St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is a special day in our house. We aren’t Irish as far as we know, in fact, I just found out that my grandmother was of Scottish descent, but we have fond memories surrounding this silly holiday. On one of our first dates, my husband and I drank chocolate milkshakes together in a parking lot that exuberant St. Patty’s Day revellers had showered with green beer. We had shared our first kiss not an hour earlier. On another St. Patrick’s Day I met one of my very best friends. I guess you could say the luck of the Irish has been with me.
I’ve heard that corned beef and cabbage is not traditionally eaten by the Irish, and on the flip-side, I’ve heard that it is very common. I don’t really care either way. Since having children we always have it on St. Patrick’s Day while watching Disney’s Darby O’ Gill and the Little People, one of my childhood favorites. It is also the one time of year that I buy Baileys. My husband and I put it in our coffee night after night until it runs out, then we wait all year to buy another bottle.
We are having corned beef on Thursday with cabbage and potatoes, but this week I am also making Irish Barm Brack, Chicken and Leek Pasties (which I’ve read are pronounced “past-ees” not “paste-ees”. Don’t want to shock your mother and tell her you’re working on your paste-ees tonight to impress your man.), and a Beef Cobbler. Now I have been a huge fan of fruit cobblers since I was a kid when my family and I picked buckets of enormous, wild blackberries on a piece of property we were clearing to build a house on, so I can’t wait to see how a beef cobbler will turn out.
Bear with me as I sail across the pond into uncharted waters and play with the fabulous ingredients I brought home from the grocery store the other night. And if my dishes don’t turn out well, you will know why they weren’t posted and that I will be experimenting in my test kitchen with ingredients for other recipes while chanting the words of my favorite Irishwoman, Scarlett O’ Hara, “Tomorrow is another day…”