I was born in Ireland: in the capital city, Dublin. So, for today, let me say: Céad míle fáilte - Welcome! (this is nearly the sum total of my Gaelic)
Being Irish by birth, I have always celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. My shamrock may have been suspiciously like clover but the green,white and gold ribbons tying up my bunches made for very effective camouflage.
The dinner for today, the one that is wafting meaty goodness up the stairs, came from a recipe I found on the Bloginity site. You can't smell how tasty it is but I have posted the details here and a picture too. For a change, the meat in my pot doesn't look too dissimilar ;)
Rub open faces of corned beef with garlic. Insert corned beef into large pot, and fill with beer. Add water if necessary to cover corned beef by one inch. Add spices, including garlic, and cover. Bring pot to boil then lower to a simmer. Maintain simmer for four and a half hours. Remove corned beef and allow to sit while you boil cabbage in the water from the corned beef. Enjoy!
Did I mention this is the fourth day of my notexactlyatkins inspired, healthy eating programme? I ate in a restaurant last night, and I spent ages selecting the driest Indian curry - no naan bread for me, thank you - keeping to the spirit of the programme ;)
Today, I have had the bubbling beef speaking to me for nearly four hours and I've resorted to sucking the string on my borrowed, orange hoody which I have teamed to co-ordinate with my green, satin dress and white leggings.
Have you noticed St Patrick's Day is not about elegance? ;) Are you celebrating today?
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh - Happy St Patrick's Day to you. :D
ST PATRICK'S BREASTPLATE
(I found this on my trip around the blogs - wish I could remember where - it is SOOOO beautiful)