In my many years of searching through family history and digging back through old records, I’ve still yet to come across any Irish ancestry. There’s speculation that one of my ancestors, a man by the name of Hezekiah Sellards, might’ve come from Ulster, or maybe somewhere in Scotland. I did discover that one branch of my mom’s family had pretty substantial roots coming from Kent, and based on her last name, it’s pretty likely we’ve got Welsh ancestry as well. On my dad’s side, he found one of his ancestors had emigrated from Edinburgh (I chalk my love of all things plaid to this lone Scotsman in my family tree). Otherwise, his side’s pretty firmly French, German and Prussian. Which is my long-winded way of saying that I have no idea where my interest in Irish culture really comes from, and why I choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by making fun desserts every year.
Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve found Celtic lore and history so fascinating for as long as I can remember.
Or maybe it’s because I’ve never really fully explored German or French history and lore. I guess I don’t really need an excuse to make these Mini Chocolate Baileys Pudding Tarts. I found the tart shells at World Market and bought them basically because I’ve never seen them around here otherwise. And then I had to think of what I would use to fill them. Boozy desserts are always fun, and so are shamrock sprinkles.
I have to say, it makes me somewhat sad that my trip to Ireland was over 20 years ago, and it lasted all of 4 days. I’ve wanted to return ever since I landed back in the US, but I haven’t been able to go.
I’d even be willing to risk another panic attack in Blarney Castle to be able to do so.