Everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s Day so I hope you decked out in green just for the craic¹! Our family dressed like we were headed to Croke Park for the All Ireland² and attended a party where nearly everything was green from the vegetables to the Rice Krispy treats. Mr. Second Helpings and I indulged in more than our share of freshly baked soda bread with real Irish butter and relished every crumb!
In addition to the normal shenanigans of a party peppered with toddlers the hostess put on The Secret of Kells for the guests to watch. It is a stunningly animated feature film. The story is a fictional account of how the famed Book of Kells came to be in Ireland, magically weaving together both pagan and christian history/mythology. The animation style is like nothing I have seen before, like watching a beloved picture book spring to life. It has captivated me every time I have seen it.
Now we are settling in to enjoy some of this week’s abundant leftovers! The fridge is filled with Seafood Chowder, barbecued chicken, coleslaw, and delicious goodies I haven’t shared yet. I had so much fun strolling down my cobbled memory lane that I cooked more than I could post in a week but I think it is a win all around. While you await the new posts it might be prudent to take the dog for an extra walk. I figured out how to turn brown bread into a mouthwatering Bread Pudding with Jameson drunk raisins. Just for fun I also whipped up a from-scratch lasagna dripping with bechamel sauce that earned long happy mmmmm….’s all around the table.
No need to worry if I have completely lost my head, I have slimmed down the ingredients! [Insert a merry little jig here.] Check back next week for the full recipes!
In the mean time, have a fantastic time with the rest of your holiday weekend remembering to eat and drink mindfully.
¹“Craic“ or “crack” (both pronounced /ˈkræk/krak) is a term variously meaning news, gossip, fun, entertainment, and enjoyable conversation found in Northern England,Scotland, and Ireland, where it is particularly prominent. – Wikipedia
²The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the premier competition in Gaelic football, is a series of games organised by theGaelic Athletic Association and played during the summer and early autumn. The All-Ireland Football Final is played on the third or fourth Sunday in September in Croke Park, Dublin with the winning team receiving the Sam Maguire Cup.