Happy St. Patrick’s Day

ABOUT SAINT PATRICK Did you know that Saint Patrick was not Irish. St. Patrick was a native of Roman Britain. At the age of 16 he was captured by Irish raiders and sold into bondage to tend sheep and swine, for a chief named Milchu, who lived on the slopes of Slemish mountain in Antrim. St. Patrick was in bondage for 6 years and during this time his thoughts turned to God and prayer.
St Patrick escaped from his captors and returned to Britain. But, he began to have visions of a man from Ireland holding letters and how he also heard the voices of the Irish imploring him to return. St. Patrick’s mission spanned some thirty years, his mission was deemed successful for he converted the Irish to Christianity without the shedding of martyrs’ blood. The date and place of his death is not certain: tradition has it that he died at Saul, near Downpatrick, Co, Down, on the 17th of March. St. Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the mystery of the Holy Trinity.
Saint Patrick is most known for driving the snakes from Ireland. “It is true there are no snakes in Ireland, but there probably never have been – the island was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age. As in many old pagan religions, serpent symbols were common and often worshipped. Driving the snakes from Ireland was probably symbolic of putting an end to that pagan practice.” St. Patrick was not the first to convert the Irish to Christianity, but he is credited for converting thousands.   Éirinn go brách,mb

Doggy Bag it

Dining out is relaxing. What a pleasure  not to  cook. The best is you walk away from the messy table, leaving the clean up to the bus boys/waiters. But, sometimes what we don’t eat is not left behind.

If the meal is good it is always recommended to take home a “Doggy Bag“.   I do.

Did you know that the term doggy bag was a “euphemistic pretense that the food will be given to the diner’s pet, rather than eaten by a person.” This term was popularized in the 70’s etiquette columns.    The key word is pretense.  It was better to make believe the food, that you are taking home in a bag, will be given to Fido.   Why? I have not got a clue.  My guess is that the social elite, or ‘etiquette police’, just did not want look like they would do such a thing. Certainly, this practice would be below their status. Who were they fooling?  Not the waiters
In some countries, like France, people would frown upon a diner asking for a doggy bag. I guess the French have a higher standard than Americans.  No matter, I always doggie bag it and  Fido never gets the left overs.



Fried Rice – No Meat

Vegetable Fried Rice

Vegetable Fried Rice

2 3/4 cups water
1 1/2 cups uncooked long-grain white rice, rinsed, drained
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons grapeseed oil, divided
2 large eggs, beaten to blend
4 small carrots (about 4 ounces total), peeled and finely diced
1 cup broccoli florets, cut into small pieces
3 green onions; white parts thinly sliced, green parts cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/3 cup roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped


Combine the water, rice, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a saucepan and cook until the rice is tender and water is absorbed. Transfer the steamed rice to a baking sheet to cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until cold.

Heat a large wok over medium-high heat until the first wisp of white smoke comes off of the wok.

Add 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil to the wok and tilt the wok to coat.

Add the eggs and quickly stir until just cooked, about 30 seconds.

Remove the eggs from the wok and set aside on a plate.

Heat 3 tablespoons of grapeseed oil in the wok over medium-high heat.

Add the carrots and broccoli to the wok and stir fry for 1 minute. Stir in the white parts of the green onions.

Add the cold rice and stir fry for 2 minutes or until heated through. Drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil.

Add the soy sauce and sesame oil and continue to stir fry for 1 minute.

Stir in the eggs and peanuts.

Transfer the rice to a bowl and sprinkle with the green parts of the green onions and serve.