Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Top O' The Mornin' To Ya!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

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!



Sally said...

Happy St Pats to ya Beansie!!
Thanks for stoppin off at me blog this mornin!! You got a lot of stuff done for the holiday. I wish I had more free time...I never did get to make me soda bread today, had to buy a loaf but it's just as good!! Hope you had a wee celebration in yer neck o the woods!!

Beansieleigh said...

Ha! Ha!!... Now there ya go!! Homemade bread, or store-bought bread... Ya STILL got the spirit of a sassy Irish lassie!!! We had a nice dinner; but if ya can't tell, and yer not knowin' me well enough yet, I can get a wee bit carried away with meself sometimes!! Aye, good as it all was, there sure are a lot of leftovers in me refrigerator and freezer right now!! (0: Thanks for stoppin' by!!