With all this rain you’d think we were on the Emerald Isle. Well, not exactly. If this were Ireland there wouldn’t be monster snow banks at the end of the driveway. Anyway, Saint Paddy’s Day is next week. If you are delighted to see the rain wash the snow away, it’s time to celebrate. If you are a skier like me, it’s time to commiserate.
Whether you model your get-together on an Irish wake to commiserate a too rapid end to the ski season or throw a wild and wooly spring fling, any excuse is a good excuse to bring friends together. Pull out your favorite Irish music, stock up on Guinness and Irish whiskey and grill some lamb or braise some corned beef.
If you are like me and don’t know a lot (i.e. close to nothing) about Irish cooking, you’ll need to wing it. Here are a few suggestions:
Start with a bit of green! My Asparagus Soup may not be traditional Irish fare but the bright green color will get you in the mood!
The Main Event: I love lamb and it’s a popular dish on the Emerald Isle. My
Grilled Lamb & Lemon Roasted Potatoes might not give you an authentic taste of old Ireland but it will give you a taste of spring. After all, the first day of spring is just around the corner. Add some of my delicious Roasted Green Beans.
6 ounces coffee or 2-3 ounce shot espresso (decaf is okay)
Very cold heavy cream
1 teaspoon (or to taste) brown sugar
1 ounce (or less if you make it with an espresso shot) Irish Whiskey
Brew the coffee using your favorite method. While the coffee is brewing, beat the cream until it thickens slightly.
Combine sugar and coffee in a mug and stir to dissolve. Add the whiskey and then gently float the cream on top of the coffee. Do not stir.
Have a wonderful evening and bon appétit!
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