I was wandering through the streets of Stroudsburg, PA looking for some inspiration for my blog. It was around St. Patrick’s Day, with a bit of a chill in the air, so why not warm up in an Irish pub called Siamsa (pronounced SEEM SA). I walked in to this warm and welcoming atmosphere with strong dark wood built from the bar to the floor. I was escorted to my table by a vivacious, sweet waitress who was very knowledgable about the menu. I knew what I wanted within a minute of opening the menu. They slow cooked beef stew with half Guinness and half beef broth with rustically cut carrots, potatoes and onions.
You had to use your spoon to cut through the veggies, because they were so large…and it was perfect, because I got a bite of everything I wanted in once spoonful each time. It came with a side of Irish brown soda bread and Irish butter. Every bite you can taste the robust flavor of the Guinness with the reduced beef broth…and the beef fell apart in my mouth as soon as it touched my tongue. It was an amazingly, comforting experience and I plan to visit them again. It inspired me to create a simpler, faster version for the busy person who wants to put things together a little faster after a work day or a long day in general. I will call my recipe Irish Comfort Soup w/Irish Soda Bread dumplings.