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Happy Saint Patricks Day!

Saint Patrick’s Day commemorates Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognised patron saint of Ireland. Did you know that the blue was the original colour associated with Saint Patrick? Over the years the colour of green and the association with Saint Patricks Day has grown. In the 1978 Rebellion Irish Soldiers wore full green uniforms on the 17th March in the hope of catching the public’s attention. It is said that Saint Patrick used the shamrock (a three – leaved plant), to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. The Shamrock has been used ever since as a feature of the day.

In the early seventeenth century Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official feast day so what better way to celebrate Saint Patricks Day than an Irish themed recipe? 

Steak & Guinness Pie

Serves 4-6 People

Ingredients

• olive oil

• 3 medium onions, peeled and chopped

• 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped

• 30g butter, plus extra for greasing

• 2 carrots, peeled and chopped

• 2 sticks of celery, trimmed and chopped

• 4 big mushrooms, peeled and sliced

• 1kg Stewing beef, cut into 2cm cubes

• a few sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves picked and chopped or dried if you have that

• salt and black pepper

• 1 x 440ml can of Guinness

• 2 heaped tablespoons plain flour

• 200g freshly grated Cheddar cheese

• 500g ready-made all-butter puff pastry

• 1 large egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas 5. In a large ovenproof pan, heat some of olive oil on a low heat. Add the onions and fry gently for about 10 minutes – try not to colour them too much. Turn the heat up, add the garlic, butter, carrots and celery and scatter in the mushrooms. Mix everything together before stirring in the beef, rosemary, a pinch of salt and a level teaspoon of pepper.

Fry fast for 3 or 4 minutes, then pour in the Guinness, stir in the flour and add just enough water to cover. Bring to a simmer, cover the pan with a lid and place in the preheated oven for about 1½ hours. Remove the pan from the oven and give the stew a stir. Put it back into the oven and continue to cook it for another hour, or until the meat is very tender and the stew is rich, dark and thick.  Remove from the heat and stir in half the cheese, season and leave to cool slightly.

Cut about a third of the pastry off the block. Dust a clean work surface with flour and roll both pieces of pastry out evenly with a floured rolling pin to the thickness of a pound coin. Butter a deep pie dish, then line with the larger sheet, leaving the edges dangling over the side. Tip the stew into your lined dish and even it out before sprinkling over the remaining cheese. Brush the edges of the pastry with a little beaten egg.

Cut the other rolled sheet of pastry to fit the top of the pie dish and criss-cross it lightly with a sharp knife. Place it over the top of the pie and fold the overhanging pastry on to the pastry lid to make it look nice and rustic. Brush the top with beaten egg, then bake the pie directly on the bottom of the oven for 45 minutes, until the pastry is cooked, puffed and golden.

Let us know how your pie turns out! If you send any pictures to [email protected] we will award the best pie with a £20 Bingo Bonus!

Happy 50th Birthday to Mecca Bingo!

You may have noticed online and in club we are celebrating our 50th Birthday after all it’s not every day you turn 50!

We have some amazing offers including a £50,000+ progressive Bingo Jackpot across all of our standard 90 Ball Bingo Rooms plus we have 5 x £150 jackpot games every hour from 5pm to 10pm everyday across 2 of our 90 Ball Bingo Rooms and there are lots more great promotions.

We hope you have fun and if you have a Birthday coming up we’d love to hear what plans you have in store!

Happy Mother’s Day May Special

I hope that everyone had an incredible weekend and that all Moms out there enjoyed their special day.  It’s a day late, but I’ll say it anyway – Happy Mother’s Day!

We would like to continue with the celebration, based on the idea that Mother’s Day shouldn’t only be restricted to 24 hours.  That’s why our monthly promotion will be keeping Mom in mind all throughout the month of May with a chance to take home a designer jewellery set.

All you have to do to win this marvelous prize is to rack up your wins of the “Mother’s Day Diamond” pattern in the Quarters room.  Three successful players who have the most patterns won by May 31st will receive the grand prize of a jewellery set; complete with bracelet, necklace, and earrings.

Check out our Mother’s Day Special Monthly Promotion for more details on how you can win Mom (or yourself…we won’t tell) this wonderful prize!

Speaking of Mother’s Day, I’d love to know how your weekend went.  Did you do anything special for Mom, or were you the one that was pampered this weekend past.  Get in on the conversation over at our Facebook fan page!

Happy Mother’s Day

To celebrate Mother’s Day we’ve got a couple of great promotions for you!

Win an amazing £10,000 in bingo jackpots on Mother’s Day with our Bingo Linx game from 10.30pm and tickets are only 50p!

Plus when you deposit and play £5 on Lucky Ladies 88 we will give you £5 FREE to chance your luck the very next day!

So have a great day we hope you win!

Happy Belated April Fools’ Day

Hi all!  I hope everyone had a fun April Fools’ Day and a great Friday overall.  Just to be 100% clear, the post yesterday claiming we had a winner for our blog naming contest was purely a jest and all in good fun.

Truth is, there isn’t a contest for naming the blog, we have not decided on what it should be named, and the player “Loof_Lirpa” (April_Fool) does not exist nor received a prize of fertilizer (animal or other) and grass seed.

Hope I didn’t get anyone too badly this year.

Have a great weekend!!!

Happy St Patrick’s Day

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day we’ve got a great promotion for you, we’ll give you £5 FREE play when you deposit and spend £5 on Rainbow Riches, Rainbow Riches Win Big Shindig or Clover Rover.

We’re rolling out the green carpet so come and celebrate St Paddy’s Day with us!

Simply deposit £5 into your Mecca Bingo account, spend it in full on on Rainbow Riches, Rainbow Riches Win Big Shindig or Clover Rover and we will credit you £5 FREE in bonus funds the next day to keep on playing.

And if you’re out having a tipple or two then don’t worry you can also play on your moble so you don’t have to miss out just because you are out and about!

Any mobile stakes on Rainbow Riches are inlcuded.

May the luck of the Irish be with you!

Happy International Women’s Day

Today is the day where we celebrate all women, especially those who have made contributions to society with the ideals of a more equal life for all.

Let’s all take the time today to remember the women in our lives who make a difference, and to celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future.  As a society we still have a far way to go, and it’s our wish that every day can be International Women’s Day in hopes of an equal, bright, safe, and rewarding future for all women.

Let’s hear from you.  Who do you want to remember and honor on this day?  Let me know in the comments below, or share your thoughts on our Facebook fan page!

Aaron – Community Manager

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