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The Luck of the Irish Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2012

Truly life does throw us some curve balls doesn’t it? I mean honestly……….here I was, minding my own business, planning my menu for St Patrick’s Day… DO know it’s St Patrick’s Day today don’t you? So first off, before I head into my tale of woe….and yes, it is a tale of woe to be sure…….. let me greet you all by saying Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit or as you and I would know it……HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!! And don’t forget…..


Anyway….back to planning my menu! I spent the last few days planning my menu for today and I swayed between Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes (I definitely wouldn’t be able to manage the drink which is a 3/4 glass of Guinness with a shooter glass containing 1/2 a tot of Whiskey and 1/2 a tot of Bailey’s dropped into it all of which you chug down in one long gulp…before the drinks begin to curdle eeeeeeuuuw!!!) Irish Stew…….colcannon…… beer……gosh so much of green stuff and traditional Irish food that I eventually had to give up and make up my mind on just a few things to try. Forget the green beer, what I had in mind was starting my day with a green smoothie and, because I am not all that keen on savoury cold thick liquids, I planned to make an Avocado Banana Mint Smoothie (just to be different and because I have never tried one before) but my avocados have not ripened and my bananas have over ripened….LUCK OF THE IRISH!!!

Then I had planned to make my hubby a delicious Beef and Guinness Pie because he loves it and because it is really better than just Irish Stew (well, he thinks so anyway but he ain’t Irish!) so yesterday when I was heading back from my first social engagement in months (an Indaba sponsorship meeting….but more about that in a soon to be written post!) I popped into a shop on the way home and purchased the ingredients I would require for the pie and also for what I had planned for dessert – a baked mint cheesecake that took my fancy. I stopped at a bottle store and bought 2 cans of Guinness and headed home with my stash…..

I popped everything in the fridge so that I could start early this morning, I thought I might have been able to do at the least the stewing part of the pie but being Friday evening we had our grandson Jay for his first sleepover on his own. He truly is a big boy now!

Anyway, I digress again………….. this little guy

had plans of his own and came skipping along with his shamrock leaf and slapped hubby upside the head over his right ear before he even woke up! As he opened his eyes and turned over in the dim early morning light he suddenly said my name in the oddest way. I leaned over Jay (who spent half the night wedged between us in the bed) to ask what was wrong and he said something strange is happening. At this moment Jay woke up and said good morning in his husky voice and Tasha the hound jumped onto the bed in excitement to lick him good morning. Poor hubby moaned and said to me everything is spinning wildly. The dogs head looked as though it was in a vortex above his head. Of course I knew instantly what had happened…..disturbance of the fluid in the inner ear…..Meniere’s Syndrome! Wild dizziness, vertigo, ringing in the ears….nausea….he had it for sure! Of course he thought he was having a stroke at the very least! So I got him back onto the side he had just turned from and started searching for some meds which of course eluded me. All the while I was trying to keep a very energetic grandson and dog quiet so that hubby could lie there very quietly without them jumping on him. I phoned my neighbour who I knew had some of the meds and apologized profusely for the early morning disturbance and then sent Jay over to fetch the magic potion that would counteract the leprechauns spell. So the poor man has slept the day away….only waking a half hour ago to discover that it was all better. He just feels as though he has had a couple of these now…..after effects of the medication and deep sleep……..

Thankfully the spinning has gone away! He tells me he dreamed of the beautiful green island with all it’s lovely colleens and of course this…………

Beef and Guinness Pie courtesy of Food Crush

So my day has been spent very quietly… whizzing up any Shamrock Milkshake instead of a smoothie because the blender is very noisy, no baking the beautiful mint cheesecake because ditto for the noise factor and I didn’t want to disturb a dizzy mans slumbers. I might be the next one slapped by an angry leprechaun haha.

So I just went into the kitchen half an hour ago to start working at least on the Beef and Guinness Pie which I decided I would serve with Colcannon and green veggies (obviously!) When I opened up the fridge to get the two packages of stewing beef out I discovered to my utter dismay that the leprechaun had been into the fridge as well and had changed my beef to LAMB!!! Have you ever???? LUCK OF THE IRISH!!!

Its been too long obviously since I graced the inside of a grocery store. Instead of buying cubed beef I bought cubed lamb!!! *blush* Change of plans obviously. I am now contemplating the wine rack and put the guinness back in the pantry…….I have been out into the garden and picked some rosemary and mint….I am busy creating a recipe as I type this. This Irish lass is baking a home country lamb and mint pie to be sure! Of course hubby, who is now ravenously hungry,  is disappointed…he had prepared himself for his favorite beef and guinness pie HAHA! But he is lucky to be even getting this after the day I have had 🙂 And I reckon it is going to be a fabulous pie too! I shall report back on it.

We definitely wont be having this though……….it is going to have to be held over for another day

Photo and recipe over at Zoe Bakes

Now I am off, first to have a big thick GREEN Shamrock Milkshake with a healthy slug of this……

I wish you all Sláinte is táinte! or Health and Wealth!

PS if you want to go and show off tonight while celebrating this is how you would pronounce that slawn-chah iss tan-chah. You can thank me after you recover tomorrow! 🙂 

Where (and how) are you celebrating today?

browniegirl xx

12 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2012 6:22 PM

    Thanks for celebrating our patron saint’s day. Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Dublin, Ireland.

    • March 17, 2012 9:02 PM

      Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you Conor. Thank you so much for popping in and commenting. Hope you had an awesome day. So sorry about the rugby this evening 😦 xx

  2. March 17, 2012 6:59 PM

    Hope the hubs is doing better. You can still celebrate tomorrow. Everyday can be St. Patricks day!!

    • March 17, 2012 9:07 PM

      chefconnie he seems to be fine. Sitting watching the rugby now like nothing happened 🙂 You are right every day should be a celebration day! Thank you for popping in xx

  3. March 17, 2012 8:25 PM

    He’s so lucky to have a wonderful wife who can recognise the symptoms and get the right medication, without him having to leave his bed and wait at the doctors surgery on a Saturday morning!
    Hope the lamb stew was wonderful – I’m sure it was!

    • March 17, 2012 9:09 PM

      Thank you Kit! I happen to know all about it because i have had a few episodes of it in my life. Horrible!! But a fast recovery once on the medication. He is happily watching rugby now. The lamb stew was delicious 🙂 xx

  4. March 19, 2012 9:45 AM

    Poor Donald xxx

    • March 23, 2012 6:38 PM

      Hehe….nothing keeps him down for long Tandy. Thank you! xx

  5. March 19, 2012 2:19 PM

    Oh I want a slice (or two) of that mint cheesecake so bad!

    • March 23, 2012 6:44 PM

      I have to say it is very delicious……I have 3/4 of a large one left in my fridge right now…but it wont be for long hehe. Mine did not turn out in pretty stripes. My mixture was definitely sloppier than the one on the blog. So mine is pretty marbled but very delicious. I think I would be tempted to put chocolate in somewhere…more in the crust for sure and maybe divide the mixture into thirds with a melted dark chocolate in the one third….chocolate and mint to me are perfect marriage partners 🙂 xx

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