Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Beannachtam Ná Fhéile Pádraig

Céad míle fáilte romhat! Today is Saint Patrick's Day. For me, of course, it's all about the food. This year, we're honoring the American side of Irish American, bowing to the mostly American tradition of corned beef and cabbage, which is virtually unknown in Ireland (though bacon and cabbage is a popular dish). There will definitely be creamy, buttery champ with scallions, which is Irish all the way!
You won't find green beer at my house...that "tradition" alledgedly began in Canada. My preferred pint is Guinness (but Beamish and Murphy's are also in the running).Mr. Junkie's palate requires something a little lighter, so there are a couple of bottles of Harp Lager stashed away...with any luck, it will be just enough to hold my German gent until Ocktoberfest!

We wish you all Beannachtam Ná Fhéile Pádraig! (Happy St. Patrick's Day!) May you always have a clean shirt, a clear conscience, and enough coins in your pocket to buy a pint!

Please celebrate safely! Slán agus beannacht leat!


Buzz Kill said...

I love Guinness. I have fond (fuzzy) memories of a St Paddy's Day about 20 years ago at a bar on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco called Fiddler's Green where the barmaid was drawing out Guinness for us and finishing it with a shamrock design in the foam. I had a really good Sheperd's pie with that too.

Happy St. Patrick's day.

Big Shamu said...


What did you say?

BACON and cabbage? Sign me up.

The Java Junkie said...

Sounds like fun, Buzz! We usually do lamb stew, but the corned beef sounded so darned good... :)

That's right, woman - BACON AND CABBAGE! Irish girls got it goin' on!!!

Susan said...

Oh No ! Holy Crab Cakes ! Just went to our teeny tiny little village by the sea grocery store on the look out for fresh scallops (a fairly regular find) for this weekend's DS Sunday crustacean/shellfish extravaganza and not a fresh scallop to be found. Over in the frozen section all that I could find that fit the bill was a bag of frozen raw jumbo shrimp - product of Thailand - and this Nova Scotia seaside gal says a big ol' Nope ! to that.

I may have to expand the category to cover "all things" that live dans les Ocean if that's OK with you. They always have fresh fish.

I'm thinkin' Salmon for Plan B.

Big Shamu said...

Best laid plans, I think you're safe considering the dearth at the village seafood market.
Looking forward to Plan B.

pamokc said...

Mmmm, bacon and cabbage sounds good, but bacon goes with everything. Happy late St P's day to you.

The Phosgene Kid said...

I have always wondered that since St Pat drove all the snakes out of Ireland (right to America where they all took up politics) why we don't eat snake on St Pats. And where'd the Paddies find the money for apiece of beef in the first place?