Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A St. Patrick's Day Feast

I am the only person in my house who likes corned beef. And soda bread. And cabbage, for that matter. If you even say "cabbage" in my house, fur starts flying. My daughters are still convinced I tried to trick them into eating cabbage a few years ago because I shredded it and served alongside fish tacos. Apparently, it bore too close a resemblance to shredded cheddar. I didn't even put it on their plates.

So, I've be enjoying my favorite Irish foods by my lonesome. I cooked up the world's smallest corned beef last night and had a scrumptious sandwich with the leftovers today. I made a small soda bread the two days ago and will probably make another tonight or tomorrow. One nice addition to a the feast is to get a good Irish butter. European butters tend to have a lower water content, and a higher butterfat content. A good basic is Kerrygold unsalted Irish butter, available locally at Trader Joe's. It's sold elsewhere, but for more dough.

Some other ways to celebrate:
Spring Lamb Stew
Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread

Or, just go green:
Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken and Haricots Verts
Caesar Salad
Thai Green Curry
Artichokes with Aioli
Szechuan Green Beans
Spicy Lemon Baby Broccoli

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

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