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Green is Cool and Hip and Perfectly WONDERFUL! Hats off to St Patrick's Day or ANY Day!
I love eating green things.. veggies mainly of course, unless you have seen a green cow walking around that gives off some green milk. Have you? No you say? Humm imagine that!
I love inventing and changing recipes to suit me so I am going o list of few of our green vegetable friends first and then lets see what we.. Wait WE? I mean "I" can do with them. My mother in law was watching me make cookies once and noticed I don't really measure all that much. I cook like I paint .. I am an artist... I do it by feeling. With vegetables it is pretty hard to mess up...unlike cookies, which did in fact turn out as they always do.. lol.
This is NOT going to be in alphabetical order, I am just going to list them off the top of my head according through my own personal numminess filter. Well wait.. yes on second thought it will be in alphabetical order but still according to numminess cause I adore veggies and II confess to LOVING the taste of green.
Saint Patrick's Day is gonna be grand!!
btw, one of the zillion reasons to eat green? As we all know it is very healthy!
Baby Bok Choy
Dried Green Peas
OK.. that is a pretty good list in my mind, so on to some recipe creations. How fun this is going to be1 Hey where is my St Patrick's Hat? I need a hat to cook with. Well more of dressing up later.. smile.
Cooking Green Vegetables
Ahhh the LUCK of the IRISH
#1 TURN ON THE MUSIC YouTube.. lets get this party started with a fun little drinkin' song!
A Biologist's St. Patrick's Day Song SO DARLING
THIS SONG IS SOOO FUN.. LET IT PLAY ~ YOU ARE GONNA LOVE IT!
Take a GREEN VEGGIE poll?
Do you like GREEN VEGGIES?
"The Gardener" 5x7 watercolor sketch by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
St Patrick's Day Sayings, Toasts and Quotes on the FUN side
There are many good reasons for drinking,
One has just entered my head.
If a man doesn't drink when he's living,
How in the hell can he drink when he's dead?
An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth.
Charles M. Madigan
St. Patrick -- one of the few saints whose feast day presents the opportunity to get determinedly whacked and make a fool of oneself all under the guise of acting Irish.
St. Patrick's Day Toast
Here’s to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one
A pretty girl and an honest one
A cold beer – and another one!
It is better to spend money like there's no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there's no money!
May you die in bed at ninety-five years, shot by a jealous husband (or wife).
There are only two kinds of people in the world, The Irish and those who wish they were.
If you hold a four-leaf shamrock in your left hand at dawn on St. Patrick's Day you get what you want very much but haven't wished for. ~Patricia Lynch
With the frost he kindled fire;
Drove the snakes from brake and brier,
Hurling out the writhing brood
With the lightning of his rood.
There's ne'er a mile in Ireland's Isle where the dirty vermin musters;
Where'er he put his dear forefoot he murdered them in clusters.
The toads went hop, the frogs went flop, slapdash into the water,
And the beasts committed suicide to save themselves from slaughter.
~Old Irish Song
When after the Winter alarmin',
The Spring steps in so charmin',
So fresh and arch
In the middle of March,
Wid her hand St. Patrick's arm on...
~Alfred Percival Graves
The list of Irish saints is past counting; but in it all no other figure is so human, friendly, and lovable as St. Patrick - who was an Irishman only by adoption. ~Stephen Gwynn
Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter
Lullabies, dreams, and love ever after.
Poems and songs with pipes and drums
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes.
An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth. ~Irish Saying
Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers. ~Author Unknown
Care for some delicious pasta?
For all pasta I like to replace regular pasta with quinoa pasta.. much healthier! It tastes no different, you kids will never know. Yup you will probably have to go to a health food store for it.
Prep Time: 10
Total Time: 20
- 1 pound quinoa pasta
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1 cup mushrooms sliced
- 1 cup zucchini sliced
- 1 cup snow peas
- 2 tablespoons good quality pesto (or make it yourself)
- Parmesan cheese
- 2 -3 tablespoons olive oil or butter
- Cook pasta until al dente as you stir fry the rest of the ingredients in olive oil (better for you) or butter.. your choice but do use "real" butter. First stir fry the mushrooms and snow peas till ever so slightly limp, remove from heat, then stir fly the rest. Next toss all veggies together with the pesto. Lastly, toss all with the cooked pasta and top with grated Parmesan cheese.
- NOTE I altered this recipe but the original recipe can be found at: http://atouchofpaprika.blogspot.com/2011/05/grun-grun-grun-ist-alles-was-ich-hab.html
Asparagus and Mushroom Quiche Anyone?
Prep Time: 20
Total Time: 45
Green Asparagus and Mushroom Quiche
- 1 ready prepared pie crust (or make your own but allow for more time of course)
- 1 1/2 pound asparagus trimmed and cut in 1/2 inch pieces.
- 1 med chopped onion
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1/2 cup sliced into small bite size pieces portebella mushrooms
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 "free range" chicken egges lightly beaten
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/8 cup fresh sliced basil (or 1/4 tsp dry)
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano (or 1/4 tsp dry)
- Bake pie crust according to directions. In a large skillet, saute the asparagus, onion and mushrooms in butter until asparagus is crisp-tender. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; stir in asparagus mixture. Pour into crust. Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted near the edge comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting.
- The original recipe that I adjusted to my own sense of numminess can be found at: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Mushroom-Asparagus-Quiche
Split Peas Soup... sooo EASY and sooo HEALTHY
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 1- 1 1/2 hour
EASY Split Pea Soup
- 1/2 onion
- 4 medium carrots
- 6 - 10 cups vegetable broth or just plain water Start with 6 and add to as it cooks down
- 4 diced garlic cloves. (I LOVE garlic
- add less if you don't)
- 1 bag split peas (approx 12 oz
- Optional ham hock or ham bone
- 2 tbls fresh tarrogon if you have it.. if not then don't let that stop you
- make it w/o it.
- Put it all in a pot, bring to a boil and simmer about an hour or so.. could be a tad longer. Stir and check on it occasionally. This is cheap and so darn simple.. and of course good for you. serve with cornbread and salad.
Lovely green char
Swiss Char and Garlic.. so simple
Yikes.. "Swiss?" Well think if it a Irish.. lol
Prep Time: 10
Total Time: 15-18 min
- 6 Swiss Char leaves shop in 2 inch lengths keeping stems to the side
- Garlic to taste.. I use about 4 diced but I am a HUGE fan
- use less is you want.
- 1 tablespoon and 1 tsp. tablespoon olive oil
- Lemon juice to taste .. about 2 tsp (optional)
- Several sprigs
- loosly chop fresh tarragon leaves
- toasted pinenuts or some other seed or nut of choice
- In frying pan saute in 1 tsp olive oil 1/8 cup pine nuts or other nuts of choice stirring constantly till lightly browned, and put to the side. Saute garlic in same pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil till tender. Add stems of char and saute till tender. Add char leaves that have been rinsed in water and are still wet. Toss then cover pan with with lid at med heat for appox 5 min. Top with nuts and serve.
Danny Boy and I Dream of Jeanie
Joan Baez ~not Irish but she sings a mean Danny Boy
This is he album that has the song on it as well as just the 2 song medley.
In honor of GREEN and the IRISH
The Most Important Thing? THANK YOU for stopping by
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