The weather was rather unusual this St. Patty’s day. I don’t ever recall wearing shorts and basking in sunlight in mid March. I’m super torn about this strange weather pattern we are having. On one hand, I love that the sun is shining and that the wind isn’t a bitter cold so that I can actually enjoy the sun, but on the other hand, I can’t help but think this is just the calm before the storm and that 80 degrees in March is wrong.
I do try my part to live some-what sustainably. I drive a hybrid, I recycle and reuse, I eat sustainably and locally as much as I can, and I’m always unplugging things around the house. I also support great events like the Good Food Festival & Conference that was held in Chicago this last Thurs. through Sat. I mainly attended the Finance Conference and lectures on Thurs. as that’s where most of my interests are and my work the past year has been in, but the fun part was at the trade show and Localicious night. There are so many inventive chefs and food businesses out there making a difference and making delicious sustainable food. Check out what happened last week (from a butchering demonstration to a bus tour of urban farming in Chicago) and I hope to see you there next year!
Now to the St. Patty’s Day celebration. Although I am of Asian decent and heritage my husband has red hair and freckles. We’re not 100% sure where his genes are from (he’s a super mutt), but there’s a high probability that he has some Irish in him. So to celebrate this year, he drank himself silly at a bachelor party and came home to homemade Irish soda bread and corned beef and cabbage. It’s not very inventive or extraordinary, but we really only eat this kind of meal once every year. He on the other hand, will occasionally drink himself silly more than once a year.
This meal could not have been simpler! I picked up an already marinated/pickled piece of corned beef, organic cabbage carrots and an onion from Whole Foods, shoved it all into my crock pot with 3 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoon of brown sugar, 3 garlic cloves minced, and a bay leaf, and then I left it to cook for about 6 hours on high. The soda bread is also a cinch to make and is buttery and delicious (as it was last year), but this year I didn’t have enough all-purpose flour (and didn’t think to purchase some while I was out). So, I subbed in whole wheat flour instead, which made it a bit dry and definitely not as tasty. I did not make any other adjustments to the recipe from Martha Stewart after I subbed in wheat flour, so that could have been my flaw. It seemed like there needed to be a bit more moisture in the bread.
Lessons learned this St. Patty’s day weekend, “green” up your home every day and hope that our seasons will come back, and make sure to look up adjustments that need to be made to recipes if you substitute ingredients (especially when baking).
PS. Happy B-Day to my big Sis! It’s tough having a birthday on a holiday!