Monday, March 17, 2014

Serpent Potatoes and Irish Coffee

So it's St. Patrick's Day...and I suppose I should be wearing my green cardigan but I always figured that since I have green eyes I don't really have to do anything special. I am part Irish and so is my dear spouse and we have an Irish last name but...still. It's Monday. It's the luck of the part-Irish that I woke up on time and found the coffee, really. And that makes me think of Irish Coffee. We'll be getting to that in just a minute.

I found some things from the Milwaukee Sentinel in March 1915 that might interest you, though. They tell you everything you need to do to have a creditable St. Patrick's Day luncheon - not a lunch, mind you, but a luncheon. I got tired just reading about it.

You'll need a  centerpiece that's a harp. Ideally not a real, full size one, because your table will fall down. It must be surrounded by "small shamrock plants in potato cases." Yeah, okay. That'll only take a couple of hours. Then make place cards shaped like little green hats.  And you'll have to find those bonbon dishes you have in the shape of pigs (you do have those, right?).

After you get all that going you have to dye your grapefruit a bright emerald and whip up some stuff like Cabbage Souffle (best not to ask about that) and Irish Dessert (it's green and jellied and there's parsley involved and that's all I'm saying about that). And then there's the very festive Serpent Potatoes, in honor of the serpents that St. Patrick drove out of Ireland. Yeah, how about that? Do you have the time and inclination to mold "snakelike shaped" out of hot mashed potatoes, then bake them and put them on a bed of lettuce? Yeah, me neither.

Let's get back to that Irish Coffee instead.. Irish Coffee was invented in the 1940s by an Irish chef named Joe Sheridan who worked at Shannon airport and served coffee laced with whiskey to a bunch of Americans who just got off the plane, because it was really cold and rainy there.

That was very nice of Joe Sheridan. I don't believe I've ever had a special weather-inspired drink made for me just because I got off a plane, have you?

Anyway, as you know, Irish Coffee is super easy to make. Add some whiskey to hot coffee - anywhere from a splash to a snort - and add some whipped cream on top. And milk and sugar, too, if you like. I don't mind.

If you don't care whether you're making the classic Irish Coffee, go crazy and add some brandy, or Kahlua or Bailey's Irish Cream instead.

As for me, I'm making vegetarian shepherd's pie for dinner. And  I am not dyeing the soy crumbles green. And the mashed potatoes, you can be sure, will not resemble serpents.



Ann Kennedy said...

Of all the vintage recipes I've read, I'd say that Serpent Potatoes are about to top the list of "Least Appealing"! Not to mention that potatoes in any form that are green just doesn't cut it!

Top of the morning to you! Great post to read on a first visit to your blog.

Lidian C said...

Thanks for visiting, Ann! I agree, this is not something I would ever want to see happen to perfectly good mashed potatoes ;)