Lean, Mean and Green

Whether you’re Irish or not, March 17th is as good a time as any to honor the Irish heritage and help usher Spring in on the 20th. Despite being a holiday to celebrate Irish heritage cultural and religious holiday, did you know St. Patrick’s Day actually began in America?  The day is generally characterized by the attendance of church services, wearing of green attire, and the lifting of Lenten restriction on eating and drinking alcohol, which is often proscribed during the rest of the reason.  To get into spirit, shamrocks, leprechauns and rainbows are amongst the various traditions which are brought out on the day!

Green beer, green leprechauns, green hats, green clothes, green everything on St. Partick’s Day.  Green is the color of Ireland, of mysterious deeds, of wealth and good fortune, of an awakening earth, of incoming spring, and of a verdant countryside.  It is no wonder that wearing a bit of green wards off bad luck…and in the case of Americans, wards off getting pinched ;)!

Why not really rev up the fun this year by expanding your St. Patrick’s Day festivities to the food?  While anyone can throw some food color into a batch of cookies or eggs, true creativity is what will set you apart.  If you’re stuck on ideas, why not boost your dessert’s antioxidant value by trying out this recipe for Green Tea Pound Cake?

Green Tea Pound Cake yields 6-8 servings

 Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tbsp matcha (powdered green tea) – can change this depending on how strong you like your green tea.
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Directions:

  1. Cream butter in a bowl.
  2. Add sugar in the butter and mix well until light and fluffy.
  3. Gradually add beaten eggs and whisk well.
  4. Sift flour, baking powder, and green tea powder together and add the flour to the egg mixture.
  5. Pour the batter into a buttered loaf pan.
  6. Bake in a preheated 175 degrees C oven for about 30 minutes (or until a skewer comes out clean)
  7. Eat and enjoy

How will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year?

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