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!