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St. Patty's Day- MY DAY!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

St. Patty's is one of my favorite holidays. Top 3, easily.

I had a nice day staying mostly indoors. It was very windy and stormy here in the San Diego, so I stayed in where it was warm and calm. I cooked dinner- corned beef brisket (2), potatoes, carrots, onions, and cabbage, a pot of colcannon, and Irish wheaten (or brown) bread. I stuck the briskets and vegetables in the crockpot and let it go to town for about 8 hours. Turned out so delicious! For those that don't know what colcannon is, its basically mashed potatoes with kale and scallions. I add bacon to mine. I cooked the bacon, sauteed the kale in the bacon fat, added cabbage and green onion to the kale and cooked that, then added it to my mashed potatoes. Super delicious! The wheaten bread is my favorite, although mine turned out a little too done on the outsides. When I was in Ireland, they served this brown bread everywhere I went! It was served at breakfast and dinner and I couldn't get enough of it! Most of the time it was in a formed loaf, but I like mine rustic, so I'd just bake it after forming it into a round by hand. My one regret is not getting Kerrygold butter to smear on it. That butter is AWESOME!!! If you've never tried it, I suggest you do. (Yes, I advocate using butter over margarine any day.)

Then, to make the night special with the wind blowing and the rain falling outside, we lit a fire in our fireplace. Its the first time we did it since we moved in! It was so nice and toasty, but I think we need to do some "research" on it for the next time. Our living room still smells like a campfire. emoticon

Well, at least we were cozy. I put on my feetie pajamas that my mom got me for my birthday. Luckily, I have an obsession with all things green and Irish, so my jammies were highly appropriate!

(This pic is actually from back in January)

My nausea seems to be subsiding, but all that rich food last night was a little much and I didn't feel that great at the end of the night. Worth it. I think this coming year I'm going to corn my own brisket. I've always wanted to try it, so I've resolved to do it. If I can find plain brisket cheap, I'll pick one up, corn it now, and jam it in the freezer.

I have some ideas on how to use the leftovers from dinner, but I may be lacking some ingredients (and money) for them. I know I can make corned beef hash no problem, but I wanted to make a Reuben sandwich bake thing, too. I don't have caraway seeds, Swiss cheese, or sauerkraut, so I may have to save that recipe for some other time. I also don't have Thousand Island dressing, but its so ridiculously easy to make from scratch, I'd have no problems there. *sigh*

My maybe-too-raging-fire at the end a nice night...

I hope everyone had a great, safe, and healthy St. Patty's Day!
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May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
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    I made that bread too...except I added flax and chia seeds to it, so it wasn't as authentic...but my mum said it was just as good as the bread they serve everywhere in Ireland. I too made mine more rustic.
    3304 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    I am late to this blog but, as an Irish "girl", this made me happy. On St Patrick's Day, I was driving for several hours and I found a station on satellite radio that was playing all Irish rock and roll (and not just U2) - it was great. I had worked out that morning at the gym (strength training) and my friend, who owns the gym, also played all Irish music while we worked out - it was great. I am planning a trip to Ireland in 2014 to celebrate my 55th birthday - there are lots of places I want to go, but I NEED to go to Ireland. I am glad you had such a wonderful, cozy, DELICIOUS St. Patrick's day - love the jammies. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3314 days ago
    Your meal looks amazing and your jammies look sooo comfy!
    3316 days ago
  • NEWSGIRL2177
    Those are some festive jammies!
    Hope you feel better!
    3316 days ago
  • ABB698
    Those potatoes with kale look amazing. I've just discovered kale and am kale chip obsessed! Love your pj's, they are so cute! And judging by your tat's, you really do love all things green and Irish :) Glad you had a great day!
    About the fireplace, maybe the shue wasn't open or vented, that could leave a residual smell.
    You didn't have any green beer on St. Pattys? emoticon I had my Michelob Ultra Pomegranate Raspberry (YUM! and only 95 calories), and added green food coloring to it to be festive :)
    3317 days ago
    Wow, what a festive fun day! Love your fireplace! Sounds like it might need cleaned..like all the smoke isn't getting up the chimney! Your food sounded and looked great! Hope you continue to feel better...loved your JAMMIES! Thanks for the Irish blessing, same to you,my friend!
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    3317 days ago
    Got any leftovers? That dinner looks and sounds awesome.

    My wife made an Irish-inspired casserole. I'm not a huge fan of cabbage (except on a Rubio's fish taco), and so I was skeptical since the casserole had cabbage; but boy was it good. And yes, perfect for a wet and blustery evening.

    That menu of yours, by cozy fire, seems perfect.

    3317 days ago
    3317 days ago
    That all looks and sounds so delish! Glad you had a nice St. Patty's Day!!
    3317 days ago
    I LOVE your jammies. Those are just awesome. Fleece, shamrocks, and jammies....three of my favorite things. Your meal sounds amazing, too. We had grill-food - steak, fennel, asparagus, squash and mushrooms, which was good but not exactly Irish-themed. We also had a fire, but it was outside, and it was entirely too hot to get anywhere near it, even after the sun went down. On the plus side, building the fire got rid of all the brush from cleaning up around my yard! We even burned our christmas tree which was (embarrassingly enough) still sitting around out in the yard.
    3317 days ago
    Food looks delish. Very cute pic of you. Sounds like you'd enjoy a trip to Ireland someday.
    3317 days ago
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