Thursday, March 17, 2011
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
I am, and I promise it's not just underwear. (That old trick never works, btw.) Yes, I'm wearing green because I love St. Patrick’s Day!
Part of my love for it has to do with the food. Even though I don’t eat beef, I’ll still make cabbage, potatoes, and carrots with some chicken, and of course, the soda bread. Every year I debate whether or not to stir in some raisins (an American addition). The raisins usually win.
This year, I’ve been looking around today for a lower fat soda bread to replace my family one (which includes butter and eggs) and I saw a ton of varieties to try. There was even a vegan recipe for soda bread at www.lowfatvegancooking.com, TLC! On another site, I did find one that has no butter or eggs, but includes traditional buttermilk, so I may try that one tonight.
I know I write about food a lot. I think it’s because my dad is such an amazing cook. He showed his love for us through cooking and passed on his knowledge in small, non-judgmental doses. He let us follow recipes, innovate some our own, and always was there with a hint or two when you needed it. (Like, there's no need to add lemon juice to a red sauce.) I’m sure he’ll be making some soda bread tonight.
My interest in cooking really began when I was a teen, so it seemed natural to give the protagonist in my fall book, Wherever You Go, the same love. Throughout the book Holly makes things like meatballs, marinara, brownies, cupcakes, stew, lasagna, and baked chicken for her little sister and grandpa. Maybe I’ll need to have a recipe page on my website when the book comes out in November.
So, are you cooking Irish food or going out for something yummy to celebrate the wearing o’ the green tonight? I would love to hear what’s on the menu for your St. Paddy’s celebration.
Enjoy the day!
Wherever You Go - Harcourt - November 2011
The Clearing - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Never Cry Werewolf - HarperTeen