Enjoy this lovely and healthy gluten-free Irish Bacon Cabbage Millet Soup for this Saint Patrick’s day! It is just perfect to stay warm during the parade!
It’s Food ‘n Flix time again! In this monthly group a host picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe you want. This month’s pick is hosted by Joanne from What’s on the List and she challenged us to travel back in time and to Ireland with The Quiet Man!
The Quiet Man is a 1952 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Ford and stars John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Set in the 1920s, Sean Thornton, an Irish-born American, travels to Ireland to reclaim his family’s farm and his birthplace in Inisfree. He meets and falls in love with the fiery Mary Kate Danaher, the sister of the bullying, loud-mouthed landowner Squire “Red” Will Danaher. Danaher, who had wanted the farm himself, is angry that Sean outbid him, and retaliates by refusing consent for his sister to marry. Several town locals conspire to trick him into believing that the wealthy Widow Tillane wants to marry him, but only if Mary Kate is no longer living in his house. After learning the truth on Sean and Mary Kate’s wedding day, an enraged Will refuses to give his sister her dowry which is made up of a large sum of money and her family possessions passed down from her mother.
Great scenery in this movie and always fun to watch a classic. Alas the story – or things that happen in the movie – left me really cold. The old college feminist side of me surfaced many times. I know it is an old movie and things were different back then…but I can’t seem to get over certain scenes, like conjugal violence. Two lines that made my ears hurt were “You have no right to hit your man until he hits you first” and “Here is a good stick to beat the lovely lady”. But the great thing about this group is we see thing we would never watch otherwise and that is always added value to our culture.
There was very little food in the movie, the best I spotted was trout, salmon, Porter beer and more pints, Irish whiskey of course, carrot, potato and cabbage. All very Irish items. With some freshly made Pork Bone Broth I though a good soup was in order. I skipped the potatoes and prepared a Irish Bacon Cabbage Millet Soup.
I adapted the recipe for the Irish Bacon Cabbage Millet Soup from the Everyday Gluten-Free Cookbook: 281 Delicious Whole-Grain Recipes. And it was my first time cooking with millet. I really enjoyed it!
These recipes in this book are proof positive that good taste and gluten-free options are not mutually exclusive. This book showcases the breadth, depth and versatility of gluten-free grains. More people than ever before are seeking ways to cut back on gluten or completely eliminate it from their diet, whether because of celiac disease, an array of allergies or a variety of other health reasons. And one of the simplest and most delicious ways to make the transition to a gluten-free diet is not to eliminate all grains, but rather to embrace the wealth of ancient grains that are naturally gluten-free.
The bounty of these nutrient-dense ancient grains is astounding, from amaranth to quinoa, millet, teff and so much more. I have reviewed a couple of Gluten-free books before but I particularly like the not-overwhelming introductory sections of this book which teach you everything you need to know about the gluten-free grains and flours used in the recipes, as well as a diverse array of other natural ingredients.
Here is the basic recipe for the Irish Bacon Cabbage Millet Soup
Cook until crisp a few chopped bacon strips in a large pot. Drain on paper towels and set aside. Fry lots of onions and a few carrots in the bacon fat until softened. Add 3 chopped garlic cloves and cook till fragrant. Add a cup of millet and 8 cups of broth of your choice. I used my pork bone broth but a chicken or vegetable one are great. Bring to a boil and simmer on lower heat for 25 minutes. Stir in a chopped head of cabbage and add salt and pepper to taste. When the cabbage has wilted serve in a bowl and top with bacon, and pork meat if you have some on hand.
The Everyday Gluten-Free Cookbook: 281 Delicious Whole-Grain Recipes was sent to me by Robert Rose for review.
It looks really delicious! It’s always better with homemade bone soup!
It looks delicious! It was a great a pick from the film.
Yes, I winced my way through those parts too especially when he was dragging her through the countryside. I don’t know why I have not embraced millet more and certainly don’t know why I have never put it in a soup. 😉 This looks fabulous and is a great pick for the film.
This soup sounds delicious. I have never used millet either. I will have to give it a try.
Now you’ve got me wanting a bowl of that. Even the bacon looks good, and I’m a vegetarian.
Oh! This soup looks amazing! Bacon makes everything better! I also felt wary about how the women were treated in the movie…yikes!
Such a warm and comforting look dish. Bet it was delicious!
Love this soup! Could certainly do with a big bowl of this right now.
The soup looks hearty and comforting. I have been meaning to cook with millet and your post motivates me to do so 😉
Totally delicious! This is just the soup I need now that we are moving towards colder weather.
The soup looks so delicious and comforting!Love all the textures!
What a hearty, warming bowl of soup. This looks delicious, Evelyne!
I swear, bone broth makes everything insanely good. This dish looks so inviting, I want to dive into it. Like literally live into it.
I balked a bit at those scenes/lines, as well. I don’t know how well I would’ve fared (as far as staying “in my place”) back then. I did enjoy it overall, though. Take it for what it is, I guess. This soup, I would enjoy every single bit of, though – it sounds amazing. I can imagine taking eating it while overlooking my sheep and Irish garden. 😉 Very delicious inspiration this month.
Nice meaty soup Evelyne…sounds and looks delicious!
Hope you are having a great week 🙂
I think I might have watched The Quiet Man when I was a kid but I don’t remember it. Now you know that I’m going to have to go back and watch it. Love the looks at that bowl of comfort food! So much flavor!
what a lovely soup! I totally love it!
Happy St Patrick’s Day Eve-this is a great dish for it. We had corned beef with parsley sauce and colcannon yesterday 🙂
Woman’s place in the old days was inferior to that of man, unfortunately we see that even today in some cases. Your soup looks very tasty but most of all very filling!
G’day and Bonjour Evelyne and what a great recipe you created!
Thank you so much for participating in this month’s Food n Flix which I was happy to debut host! Look forward to reading more about your gut series too!
That picture looks so appetizing – you’re making me hungry!
Bill loves John Wayne and I saw The Quiet Man for the first time on our honeymoon! Your soup looks terrific!
Seems like Ireland isn’t very vegetarian-friendly. Haha.
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Indeed Carmen this particular recipe is not lol
Oh my goodness, you have just made me so darn hungry. I love cabbage in just about anything. Amazing soup.
Kay of Pure & Complex
The soup must be extremely fresh and appetizing with homemade bone soup. Have to add that GF cookbook to my wish list.