There will be no carousing and carrying on for Paul and I - I have a hectic week at work and with our getting up at 4:45 so Paul can get to work our late nights are limited during the week! We had our nice dinner with mom yesterday.
It almost didn't get made . . . because of these. . .
Adult Shamrock Shakes. I made them for lunch and they were very 'adult' - to the point that we wanted to do nothing but sleep all afternoon!
We managed to pull it together though and got dinner ready.
This is the first St Patrick's Day in years that we didn't have our martinis outside on the terrace. Rather than don ice skates and skate across the ice to the table we elected to stay inside and sip spiced pear martinis in front of the fireplace.
While I was enjoying my martini Paul was getting the salad ready. This was a complicated salad - baby arugula, boston lettuce, roasted beets, roasted hazelnuts, crispy pancetta, roasted butternut squash ribbons, goat cheese, and an apple cider vinaigrette. It was easily the most complex salad he had ever made but I think it was one of the best!
For the main course we had the usual - glazed corned beef, roasted carrots, colcannon pie, and mom's famous Irish soda bread.
For our St Patrick's Day dessert we usually have something traditionally Irish. This year I decided we needed something fresh and spring-like instead. I made a two-layer key lime pie. It was green so I guess it was ok for the theme. :-)