Thursday, March 18, 2021

Another Pandemic St. Paddy's Day!

It's hard to believe we're a year into the pandemic and spending ANOTHER St. Patrick's Day at home. Most years, I'm sitting on a patio drinking green beer, attending the city's St. Pat's parade, or doing a pub run with friends. And while parades and pub runs are still canceled in Memphis, I guess I could have had a beer on a patio. But yesterday was stormy with tornado weather (nothing touched down in Memphis, thankfully), so it was kind of a yucky day for a patio. And I'm only half-vaccinated, so indoor bars aren't something I'm wild about just yet.

So it was another St. Pat's at home! I started my morning with a 4.5-mile run to my Irish punk playlist and had some Irish coffee with Bailey's Almande (the vegan one!) and Jameson. Nothing beats whiskey on a Wednesday morning!

I also had a post-run Banana Walnut Green Smoothie with spinach, protein powder, and wheatgrass. Yay for getting in your greens!

I stocked up on all the necessary St. Pat's booze, so after work, I made an Irish Slammer (half a Guinness with a shot glass filled with half Jameson/half Bailey's). Good stuff! I know it's not a traditional Irish drink but rather some American thing, but they're so tasty. And yes, Guinness is vegan now!! 

Then I got to work on Irish Stew with Potato Biscuits from The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook. This stew has a base of Guinness and veggie-mushroom broth, plus kidney beans, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and onions. The biscuits are made with mashed potatoes and flour and you just drop them on top and bake in a casserole dish. Such a hearty meal!

Here's hoping that next year, we will see a return of pub runs and parades!


Hillary said...

I love that you're still celebrating all the holidays with fun meals and drinks!! That stew looks incredible!!

Unknown said...

oops...... is Guinness vegan? I thought they stored their beer in casks with anchovy oil?

Anonymous said...

Yes, Guinness is vegan!

Bianca said...

Guinness is vegan now! They didn't used to be, but they changed to a vegan recipe a few years ago due to demand! So now I'll gladly support them!

Barb said...

Love the name "Irish Slammer"! I've only ever heard that called the other, culturally-insensitive name. If I'm ever crazy enough to order one again, now I'll know what to call it ;)

Jenny said...

You always know how to celebrate a holiday! Even during a pandemic. Love all the festive foods and drinks!