Thursday, March 12, 2009

Foodie Friday: Early St. Patrick's Supper


I'm so happy you made it to the early St. Patrick's Day celebration.

Kathy is bringing Guinness; I'm supplying shamrocks, a Shepherd Tart, Irish Soda bread, Pound cake with Green Whipped Cream...and candlelight.

Grab a plate...or you can play a game--find your "Irish" name:
Blogthing's Irish Name Generator
Irish Name Generator


Foodie Friday was almost thwarted by a flood in the bedroom--a loose shingle--but I put out huge baking pans and hurried to the kitchen (where it wasn't leaking) and cooked like a mad woman.

The Guinness is ice cold...let's check out the tablescaping.

I bought these cute pins at Big Lots and added them to the napkins

Here's another...


Irish soda bread

Made with Guinness and pocked with mysterious green nibbles.

Irish soup (part of Dr. Gollum's Ploughman's Lunch)


A Shepherd's Tart

White dish, Big Lots

Jain from Once Upon A Blue Moon told me about pastry wheels to create patterns in the puff pastry.

Simple to make, and it sticks to the ribs on a rainy day...or any day.

Ground sirloin
chopped onions
chopped carrots
green peas
mushrooms
cubed potatoes (pre-baked in microwave)
1 package Shepherd's Pie mix (dry)
Salt & pepper
Pepperidge Farms frozen puff pastry sheets (2)



Pound cake festooned with shamrocks

And green whipped cream




If I were writing a story, I'd open with a woman eating Chinese food. When she opens her fortune cookie it would say, Today your roof will leak and rain is coming. Since Foodie Friday falls on the 13th, I thought I'd give it a nod. If you want to investigate the reasons behind this superstitious date, check out Wiki's Friday the 13th trivia. According to MSN, triskaidekaphobic is the fear of the number 13.

If you're joining the potluck this week, add your name and Foodie Friday permalink to Mr. Linky!





76 comments:

  1. Gollum,
    everything looks soooooo delicious and here I am with my mishap cake. :o(
    I just hope nobody will notice because your setting and food is stunning and to perfection as usual.
    Happy Foodie Friday,
    Tam

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  2. The first meal I ever enjoyed in England was a ploughman's lunch and I was hooked forever. Your table today is splendid ... I love all the shamrocks, the food, the dessert ~ everything!

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  3. Hi Gollum... I am coming to your fam for vacation...WILL WORK FOR FOOD.... hahahaha.... I will wash dishes and clean the kitchen...I could play with your dishes!

    Susan

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  4. Your ARE the queen of presentation Gollum!

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  5. What a beautiful presentation Michael!

    The lattice crust looks so pretty.

    What a deliciously gorgeous feast ~

    All the best for a Happy St. Patrick's Day! xo~m.

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  6. What a great array of Irish food -- love your take on Shepherd's pie -- I'll have to try that. Love the shamrocks decorating your cake.
    And the table setting -- how great!

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  7. Oh my your food looks so very good and your table is set so beautifully. I got the Irish memo late but no worries come over to my place for drinks before the party begins, and you can take a little sweet home with you...

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  8. Hi Gollum...I'm not Irish, but I sure do wish I was after looking at your wonderful menu & tablescape....Awesome! Thanks for hosting this Fun event! ;-) Bo

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  9. it looks wonderful! very creative with your shepard pie!

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  10. This looks so good!

    I'll have to try the Shepherd's Tart. I made Shepherd's Pie!

    Happy Saint Patty's Day!

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  11. Hi Gollum,

    Is there room at your table for one more? ;)Everything looks fantastic.

    Hugs
    'D'

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  12. Your table is just STUNNING. It is so pretty. The foods all look so delicious. You just never cease to amaze me, Gollum. You are about the most talented lady I've ever known. And, BUSY!!
    Thanks so much for hosting this lovely event...
    xo bj

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  13. Everything looks so wonderful! Where is my plate and lets start eating! Thank you again for hosting!

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  14. Oh Gollum...What a beautiful table adn what yummy looking food!! I love the way you added shamrocks to everything! Using the pastry wheel does make the crust look so pretty. I am off to the website to see what my Irish name would be. My great-grandmother was named Tootie O'Toole...so I probably qualify to some extent!! lol Erin go bragh!...Debbie

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  15. Now girl this looks just a wee bit irish to me!!and is't Guiness the beer that had like a ping pong ball in it?? Your table and food is wonderful..I am green with evny over this one...now make the luck of th Irish me with you today..hugs and smiles Juverna O"Farrell (Gloria)

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  16. oh sorry to hear about the flood, hope it's all sorted now.
    Your table has done St Patrick proud to be sure and the food looks so delicious, the Shepherds Tart is so pretty with the lattice top, I will help myself to a slice of the pound cake and Green whipped cream :-). The Guinness is ready I am pulling pints from the pumps myself lol. Happy St. Patrick's day to all, Kathy.

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  17. Your presentation is just gorgeous! The table is lovely, especially love the shamrocks. And the food looks heavenly. I will definitely try the Shepherd's tart. Thanks again for hosting such a fun party every week! Kathy

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  18. Dear Gollum! How marvelous! Another beautiful table set with gorgeous dishes and the food - it's all about the delicious looking food! I'm so glad your link wasn't in the kitchen! Hope you're all dry now so you could enjoy your wonderful feast!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  19. That is a gorgeous presentation. Everything looks so delicious, and the shepherd's tart is a work of art! Linda

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  20. All of those delights look like they just might stick to more than your ribs! ;)

    m ^..^

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  21. Oh, no, Dear Gollum! I didn't make green food! Am I going to be fired! Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :(

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  22. I love the lattice work dough, that is so cute.

    From a Raggedy Roberta Ann

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  23. Your food is always so artistic! I feel that my family has been slighted by my bland looking meals. I'm going to have to start getting more artistic with my food. Your table and your food look fantastic! laurie

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  24. This should be in a magazine spread!! It's just a work of art, Kayleigh O'Brien aka Cindy

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  25. Gollum, that is not only a gorgeous table, but your food looks divine. Love your presentation on all of it, and the shamrocks topping the pound cake are beautiful.

    I'm running on half cylinders, but I wanted to join your party for St. Paddy's. I brought cookies... but some sneaky leprechaun ate all of them!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  26. The meal looks delicious and the table is beautiful.

    Tammy

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  27. This looks soooo yummy! I am sooo impressed with your pastry...you ROCK! The pound cake looks amazing, too! You have to ask Debbie about a telephone call she had earlier tonight...too funny!
    :-) Susan

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  28. Everything looks so pretty and delicious, as usual! The table is really gorgeous! Christine

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  29. I said you were busy..all that and a leak too! I don't know what looks better, the presentation or the food. Now, what is that gold-rimmed plate under the poundcake--very pretty! Thanks for hosting!

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  30. Your tablescape is stunning as usual! I am going to pay Big Lots a visit. Thanks for the fun game...My new name is Maureen O'Brien!
    Your food looks absolutely luscious and I too would love to know how you made the beautiful design in the pastry. Would Jain share with all of us?
    Yours looks so incredibly wonderful even with a flood... & well, mine is what it is! LIFE HAPPENS when you least expect it. I had great intentions:-) Enjoy this fun Foodie Friday & I will make my visits to all as I can.

    Beth:-)

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  31. Oh my goodness this is yummy beautiful! Truly you should hire out as a food stylist! You can bet I'll be trying out a recipe too. Take care. Penny

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  32. I have MORE St. P's food to make for Kathleen's party this Tuesday.
    :-) Cuisine Kathleen...she's been posting St. Paddy's food all week.Come and join her on the 17th.

    Beth, I bought a lattice pastry wheel and rolled it over the dough. Jain uses a lattice crust on poached pears, and on tarts. Her blog has pictures and instructions--you can find it on my sidebar, Once In A Bluemoon.

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  33. The gold rimmed plate used to hang on my wall (last house). I think it's Bavarian (will check).

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  34. Wow...You've really taken the humble shepherd's pie to new heights! Everything looks so delicious and once again it's after midnight and I'm starving! A trip to your blog can do that to a woman! So sorry about the shingle leak! Hope you were at least able to sit down and enjoy this sumptuous fare! :)
    Nancy - AKA: Nuala Clarke

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  35. I made it home from Las Vegas just hours ago, but in time for the party! Happy St. Patty's Day!
    *Really Rainey

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  36. ***** Ohhh, as scrumptdelicious as that LOOKS, I canNOT keep my eyes off that PLATE (!!!) ~~~ it's SOOO STUNNING (and it DOES look Bavarian!)~~~ LONG STORY SHORT???~~~ GIRLFRIEND, YOU ARE SOOOOO VERRRRY GOOD AT THIS (n' EVERYTHING!)~ Thanks n' big hugs, Linda

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  37. It's too beautiful to eat! Did your family notice?!?
    It's amazing, you managed to prepare all of this & still deal with a flood! ♥

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  38. Your food and tablescape look wonderful. You have a real talent for entertaining. My guys are lucky if I cook. :>)

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  39. The pastry is amazing! All of it was gorgeous and looking quite yummy! I did stick to the theme of St. Patty's Day. It was fun!

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  40. Irish is everywhere. Its beautiful and looks delish. I would like to join.

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  41. Gorgeous food for a gorgeous table! I wish I was there to eat it all with you! Yum!

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  42. As always everything looks beautiful, your presentations and photos are fantastic!

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  43. You always host the best party! Literally and uh, bloggerly. Fantastic job! I would covet and invitation to that table!

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  44. Your post is beautiful! Love the Shepherds tart idea. I have some Puff Pastry so maybe I'll give it a try soon. Thanks for being a fabulous hostess!

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  45. Sheer genious! Gollum, you are a true artist - what a gorgeous feast - and for the eye, too! Wowsas!
    xo Isa

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  46. Good morning! Another gourmet meal - you are very talented!
    Love Foodie Friday!

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  47. Oh boy, once again you've got my stomach growling! That pound cake looks divine! Now where does one buy a shamrock plant? I don't think I've ever seen one, unless they go by a different name when sold?

    My Irish names are:
    Avril Sheridan
    and
    Deidre O'Casey
    WTH?

    Justine :o )

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  48. Great idea about using the pins for napkins! Everything looks delicious. I love the idea of the shepherd's tart. I loved the shamrock garnish. I bought one several years ago and my cats, who never bother flowers or plants, ate it all in the time it took to prepare supper. I walked in and found a pot of stalks!
    Thanks for hosting Foodie Friday!
    :D Jewel (or with my Irish name Eva MacDermot)

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  49. Love your tablescape. Perfectly set up for a St. Patty's feast. The shepards tart looks really tasty.

    Have a happy day

    Kris

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  50. I'm sure everything you have made tastes wonderful...but from here I'm enjoying how amazing it all looks. Your photographs really bring the food to life, it looks great. And those plates, oh my! Gorgeous.
    ~Michelle

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  51. Everything looks beautiful and delicious. Thanks for inviting me to participate.

    Susan

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  52. Great pre St. Pat's party you're having. The food and decor are wonderful. Love that tart idea!

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  53. Two words:
    "Stunning"
    "Tastefully-decilious"
    Yes, I love my big lots dishes so does my girls. I use them all the time. Gollum, you presentation of the food is so awesome. Sorry about the leaks in your bedroom. Those big pans do come in handy besides cooking with. LOL

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  54. creative and lovely as usual,,,Ann

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  55. Rain is on the way, and so are the roofers. It was the worst leak we've had in this house .... a lake in the bedroom. The Sheetrock is pocked, and we can't turn on the lights because water poured through the overhead fixture.

    But I'm whispering Irish blessings and wearing green... and on my way around Blog Street to see all of the festive goodies.

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  56. Three cheers for Big Lots! I have found some great treasures in that little place. Loved your table. Food looked divine!
    ; )

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  57. The tablescape is just gorgeous and all of the dishes you've chosen are so beautifully put together. Love all the food. It really sounds so yummy. Hugs, Marty

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  58. What a festive table! I love all the shamrock touches you've added. Your shepherds pie looks beautiful with the pastry cut outs and I love how you even made green whipping cream for the pound cake (which looks fantastic!).

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  59. Hi again!!
    It's late entry this time....but still able to make it before the day ends, phew!!
    Great presentation, as usual and have a great St. Patrick Day celebration.

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  60. Everything here looks delicious--thanks so much!

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  61. Hi everybody...

    my irish name is
    Peigín Níc Ghiolla Iosa, I am overwhelmed.

    really nice fotos @ gollum.

    greets.

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  62. ***Gigi, just noticed you're featuring "TRAINWRECKS" ("mishaps"!)on your next FF~~~~ FINALLY, SOMETHING "I" can do and join in with here!!! (I guess it's true ~~ anyone CAN "join in", at least ONCE in a while! Huuuuge smiles!)~ XO, Linda ****

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  63. Wow! Everything looks wonderful! I would love to try making that Shepards tart.....but it would probably turn into a "trainwreck" ..hmm.. maybe I will post it next Friday?! ~Cindy~..p.s. (really cute idea for the pins!)

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  64. Love the green and pink combination. An unexpected combination. The food looks delicious!

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  65. Wow Gollum the table looks beautiful as usual....The food look wonderful...thanks for sharing...Pat H

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  66. Oh! What a lovely party you had! The table looks wonderful, and the food delicious..
    Thanks for the mention of my party, and yes, everyone is welcome!!

    See you, Tues...I have to rest up from this party and get ready to do the Stack O'Barley!

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  67. Yummy! I love a Plowman's lunch and Dr. G's looks wonderful. Irish blessing to you and I'm so sorry about the leak. Your tablescape is amazing!
    C

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  68. Beautiful presentation and yummy food! I could go for a piece of that pound cake right now! Sorry, I'm joining in at the nth hour - but I was called in to work this morning - but that' okay we're on Spring Break Vacation all of next week! ~ Robyn

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  69. Dear Gollum, What a fabulous table and scrumptuous presentation. Where does one actually buy real shamrocks? I am a quarter Irish, so I had to look up my name. How it came out as Aoife O'Kelly is beyone me! LOL You set a beautiful table, as always.

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  70. Everything looks wonderful, from your tablesetting to the food.

    Hope you got your roofing issues fixed quickly! What a headache that is! :-/ Yikes!

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  71. What a great post! I'm so glad I stopped by. My grannies maiden name was O'connor. Everything here was just lovely :>) Thank you for the time and trouble you went to and for sharing with all of us. Blessings to you ♥

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  72. Ok, G, you are SERIOUSLY giving me a BIG complex here:):) EVERYTHING you do is perfection....I am sitting here drooling and just devouring (with my eyes) all this wonderfulness! That cake looks SOOOOO yummy, I would LOVE a piece but the DD (damn diet) won't allow right now:( I know you can relate!!! Thanks so much for hosting this! It is always a REAL treat and feast for the eyes! Hugs, Pinky

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  73. Fantastic and I loved discovering my "Irish" name. What fun!!!

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  74. Well I most certainly can't compete with this set up..WOW--everything looks fantastic! I hope to be able to actually make thing more green on St. Patricks day--we'll see.

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  75. I would love to taste the shepherd's pie! The pound cake reminds me of a sock it to me cake, I always took to meetings. Everyone always wanted the recipe. Finally, my best friend, said give it up! The recipe! I said OK, go to the Market and this is the ingredient you need, go to the deli and get the cake and place it on your cake plate. Now it all finished, take it, and everyone will love it. lol Love the Shamrock plant! I do not like roof leaks, I had many when we bought our Bungalow! No fun, and too much clean up and fixing! Hope all is well. Oh, I had two baby chicks hatch out, (ours are free range)a hawk came in and too them both out!
    Mama Diamond maybe have to stay in the coop next time!

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