Menu Swap for the St Patty’s Day week : special ingredient coconut; Cocktail of the week: Hard Cider

St Patty's Day prep, Irish coffee and bling

Finally, it is the day I wait for all year long: St Patty’s Day. You might think that I gave up partying hard for this day in my twenties (like most) or in my thirties (like the rest) but no! I still plan to do a pub crawl today (albeit with only two pubs) and wear green and loudly shout Irishisms that I can’t spell.

You see, I am a red head. This is a holy day for red heads, esp ones of Irish descent like me (Scottish and German too). This is the day I get to wear my favorite color: green. 80% of my wardrobe is green, so it really isn’t a hard to find something to wear.

What to cook? I alternate between Irish boiled dinner (which sounds so boring) and Irish stew with Lamb every other year now. We started the week off with fish and chips to get that out of my system.

What to drink? Whiskey and Cider of course since there is no gf Guinness and I prefer many other delish stouts to Guinness anyway, even if I can’t drink them. So I have chosen for the pub crawl locations that have cider on tap and whiskey on hand and music to jig to.

Can you tell I am excited?

Here’s this week’s adventure:

Saturday: Southwest Santa Fe: Carne Adovada (pork in red chile sauce) and pinto beans with guac and chips.

Sunday: Irish Coast: Fish and chips

Monday: Irish boiled dinner (although I never once saw corned beef when I was in Ireland) Corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. The pressure cooker is already going and then this will go into the crockpot with the rest of the deliciousness to be ready by the time I am pub crawled out.

Tuesday: Asian Pacific: Grilled Salmon and broccoli rabe with garlic ginger. Salmon will likely have an asian flare to it – chile, garlic, tamari with a lemon grass coconut milk sauce or coconut rice to serve with it, or both.

Wednesday: Tex Mex: Pork enchiladas (casserole style with cheese and onions, lots of onions) with cucumber lime salad and Mexican rice and a pina colada with Mt Gay rum (my fav).

Thursday: Thai :Lard Nah with swiss chard and tofu on wide rice noodles. I will have to post this recipe as it is addicting (if you can eat soy).

Friday: German tour of the Rhine : Jagerschnitzel with Riesling mushroom sauce, spaetzle and rot kohl (or some sort of cabbage side) with a dry Riesling

Warning: Any one of these nights might get subbed out for takeout Gluten free Pizza from Mancino’s down the road (yes, finally, but it is 20 min away. They have a GF crust and a spelt crust!). Twenty minutes never seemed so close!

Erin go braugh!

i’m out and doing a jig, a celtic one……

after pub crawling....

6 thoughts on “Menu Swap for the St Patty’s Day week : special ingredient coconut; Cocktail of the week: Hard Cider

  1. What a great post! I didn’t realize you were a redhead- a bit ‘o the irish in ye, aye? Fantastic! Have a great day and enjoy some cider and whiskey for me!


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  3. Hi Ginger,

    Hope you’re having a great time! I made the Niman Ranch corned beef from Trader Joe’s last night, with boiled cabbage and roasted Yukon potatoes. It was the first time that I’ve ever had corned beef, and I found the flavor rather peculiar, to tell the truth. I’m going to make hash with the leftovers (about three pounds– lots to freeze for later). We aren’t doing anything exciting tonight, as my husband is recovering from the flu that got me last week.

    I’m looking forward to hearing about any cheese adventures that you had in the Northwest!

  4. Your salmon and enchiladas sound fabulous. If you get any spare time after your celebrating can you send a longer description to me. I’m salivating over here.

  5. Rachel,
    I will make sure I do! It is great with all greens. I really could eat it once a week!

    Cris, I do plan to post the salmon later today – it was great but could use some tweeking and I will be working on perfecting it! The pork is in the crock pot for the enchiladas and I would be happy to post that recipe too, although I don’t really have a recipe!

    Danielle, if you’ve ever eaten a reuben, that is how the corned beef should taste, perhaps Trader Joe’s did a different twist. I feel like I am 30 posts behind, but I plan on a full cheese post very soon. Probably not til the weekend as it is a busy work week. I am still eating the corned beef from Monday – it makes great leftovers for breakfast.

    Sea, I drank enough cider and whiskey for all of us – new tip, pour the whiskey in the cider for extra kick!


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