I'm cooking my corned beef and cabbage a day early. I'm going to be busy baking cakes for Church tomorrow, so I thought we'd have our "Irish" meal today. I am part Irish (I know everyone is on St. Paddy's Day) We have Irish on my Dad's side of the family, so I celebrate this holiday each year. I remember one year, when I was room mother for my son's class, and I made shamrock cookies for their St. Paddy's party. As we passed them out...one kid said, "These aren't shamrocks...they are 4 leaf clovers." It wasn't until then that I realized that shamrocks had only 3 leaves. I learned something from that little kid. I used to make cutout cookies for all the holidays back then. Easter always brought the cutest bunnies, ducklings, chicks and eggs.
Well, today we will have our "Irish" meal. Corned beef...I'm very fussy about my corned beef. I always buy a flat piece and will sometimes spend a half hour looking through all of them to find the best one. Sometimes I go to a couple of stores to find this piece. I like a layer of fat on the top and not much through the meat. This makes for nice slices for Reuben sandwiches the next day. I cook the meat with seasonings for a couple of hours and then start adding the vegetables. Carrots...just the right size, cabbage cut in 8ths, onion cut in 4ths, and small red potatoes. I fix the potatoes by washing them and cutting a strip of the peel off around the potato. These things all cook together until they are tender. Then I take the meat out and put it on the same platter every year arranging the vegetables around and then I put a pat of butter on the carrots, cabbage, and potatoes. When I was a girl, we called this dinner...boiled dinner. I asked for it every year for my birthday along with a lemon meringue pie or a maraschino cherry cake.
The corned beef is cooking on the stove and the vegetables are scrubbed and ready to go. The weather today is supposed to be in the 60's. Spring is finally on the way. I heard a 70 might be in store for us next week. I can't wait....
Oops...I forgot...I add a can of beer to the cooking liquid, not really necessary, but it tastes better I think :)