Wednesday, March 14, 2018

WITH ME SHILLELAGH UNDER ME ARM AND A TWINKLE IN ME EYE...






Molly Malone's Statue








*****   As you can see below, some familiar refrains and song titles have been used in the telling of my tale.



The Wild Rover, Danny Boy and I’ll be off to Tipperary in the morning.  We’ve got a gallon of Whiskey in the Jar to help us on our way. 

We’re going via Ragland Road, The Rocky Road to Dublin, The Town I Loved So Well.  
Following in Finnegan’s Wake ,we’ll stroll through the Foggy Foggy Dew.  By the way, we had a grand time at Finnegan’s Ball.

After we cross The Fields of Athenry Molly Malone, The Star of County Down, will be joining us. 

It’s clear Molly has stolen The Irish Rover Danny’s heart. 

They first met one pleasant evening in the month of May in Oranmore, in the County of Galway.   She wore no jewels, nor costly diamonds; no paint or powder... no, none at all.  But she wore a bonnet with a ribbon on it, and around her shoulder was a Galway Shawl. 

Having The Luck of the Irish, over a bowl of Cockles and Mussels, the pretty colleen caught Danny’s eye.

Danny and Molly planned to meet the following day at a carnival in Galway Bay, but as She Moved Through the Fair he lost sight of her amongst the madding crowd.   

The lyrics of the Bard of Armagh flooded his mind as he searched high and low. He thought he’d never see her again.  At that moment he believed Ireland was simultaneously an Isle of Hope...An Isle of Tears. 

Knowing he had to leave for Dear Old Donegal in the evening, heartbroken, Danny Boy couldn’t linger long.   Aware Molly was headed for Tipperary early the next morning it felt like the Final Curtain was being drawn across his heart. 

As he stood on Fiddler’s Green, the sound of The Galway Piper playing in the background brought tears to his eyes. 

From Donegal It’s a Long Way to Tipperary down Where the River Shannon Flows. 

However, fate, with the help of the Boys from County Armagh, had taken a turn for the better.

The lads had organised a conference to be held in the south. Danny knew Limerick Is Beautiful (But Galway Is Better).  

En route, while standing on the Cliffs of Dooneen, thinking of his sweet Molly, The Rose of Tralee, he heard someone approaching him from behind...

“How Are Things In Glocca Morra?” 

His heart leapt when he recognised the voice of his Brown-Eyed Girl. 

Donegal Danny was overcome with joy.

Taking her in his arms, Danny said, “My Wild Irish Rose!  We’ll be Sweethearts in the Spring – and forever thereafter.”

Magically, a rainbow suddenly appeared in the sky.  A golden glow hovered on the horizon. 

Danny spotted a little bearded man, dressed in green and wearing a top hat mischievously dancing in the field of four-leaf clover. 

“Three wishes!  Three wishes! I’ll grant you three wishes!”  The leprechaun joyously sang.

“Thank you! Thank you very much, but I don’t need them!” Danny replied, his heart brimming with happiness and love.

Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral .Too-ra-loo-ra-li, my friends. That’s an Irish Lullaby for St. Patrick’s Day, which is this Saturday.

Hold on there a moment! As promised... I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen.

Shamrock Eggs: Slice a large green capsicum into thick slices; remove core. Melt butter/olive oil in pan; add slices; crack an egg into centres; cook approx 1min. Flip; cook to desired consistency. Sprinkle Parmesan on top.

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts: In pan, heat 1tbs bacon fat or butter over med-high heat; add 4 diced, thick-cut bacon strips; cook 5mins. Add 1 diced onion. When bacon starts to get crispy and onion, deep golden, remove to paper towel-lined plate, leaving fat in skillet. Trim and halve 700g Brussels sprouts; lay sprouts cut side down in pan; reduce heat to medium; cover. Cook 5-8mins before stirring. Add bacon-onions to pan; stir; cook until sprouts are fork-tender, but not too soft; season. Drizzle over 2tbs balsamic glaze; serve hot.

Green Meatballs & Pasta: Combine 2c finely chopped basil, 1/2c finely chopped parsley and 1/2c finely chopped chives. Soak 1 bread slice with 1/3-4c milk, 5 mins; remove; lightly squeeze out milk. Break bread up into a bowl; combine with 240g beef, pork or lamb mince, 1 cup of the herbs, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Work mixture with your hands until well-combined; add a little milk, if necessary, to help bind ingredients into a slightly sticky consistency. Shape into 1-inch meatballs. Cook 450g spaghetti (or pasta of choice) until al dente; drain; reserve 1c of pasta cooking water.  Heat 2tbs olive oil in pan over med-heat; cook meatballs until brown on all sides; remove to plate; reserve pan drippings. In small processor, puree the rest of the herbs with 4tbs olive oil, 1 garlic clove and 1/4c water; season.  Put pasta into meatballs’ pan along with a splash of the pasta water; add herb sauce; toss well over low heat; add more pasta water if needed. Divide among bowls; top with meatballs and grated Parmesan.

Nutty Irishman: Pour hot, strong coffee into 2 mugs; add 30ml each Baileys Irish Cream and Frangelico liqueurs to mugs; put dollop of whipped cream on top; sprinkle with nutmeg.  





36 comments:

  1. I was quite proud of myself because co-incidentally I am wearing green. And then I realised you are ahead of yourself...

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    1. Yes, 'tis true, EC, I am a couple of days ahead of the event....as I wrote...St. Paddy's Day is Saturday! lol But you are allowed to wear green any day it pleases you to do so.

      Presently, I'm wearing black...and I'll have to see if I have anything green for Saturday. If not, I might have to go outside and roll around in the grass!

      Thanks for coming by. :)

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  2. Well done Lee, I did so much enjoy reading :)
    Have a lovely St. Patrick's Day when it comes around.

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    1. Hey, Margaret...all written with fun in mind.

      I'm going to make myself a thick Irish Stew on Saturday...I think it's due!

      Thanks for coming by. I hope luck finds you on Saturda. :)

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  3. Danny Boy wins again :)
    But I wouldn't have knocked back three wishes.

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  4. Irish Stew wouldn't go well here on Saturday, we're expecting 35C

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    1. Hey River....Well, Danny Boy had all his wishes come true...Molly Malone was back in his arms. :)

      Hopefully, our hot weather has gone for this year. Thankfully, over the past few weeks we've been enjoying wonderful temperatures. As soon as I bought a new pedestal fan the heat left. I'd not used a fan for years as my old one is old and I feared if I plugged it in, it would blow the place to smithereens!

      I've only had my new one running once...and that was the day it was delivered. I assembled it. I switched it on to see that it worked...and then immediately switched it off again because from the day I placed the order, the temperatures dropped!!! lol

      I'm better than the Bureau of Meteorology!!

      Thanks for coming by. :)

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  5. Ah, Saturday. Green beer day and drunken Irish in the streets. Using a capsicum as a tasty egg ring is clever. Pity I capsicum doesn't agree with me.

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    1. Ahhh..there are drunks in the streets every day and not all are Irish, Andrew! :)

      It's a pity capsicum don't agree with you...they're such a great source of Vitamin C.

      Thanks for coming by...I hope you kick up your heels and do an Irish Jig on Saturday! Get yourself a bottle of Tullamore Dew...you're due for it! :)

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  6. Lovely. It probably happened too. Many years ago.

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    1. Hey there, Terry. Yes...it probably did. Love and happiness...there should be more of it.

      Thanks for coming by. I hope all is well with you. :)

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  7. I remember years ago I was in San Francisco on St Patrick's Day and two guys in tuxedos were driving around in a limo downtown passing out green dyed carnations to every woman that passed by. It was a real party on the streets, might have even been a parade, don't recall that. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you.

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    1. St. Patrick's Day can be a lot of fun, celebrated and enjoyed with the right company, Linda...harmless fun. ")

      Thanks for coming by. :)

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  8. It will be St Patricks day in a couple of days over here....but Happy St Patricks Day to you. Nice use of the song titles.

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    1. Hi Delores, it is Friday here as I write...and Saturday is St. Patrick's Day as it is up your way.

      I've got a pot of Irish stew simmering on the stove. The flavours will be well imbibed by tomorrow. I'll let it sit in the fridge overnight...and I look forward to enjoying it tomorrow...Saturday.

      Thanks for coming by. Happy St. Paddy's Day to you, too. :)

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  9. Happy St. Pat's day to you!

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    1. And to you, Sandie...thanks for coming by. Have a good weekend. :)

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  10. And a jolly fine St Pats day to all. Which the followers of frivolity know only too well bring some nasty headaches for Sunday confession(If you are of that calling). I am considering the possibilities of a post with a Pats day theme.

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  11. If you ask an English person When is St Georges day or a Scot St Andrews Day also a Welsh person St Davids day, Most wouldn't have a clue. For the uninformed in this order St David 1/3. St George 23/4. and St Andrew 30/11.

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    1. A double "Hi" to you, Vest.

      I am not a religious person. However, as children my brother and I attended Sunday School every Sunday morning. We went to Gympie's Scots Church...we were raised Presbyterian. I gave up going to church in my early teens or late tweens.

      On my paternal side I am second generation Irish (Scottish and Irish on my maternal side as written about in a previous post a couple of weeks ago).

      Our paternal side was Irish Catholics. Our grandparents came to Australia in the early 1900s. They came from the town of Armagh, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. Our father, who played no role in our childhood and beyond was born here after his parents, our grandparents, settled in Rockhampton in central Queensland.

      Thanks for coming by. :)

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  12. Lots of work went into this tale. Well done:)
    Those shamrock eggs look delicious and are holiday-perfect.

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    1. Hey there, Sandra...It was a fun post to write...I was in my element!

      Thanks for popping in. :)

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  13. I find it very interesting, even intriguing, how a religious day marking the death of St. Patrick, (the patron saint of Ireland) evolved into a celebration of Irish culture across the world, and of the green color.
    By the way, green used to be my favorite color in my younger days.

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    1. The Irish have a great sense of humour, DUTA...that could be one reason. :)

      The day celebrates both the death of St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity to Ireland. And, in general, is in celebration of the Irish culture.

      Any excuse to party is excuse enough, I guess. :)

      Thanks for coming by. :)





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  14. So far as I am aware I have no Irish connections at all but have Welsh, Scots, French and English and many other antecedents. However I never forget St Patrick's Day because it was the birthday of my worshipped maternal uncle.

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    1. G'day Graham...nice to see you. It's nice to have had beloved uncles. Our mother's brother who was a couple of years younger than her was my late brother Graham's and my favourite uncle. Uncle Dudley and Graham, in particular, got on very well. He was kind of a father figure to Graham. Our father didn't play a role in our life so Uncle Dudley was a male figure Graham looked up to.l

      Thanks for coming by....take good care. :)

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  15. Oh Lee, what a fantastic post ... really enjoyed it, thank you.
    Those shamrock eggs look very delicious.

    Have a lovely weekend, my good wishes.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hey there, Jan...It's all a bit of lighthearted fun. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I enjoyed writing it. St. Paddy's Day is meant to be a happy day! :)

      You, too, have a great weekend...thanks for coming by. :)

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  16. Oh, what happened to colleen?
    Of course, St Pat is the patron saint of engineers, of which I am one. At school we would have much beer and frivolity on the green day and have beard and shillelagh contests (try spelling that three times). All the snakes were gone,next mornin.

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    1. Hey, Goatman! The "pretty colleen" was, of course, as I am sure you are aware, Molly Malone. "Colleen" is also the generic term for an Irish girl or woman....aka "cailin".

      St. Paddy's Day should be a day of frivolity...there's not enough of it around!

      Whale oil beef hooked! Try saying that fast...three times!!! ;)

      Thanks for coming by...'tis always a pleasure seeing you. :)

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  17. I hope you had some of those good treats for St. Patrick's Day - I had corned beef and cabbage at the pastor's house.

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    1. Hey, Lynn...I made myself an Irish Stew and feasted on that for two days. It was delicious, and fortunately the muggy weather that returned here today wasn't around on the weekend. The temp was lower and there was very little humidity.

      Your corned beef and cabbage would have been delicious, too. I love both. :)

      Thanks for coming by. :)

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  18. I'll be right over to kick my feet up, chat and have a Nutty Irishman:)

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