As tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to get my Irish on with a traditional dinner just like my Mom, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother would have made. Like my ancestors, I zipped right over to FoodNetwork.com and made some Irish Soda Bread sans currants (which in my opinion, is a meal ruiner if there ever was one) and a Sheperd’s Pie that would make St. Patrick himself a wee bit o’green with envy (the secret is the beer). It was a hit with Quinn – who is a little too dopey to realize that he doesn’t like cut up carrots and peas yet – and although the older two picked around the vegetables, there was enough bacon, beef and potatoes to keep them happy. Make these tomorrow, pair with a beer or glass of wine and you’ve got yourself the perfect St. Paddy’s Day dinner.
(Links for the recipes are above; click on the blue words and they’ll take you over to the site.)
As we finished up I asked the kids if they knew they were Irish and they said yes, of course, because “we have the freckles.” Yup, them’s my people. I am so proud.
Erin Go Bragh!