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Tea & Scones
March 17th is a grand day and what better way to start the day than with a traditional irish breakfast of a plate of hot homemade scones and a cup of irish tea? In this case, the tea is a bouquet of fresh “green tea” roses. However, the scones are piping hot and ready to eat.
Here’s a traditional raisin scone recipe that you might want to try. Let me know how they turn out!
Traditional Irish Raisin Scone Recipe
1 lb. flour
¼ pint of buttermilk
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 tablespoons of sugar
2 oz of Irish butter
Sift the flour, baking soda and powder into a bowl. Rub in butter. Add in the sugar and raisins. Stir with a wooden spoon. Make a well in the mix and work in the buttermilk. Turn on to a floured board and knead briefly. With a wooden rolling pin, roll out the mixture till it is one inch thick. Use a cookie cutter, or an upside-down plastic tumbler, to cut out the scones from the dough. Glaze with a beaten egg. Bake in a hot oven (425°F) for 15 minutes.
Tricolour – The National Flag of Ireland
I’m embarrassed to admit that I never knew the meaning and lasting relevance of the Irish flag. I’ve held it high on many occasions without even knowing what the three colors represented. In case there are any others of you like me, let me take this opportunity to share my newfound knowledge, as well as, my floral tribute to this piece of Irish hope and pride.
The three equal stripes illustrate the Irish political landscape, as accurately today as in 1848, the year the flag was first unfurled.
- Orange — standing for Irish Protestants
- Green — signifying Irish Catholics and the republican cause
- White — representing the hope for peace between them
The Wearin’ of the Green!
Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day as early as the 17th century. Keep the tradition alive by having green carnations available for your guests to pin on when they arrive at your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Fill an interesting and appropriately themed container, such as the old Bailey’s tin that I used here, with green carnations that are cut short and ready to be adorned with a ribbon or pinned on a lapel. The carnations I’ve used are a natural green variety called Prado. It is one of my favorite flowers, because of its beautiful pale green color and its availability year round.
If you really want to impress your special Irish lad or lass, look into their eyes as you pin on their carnation and say “Tá tú go h-álainn” (You’re beautiful).
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling!
Your guest’s eyes will surely smile when you serve them a pretty green cocktail in one of these beautiful Waterford goblets available by the pair at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. This cocktail is called Irish Eyes and is similar to the vodka based White Russian. Crème de menthe adds just a hint of mint and gives the finished drink its light green color. A few of these and you’ll all be singing “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and no one will care what key it is in!
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IRISH EYES COCKTAIL RECIPE
- 1 oz Irish Whisky
- ¼ oz crème de menthe
- 2 oz cream
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake well.
- Pour into glass