Holidays also are a big help in setting the table. It can be fun to come up with something new. However, this evening my table wasn't planned ahead. I just starting setting it with what I saw as I opened up the cupboards. I used a green tablecloth, (Wow, isn't that a unique idea!) and went from there. The China I used is called "Amsterdam", so it wasn't really Irish, but it is green!
Our menu started with Irish Beef Stew, a recipe from Fidel Murphy's Irish Pub, Grand Cayman, as published in Bon Appetit in March 2001. A couple of years ago, I went searching for a new St. Patrick's Day entree. I don't really care for corned beef and my mother doesn't like lamb stew. So, I was happy to find this recipe. It's very good, but more like a soup than a stew.
Of course, we had Irish Soda Bread. We love this recipe. My husband doesn't care for caraway seeds and I don't like raisins in anything (by themselves, they are fine), so we leave both out. Fantastic warm with melting butter.
And for dessert, Mint Chocolate Cake. Very much a winner. Tastes like an Andes Mint! And so pretty, too.