Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patty's!

My mother was a Riley so I think I'm entitled to celebrating this holiday.

Tonight we shall feast upon crock pot corned beef ($6), a cabbage and apple stir-fry ($1.19) and soda bread:


I thought I would make a soda bread with raisins in it at first. But I didn't feel like going out to buy raisins.

Then I came across this site that curmudgeonly asserts that if it has eggs, raisins, etc. that it's not really "soda bread" but tea cake.

What really hit home for me and made me smile was the site's author alleges:

"The creation of soda bread and 'Corned Beef and Cabbage' came about not to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but as a result of poverty."

Oh man, how can I resist not paying homage to my cheap-ass ancestors?!

And certainly tonight's corned beef and cabbage will cost us less than $10 and we'll eat leftovers for at least one night.

Dessert was a bit more of a splurge.


Irish Cream Shamrock cakes! Yum!



Blogger Carol said...

Happy St. Patty's! Would you believe in a house full of McDermotts, I'm (Italian/Lithuanian) the ONLY one who likes the tradtional fare of the day? No wonder I'm crabby.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Starfish said...

Seriously, you should write a book. Who would think that meal was under $10 bucks? I wish I was eating at your house - can't take the oversalted cornedbeef and mushy cabbage my MIL makes for the occaision. Good thing I'm italian.

7:55 AM  
Blogger maggie said...

Happy St. Pat's. However, if we honored the Ewings in my family, we'd be wearing the orange at our house. The Henrys on the husband's side might like a little corned beef and cabbage though...

8:01 AM  
Blogger Poops said...

Were it up to me, we'd dine on tourtiere on St. Joseph's Day instead as my whole side of the family is French. But the hubster does have some Irish in the woodpile. But we both hate corned beef, so there you go. I find it's only cheap this time of year because they have so much of it. The rest of the time, it can get kind of pricey. Ironic that.

Now cabbage, oh I do love me some cabbage. Sadly, it hates me. And everyone around me, if you catch my drift...

8:14 AM  
Blogger Brena said...

Happy St. Pat's! Those cakes are adorable.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Dkswife said...

Happy St. Paddy's Day to you and yours! The bread looks awesome and the dessert, well, I just love dessert!

8:22 AM  
Blogger Ina said...

Happy St. Patty's! Some people do get a bit huffy about their soda bread, don't they. Yours looks yummy.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

yum! irish cream cakes! Happy St. Patty's! I'm wearing green today to be festive. :)

9:07 AM  
Blogger Disco said...

Let's raise a glass of Guinness to poverty. Happy St Paddy's ;-)

9:07 AM  
Blogger Olga said...

That bread looked absolutly perfect! I'm like Maggie there, we'll be wearing the orange , as my mother made me do in gradeschool where I'd get pinched to death by all those evil green kids and now I'm still in therpy over it.
but I'm not bitter....

9:09 AM  
Blogger Alisha said...

Oh Bezzie....finally!!!!!! I have been haivng such issues with commenting on blogger blogs. I haven't been able to comment on yours in has been killing me!!!!

Love your cakes!

Have a greta meal and Happy St. Patty's Day to you!

9:23 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Sounds delicioso! What time is dinner?

Given that my ancestors (supposedly) hail from the Green Isle (some 400 years ago :), I should be a little more in tune with the holiday, but the best I actually managed to muster thus far is the Guinness in my fridge ;). I do have some cabbage, though, and so maybe I look up some recipes and use it for dinner tonight in honor of the Day :).

9:42 AM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

Sounds like a great dinner! that cake came out great, what cute litle mold. I've not tried soda bread but that loaf looks great.

10:09 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Okay, that's the second soda bread I've seen in the last five minutes. Dammit, now I need to make some!

10:28 AM  
Blogger Magatha said...

Lovely poverty foods! Yeah, what indentured servant/slave laboring Irish person could afford raisins? Unless they had their own grapevine in a pot, I doubt they ever had raisins beyond Christmas.

My deep dark ancestors had some Irish, namely the Lee and Cox families of Virginia of my maternal grandmother's family.
Mr. Mag is a full one quarter Irish as his grandmother came over on a boat filled with other O'Brien like herself.

Let's all read Angela's Ashes to get ourselves all set up in the mood for a real Irish drunk tonight.
OK, with apple juice. Darn sobriety.

11:05 AM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Happy St. Patty's Day Bezzie!! Oh yes, I could have told you about the poverty story. Dad tells us that EVERY year when we eat corned beef and cabbage..okay, who am I kidding...anytime he's making something from his childhood he reminds us of the poverty of the Irish, etc. (You know, us Irish have the gift for the gab too!).

That soda bread looks fabulous! And the cakes...too cute!

11:25 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

No corned beef here either. I detest the stuff. I usually cook some pork but this morning when I was looking in the freezer for dinner (really tough at 7 am) I thought of meatloaf so we are having meatloaf. After years of trying different soda bread recipes, I use the one my family likes. It may not be authentic but we like it.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Rebel said...

You know... sometimes poor people eat good food! I completely forgot about st. pats. Maybe the corned beef will be on sale today & I can trump your cheapassness. =P

That cake looks super yummy.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy St. Patty's Day!!! Yes, I am going to wear my green. I have never tried soda bread and now it is too late!!! Your cake looks cute. (If a cake can.) Where did you get your clover cake pan? Love, Mom

12:33 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Yum, corned beef! I meant to buy a corned beef brisket, but didn't get around too it - too much going on with my sister's bridal shower this weekend. Cabbage I can do without, unless it's the raw, red?(looks purple to me) in a salad.

Anyway, I'm half-Irish too! My mom's great, great grandma came to the U.S. from County Mayo, Ireland as a teenager. : ) I'm also half-Italian, and I prefer the Italian food, too.

3:34 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Happy St Pats! When's dinner?

4:12 PM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

Happy St. Pattie's.

I'm about as Irish as you are Messican, but there is soda bread and cabbage on tonight's menu as well. I guess this is as close as I can come to seeing what it's like for white folks to celebrate 5 de Mayo :).

8:05 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Happy St. Patty's Day! I was one of the only doofuses at work who wore green. I like to be festive. The bread and the shamrock cakes look so good!

8:58 PM  
Blogger The Curly Knitter said...

It all looks great! I hope it was a great day.

6:39 AM  
Blogger Miss T said...

Mmmm, sounds like a great menu! Your bread is beautiful.

12:10 PM  

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