Luck of the Irish

This Wednesday is St. Patrick’s Day, that green-tinted day upon which all Americans have a bit of Irish blood in them no matter which continent their ancestors hailed from. Green beer will be poured out in copious quantities between now and then, but I propose a more civilized way to celebrate the occasion.

A shamrock tea party. The idea was inspired by a miniature tea set my grandmother gave me, hand-painted with shamrocks. While it always has a home in our china cabinet, this is the week that it moves to more prominent display. (Just for complete disclosure, I have not a drop of Irish blood, but my husband is a quarter Irish). And I started thinking that a tea would be an alternative to the pub crawls so popular around here.

Of course for tea, one would have to serve Irish Breakfast, prepared so strong that a mouse could trot on it, with a lot of cream and sugar. I think a combination of sweets and savories would be best. Some good Irish cheddar, perhaps, and Irish Soda Bread served with Kerry Gold butter. Scones of course would have their own place on the table, perhaps dusted with green sugar to add a festive note.

You can’t celebrate leprechauns and green without a bit of Irish music in the background. If Celtic music isn’t usually your thing, try some so-called Celtic Rock, like Gaelic Storm or Carbon Leaf. You also might try out some Great Big Sea. Trust me, it doesn’t mean you have to start kicking your legs like you’re in Riverdance. (Although try it, you might have fun).

However you spend the day, remember that in this country, it’s not much of a saint’s day, just an occasion to celebrate one of our many cultural ingredients in our melting pot.

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