I'm takin' a wee break here to wish me family, friends, and all me darlin' readers "Top o' the mornin' to ya!" Whether you're Irish or you're not, I'm hopin' that in good fun you ALL are dressed in green from head to your wee little toes!!
I had the BEST time yesterday, playin' me Irish music, and makin' Shamrock cookies with me darlin' children! Me Irish eyes are surely smilin', because 'tis moments like these I'll be holdin' most dear to me heart!...
But, sure and begorrah, I can barely get me crafts cleaned up in one room, and next think you're knowin' I'm findin' meself makin' a bigger mess in the kitchen!
Aye, I'll be very busy today, preparin' our Irish Corned Beef Dinner for tonight, but I'm wantin' to share another favorite Irish recipe with ya! Oh, I'm bettin' you've made 'em before!.. not knowin', o' course, the right 'n proper IRISH name for 'em!
(Irish Potato Griddle Cakes, a traditional potato dish, often enjoyed with a hearty breakfast)
An old Irish rhyme goes like this:
Boxty on the griddle,
Boxty in the pan,
If you can't make boxty,
You'll never get a man.
1 cup raw potato
1 cup mashed potato
1 egg, beaten
2 cups self-rising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste
onion powder to taste (fresh, finely-chopped may be used, if preferred)
1/4 cup of butter, melted
approx. 1 cup milk (more or less, if necessary for texture)
sour cream (optional)
Grate the raw potato into a bowl. Mix with mashed potatoes. Sift your dry ingredients into potatoes, adding the melted butter and beaten egg. Add just enough milk necessary to make a doughy batter, but still loose enough to drop from a spoon. Dropping from a spoon is optional, but I prefer to knead my batter on a floured surface, to make into flat, round patties. With melted butter/margarine on a hot griddle or heavy pan, brown the patties, approximately 3 - 4 minutes each side, till browned on both sides.
Serve hot with butter/margarine, or with sour cream. Enjoy!
Now, with all me Irish heart,
and upon every star I can find in the sky,
I wish for you...
Walls for the wind
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks by the fire,
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you
And all that your heart may desire!