Are you planning to be celebratin’ St. Patty’s Day? If so, you’ll likely be wearin’ the green and partakin’ of a few Irish delicacies. Maybe these are some of your favorites.
Our family was not Irish, so by rights we were disqualified from observing St. Patrick’s Day. Nevertheless, it never kept us from making sure we wore green on March 17. Since Green was my mother’s maiden name, she said it would be ok. Mom was always partial to Irish potatoes, so she capitalized on the holiday theme to create a batch for us and one to share. Using her recipe for butter cream Easter eggs, she made a slight modification, coating the taters in cinnamon instead of chocolate. Not a lo-cal snack but yummy just the same.
I married into a family with Irish roots, so now I can celebrate legally. My husband’s family all remember growing up with green pancakes and green milk for breakfast followed by green mashed potatoes for dinner. My mother-in-law was a lot more energetic than I, and she had five kids.
My sister-in-law still gets into the celebration by making her famous Irish soda bread. She too makes some for family and always has some extra to share. That’s just the type of person she is. Not only is it festive, it’s also delicious. (You can see I married well.)
The area elementary school teachers really get into the holiday mood by starting out a day or so before the 17th. Turning pencil cups on their sides, rearranging desks, overturning trash cans and other simple pranks leave young children thinking the leprechauns have paid them a visit. It’s all in good fun, and I suppose makes for a memorable lesson on the country of Ireland. (Likely they leave out the part about St. Patrick being a Christian missionary telling the people of Ireland about Jesus. That might get them in trouble with the principal.)
Me? Who cares that I’m not really Irish. I’m going to be sportin’ the green and partakin’ of whatever Irish food comes my way. I figure St. Patrick’s Day gives us another opportunity to celebrate what’s good, and we can always use more of that.
Shamrock shake anyone?