When I met Shay, I had no idea how much he loved St. Patrick’s Day. Although I’d heard that people did this, I did not know that we would become the people actually eating corned beef and cabbage every year and drinking green beer. Well.. I probably knew that we’d be drinking green beer, because Shay does like beer, but no idea on the corned beef and cabbage. Being that I’d really only had corned beef and cabbage maybe one other time in my life before I met him, I had no idea how I really felt about corned beef and cabbage either.. I came to find out that I don’t really like corned beef and I’m indifferent to cabbage. I mean, I like cabbage in cabbage rolls, and slaw, but by itself, especially boiled, cabbage is just kinda.. eww. But, my man loves it – at least on St. Patrick’s Day.
This was reiterated yet again this morning as he was on his way out the door.
Shay: Don’t forget to get food for this day (motioning to St. Patrick’s Day on the calendar)
Me: I won’t. We won’t be having anything big this year – it’s just us.
Shay: I know, but we can still have corned beef and cabbage.
Me: Actually.. I was thinking maybe we’d have Shepard’s Pie or a beef pie of some sort.
Shay: But… that’s not authentic.
Me: No, it is. I’ll tell you what, I’ll come up with a few options and you can choose. Whatever you choose, I’ll make.
Shay: Okay. Corned Beef and cabbage.
Me: But, I don’t really like corned beef and cabbage.
Shay: But, I really like corned beef and cabbage. And I want perogies.
Me: Perogies? Perogies are not Irish. They’re Polish.
Shay: No.. they share the perogy – it’s potatoes. Duh. And, I love perogies.
Me: I love perogies as well, but they are not Irish and I’m not making perogies with corned beef and cabbage. And, while we’re on the subject, I want a Celtic knot.
Shay: A Celtic knot? (that look of you are insane)
Me: Yep. To show your unending love for me in an Irish way. If you can demand corned beef and cabbage, then I can demand a Celtic knot.
Shay: Where can I get one of those? (with the look of you are not getting a Celtic knot)
Me: Don’t know, but you better get on it.. St. Patrick’s Day is on Monday. Oh, and while I’m thinking of it, I want Puff the Magic Dragon.
Shay: Puff the Magic Dragon is NOT Irish.
Me: You’re right, he’s Scottish. Thankfully for you it’s not Scottish Day. Good luck on your quest for a Celtic knot.
I’m all talk.. I’m researching corned beef and cabbage recipes as we speak. I’m still not on board with the perogies, although we quite possibly will be having them this weekend since I now have a mad craving for them.
This recipe for corned beef and cabbage, from the Pioneer Woman looks really yummy. I think we might go with that. What are you having for your St. Patrick’s Day feast? Any great alternatives to corned beef and cabbage to share? Please?