Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Today is one of my favorite holidays, and I love to go to the parade. One year, I did three St. Patty’s Day parades in a row–in NYC, in DC and in Raleigh, NC. I’ve been to St. Patty’s Day parades in Hoboken (back when it was good and you could drink in the streets and the bars had free corned beef and cabbage). I love corned beef and cabbage and soda bread and Guinness. In fact, I made mine yesterday.
This soda bread recipe (different from the one I made last year) is from a woman named Pat Burns in Molly O’Neill’s New York Cookbook. It’s very delicious. I used really creamy butter from Maine and full-fat buttermilk. (I got my buttermilk from a dairy, but it was still full of gums. It looks as if one cannot get full-fat buttermilk anymore.)
For dessert, I kept it simple by making an angel food cake and fresh whipped cream with some green food coloring.
Today is a day to celebrate the Irish in America, much like Columbus Day for Italians. Today is also the name day of someone who is very special to me. And it also reminds me of my late Aunt Mary who died last year around this time, who like me, loved all things Irish. So in honor of Aunt Mary, all those named Patrick, all the Irish everywhere and those who love them, I’ve made Homemade Irish Cream, from a recipe my Aunt Mary gave me years ago. Slainte!
Aunt Mary’s Homemade Irish Cream
1 egg (I use pasteurized)
1 can condensed milk
1/2 pint heavy cream
1 1/2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
3/4 cup Irish whiskey
Blend all together in a blender. Chill and serve.