Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day

As everyone is German in Oktober, so everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day. There is not an Irish bone in my mostly German body, but I cannot think of a March 17th going by without feasting on corned beef and cabbage and finishing off with an Irish coffee.

A green tablecloth, a pot of shamrocks and my wee lepruchan make for a festive St. Patrick's table. We named him Collin and he has an impish face and we hope someday, he may lead us to the end of the rainbow.
There is only one thing to feast on on St. Patrick's Day -- corned beef, cabbage and root vegetables (potatoes, turnips and carrots)
Instead of boiling the corned beef, cabbage and potatoes, this year I roasted everything. I wrapped the corned beef in foil and slowly cooked in a 250 oven for most of the day. It was so tender and good. The vegetables I tossed with olive oil, salt and peppered and cooked in a 400 degree oven until they were still firm and a bit caramelized.
Collin watches over our feast served on green plates with a yellow pitcher of drippings from the corned beef and a bowl of horseradish sauce. Beer, of course, is the beverage of choice.
For dessert, Irish coffee -- hot fresh coffee, sweetened with a sugar cube, with a tot of Irish whiskey and a big dollop of whipped cream. A wonderful way to end a St. Patrick's meal.

May you have warm words on a cold evening,
a full moon on a dark night,
and the road downhill all the way to your door.

Happy St. Patrick's Day


Nancy Yoakum said...

As usual Martha your recipe sounds fantastic. Can't wait to try cooking it that way...those are two of my favorite methods...slow cooking and roasting! I'm ashamed to say I've never had a turnip in my life, but that is going to change! Thanks for sharing another great recipe!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Martha. And a grand post it was.

The Norwegian said...

You make everything seem easy! LOVE roasting the corned beef and veggies. We just returned from Savannah, Georgia where there is a fabulous celebration of St. Pat's Day - and yes, everyone is Irish!

pve design said...

Our dinner looked quite the same...
Thanks for the wee wishes today!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Your slow-roasted corned beef sounds wonderful, Martha, and your Collin is a wee cutie :)