Trying to get the monsters, The Boy and The Pudge, to choose or agree on anything, well , I might as well talk to the wall. In fact I often do. So, when I asked them about this challenge, I received a luke warm yes and no ideas. So I made the decisions (as I often do) for them. I decided to go with an Irish theme. Corned Beef and Cabbage with Irish Potato Candy for dessert. Then, the schedule changed at the last minute. The Boy is taking an SAT prep course and the school decided to have a sample test Saturday morning. So the Corned Beef and Cabbage part fell on me because it's a slow cooker recipe and I wanted it for a 6:00PM dinner. So I took care of it.
Here are some shots of the Corned Beef and Cabbage prep.
I had my vintage 1990 Rival Crock Pot so full that this was the only way I could seal it.
And while prepping the vegetables I did a job on my hand with a chef's knife.
And here's the finished dish. Pretty basic meat and potatoes. The monsters and The Boy's buddy, Sargent Cookie (long story) woofed down the better part of a 3 1/2 lb brisket. They ate the potatoes and carrots but didn't like the cabbage, as I expected.
Next was the kid's portion of the program. Because Sargent Cookie came over, I didn't see The Boy until dinner. So it was just me and the Pudge. This was pretty easy but a little messy. And no, that's not Freddy Krugger but it is one of The Pudge's favorite shirts.
We chilled the mix for about 30 minutes because it was too mushy to shape into balls. That did the trick.
As you might expect, these were coconutty-sickenly-sweet. The kids loved them, so I rate the dish a success but the kid participation a partial FAIL. The Pudge did say he liked doing it and was pretty diligent in rolling all of the balls (I actually formed the balls and he rolled and shaped them in the cinnamon. Happy DSS and St. Patty's Day to all.