainly didn't hurt.

2 Add garlic to the pot with the seitan and sauté until fragrant. Add water, base, beer, wine, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves and mushrooms stir to combine reduce heat as low as possible and maintain a summer, cover and let go for one hour.

3 While simmering, melt the butter in a heavy bottomed pan on med/high heat. Add the onions, carrots and parsnips sauté until the onions and veggies are turning golden, set aside until your bases as simmered an hour.

4 Add everything to the stew pot add pepper, salt, parsley. Simmer uncovered until everything is tender about 40 minutes. Remove bay leaves

 On to the Soda bread!



  • 3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 Tbsp earth balance at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups milk 
  • 2Tbsp vinegar


1. Preheat oven to 450°F. In a small bowl mix together milk and vinegar, set aside.  In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda.
2. Use your fingers to work butter into flour mix until resembles course meal.

3. Make a well in the center and pour in "buttermilk" the flour mix. Using wooden spoon gently fold in until it's just mixed. If it's too dry add more buttermilk, and if too wet more flour but do NOT over work, or it will be tough this is best with a white flour, I used wheat this last time and it was far more dense and maybe not in a good way at least use half white.  Knead a few times and form into a round loaf.

4. Grease a cast iron pan/pot and take a knife cut a X into the top of the loaf about 1-1 1/2 inch deep, place loaf  into the prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 400 for another 30 minutes if the top is getting to brown is getting place a piece of foil over the top.

Cool on wire wrack and enjoy!!


  1. That stew sounds delicious with all the root veggies and mushrooms and seitan. And I love those moments in OotP, thanks for posting the excerpt! :)

    1. It's really very good! It's the same recipe we used prior to going veg just adjusted a bit.I'm glad you enjoyed it that's one of my favorite books/films in the series.

    2. It's my favourite too!
      Your soda bread also looks good - I should make that more often. Do you think those are loaves of soda bread on the table in the clip from the film as well? Looks like such an unusual shape...