Today was the culmination of all the 6th graders’ hard work. They had each picked a country and prepared an exhaustive report on everything about that country and presented it to their classmates. The conclusion is the International buffet, where each student picks a recipe representative of their chosen country, either an appetizer, entree or dessert, and prepares that recipe for a buffet to which all the teacher and parents are invited.  Tim’s country was Ireland, his report was informative and funny, his own unique style. Contrary to my pleading for an easier dish, such as Irish stew, he insisted on Guinness battered onion rings (recipe follows) which not only looked and tasted great, but of which he was very proud. Bravo, 6th graders! A delicious lunch and a great time was had by all.


Now, the recipe:

  • 2 large Vidalia onions, peeled and sliced into 1/4 slices and separated.
  • 1 12oz bottle of Guiness stout
  • 2 cups of brown rice flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of fine cornmeal
  • 2 T. paprika
  • 2 T. cayenne pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Canola oil for frying

Heat oil in frying pan. Mix together beer, paprika, salt, cayenne pepper, 1 c. flour and 1/2 c. cornmeal. In a separate plate mix together remaining flour and cornmeal. Dip onion slices into batter and then dredge in cornmeal/flour mixture. Put into frying pan and fry until golden brown about 4 minutes, turning once. Drain on paper towels and salt.