Friday, March 13, 2015

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!




As the shamrock
is the traditional symbol
of Ireland...



The delicious,
mint-flavored, McDonald's
Shamrock Shake
symbolizes the
approach of
Saint Patrick's Day
in America!








From pirate's slave
to Irish saint...


  Saint Patrick
5th Century Bishop of Ireland



Prayer of Saint Patrick

God, my God, omnipotent King,
 I humbly adore thee.
 Thou art King of kings, Lord of lords.
 Thou art the Judge of every age. 
Thou art the Redeemer of souls.
 Thou art the Liberator 
of those who believe. 
Thou art the Hope 
of those who toil.
 Thou art the Comforter
 of those in sorrow.
 Thou art the Way 
to those who wander. 
Thou art Master
 to the nations.
 Thou art the Creator
 of all creatures.
 Thou art the Lover
 of all good.
 Thou art the Prince
 of all virtues.
 Thou art the joy
 of all Thy saints.
 Thou art life perpetual. 
Thou art joy in truth. 
Thou art the exultation 
 in the eternal fatherland. 
Thou art the Light of light. 
Thou art the
 Fountain of holiness.
 Thou art the glory of God
 the Father in the height.
 Thou art Savior of the world. 
Thou art the plenitude
 of the Holy Spirit.
 Thou sittest at 
the right hand of God 
the Father on the throne, 
 reigning forever.











"Oh, she is my dear, my darling one
Her eyes so sparkling full of fun
No other, no other can match the likes of her
Oh, she is my dear, my darling one
My smiling and beguiling one
I love the ground she walks upon
My darling Irish girl."
"Pretty Irish Girl"
from the Walt Disney movie,
"Darby O'Gill and the Little People"
(1959)





Watch Out For The Wee Folk!


One of my favorite
Walt Disney movies!




And now for
another Irish folk song...





  The Unicorn
The Irish Rovers





And a bit of Irish romance!




 One of my favorite scenes from
"The Quiet Man"
(1952)



I'm just a wee bit Irish meself,
(1/16 I believe)
but this does not stop me
from cooking up
a feast on
Saint Patrick's Day!





From My Kitchen...



Traditional Irish Soda Bread
is made from the most
basic of ingredients-flour
baking powder or soda,
and buttermilk-
however, I like to add 
raisins to mine! 

According to Irish legend,
a cross cut into the top of
the loaf before baking is
said to protect the household
from the works of the devil.


Irish
Soda Bread

3 cups unbleached white flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda or powder
1 cup raisins
  1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450.

In a mixing bowl,
sift together flour with
salt and baking powder
Add raisins.
Make a well in
the center and pour
in the buttermilk.
Stir to mix well.
Turn the dough out
onto a lightly floured board
and lightly pat into a
round loaf.
Score top of the loaf 
 with a knife
to make a cross.
Put the loaf into a
buttered cast iron skillet
and bake for 10 minutes, or
until bread has risen and is 
slightly brown.
Reduce oven heat to 350
and bake for an additional
25 minutes, or until done.
Makes 1 loaf.





Pammy's Irish Stew

2 lbs. boneless lamb,
cut into 1-inch cubes
(you may substitute beef
for the lamb)
 1 tsp. each of
salt, pepper, paprika,
garlic powder,
1 cup flour
3 tablespoons extra virgin
 olive oil or olive oil/sunflower oil
1 large Spanish onion, chopped
5 large potatoes peeled
and quartered
4 large carrots peeled, 
halved, and cut into 
bite-sized pieces.
1 can sweet peas

In a gallon-size
plastic slider bag,
toss meat pieces in
flour and spices
until meat is
well-coated.
(Save flour
to thicken stew).
Heat oil in a heavy skillet
and add meat to brown.
Remove meat and add onion.
Saute onion until soft,
return meat to the pan 
and add water to cover.
Simmer meat covered
for about 11/2 hours.
Add potatoes and
carrots to stew.
Cook for another 30
minutes until vegetables
are done.
Stir 2 tablespoons of
reserved flour into 1/2
cup of cold water
until dissolved and
stirring constantly,
add to simmering stew.
Cook another 5-6 minutes
or so until stew is
thickened.
Makes 4-6 Servings.
(This stew can also
be made in a crock pot.) 

For a little ethnic "fusion cooking",
serve this delicious stew
with some crusty Italian
or French bread! 







Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
3 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups unbleached flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder


Preheat oven to 350.  
Mix all ingredients well and roll
into balls (about the size of a walnut)
place cookies evenly on a
greased baking pan or sheet.
Using a fork dipped in water,
flattened cookies a bit
making criss-cross with
tins of fork.
(In honor of St, Patrick's Day
you might want to sprinkle
these cookies with some
green-tinted sugar
before baking.) 
Bake about 12-15 minutes or
until cookies are golden brown
on the bottom.
This recipe makes about
 5 dozen cookies.


Leprechaun Cookie Jar






Leprechaun Crossing
Sign in Ireland

 
"Little cow-boy what have you heard,
Up on the lovely rath's green mound?
Only the plaintive yellow bird
Sighing in the sultry fields round,
Chary, chary, chary, chee-ee!
Only the grasshopper and the bee?

Tip-Tap, rip-rap,
Tick-a-tack-too!
Scarlet leather, sewn together,
This will make a shoe.

Left, right, pull it tight;
Summer days are warm;
Underground in winter,
Laughing at the storm!

Lay your ear close to the hill.
Do you not catch the tiny clamour,
Busy click of an elfin hammer,
Voice of the leprechaun singing shrill
As he merrily plies his trade?

He's span and a quarter in height.
Get him and hold him tight,
And you're a made Man!

-From "The Leprechaun Companion"
By Niall MacNamara








Ireland
The Mystic Beauty...






 "The Road To Heaven"
Ireland
Where every two years
the stars align with the road.





The famous Rosa Moss Bridges
Ireland









Rugged Cliffs Along The
Irish Sea Coast









Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

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