Today I'm sharing a menu for St. Patrick's Day, inspired by my first blog post. I can't believe I've been posting menu and table ideas for a whole year. When I started, I had just learned to cook as a quarantine hobby. I was setting the table with the "good" stuff and coming up with fun menu ideas. The first dinner I posted was for St. Patrick's Day. I had no idea what I was doing. I didn't even photograph all of the food! I've learned so much about photography and cooking. I still have a lot to learn, but I'm proud of how far I've come. Thank you to everyone for reading my posts and supporting me!
Read my first post HERE.
Last year I made Ina Garten's Guinness brown bread as a starter. I had some currants I wanted to use up, so I instead opted for Irish soda bread. This is a quick bread, so no kneading required. The orange zest pairs perfectly with the currants. I had a hard time keeping my family from eating this before I photographed it - HA! You need to heavily flour the board and your hands before you dump the dough out - it's sticky. Serve with your favorite salted butter, I prefer Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter.
Get the Recipe: Barefoot Contessa Irish Soda Bread
Stewed lentils and tomatoes are a hearty and satisfying entree. I ended up adding an extra cup of chicken stock to reach a thinner consistency. Mild curry powder takes the flavor profile over the top.
Get the Recipe: Barefoot Contessa Stewed Lentils and Tomatoes
For dessert, serve Baileys Irish Cream Milkshakes. I love chocolate milkshakes, and these boozy options are a fun twist on a classic. I opted for the lazy option and used store bought whipped cream, but homemade would definitely be better.
Baileys Irish Cream Milkshakes
2 cups vanilla ice cream
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1/4 cup whole milk
3 ounces Baileys Irish Cream
Green sprinkles, for garnish
In a blender, combine the ice cream, chocolate syrup, whole milk, and Baileys. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles.
Get the Look:
I'm trying to get more creative with my floral arrangements. For this green and white arrangement, I used white and green hydrangeas, white spray roses, and white aster. I picked everything up from Trader Joe's and love how it turned out. If you have any tips on floral arranging, I'd love to hear!
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