For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with Ireland and its culture and history. Even though I couldn’t find it, I wished desperately for Irish heritage. I was a little jealous of my friend Vanessa–Her father was from Ireland and she did Irish step-dancing. I wanted (and still want) to learn Irish Gaelic. When I was 16, my high school offered a trip during our school’s spring break to Ireland, Wales and England. I scrimped and saved to be able to go. We landed at the airport in Shannon, and immediately hopped on our tour bus and went off to Tipperary. When we got to Dublin, I was in heaven. I bought my first pair of Doc Martens at a little shop off Grafton Street. I also missed meeting my Irish pen pal while I was there. I love Irish music, and miss going to the Dublin Irish Festival each year.
And up until about a year ago, any time people here in SoDak would ask if I was Irish (usually on or around St. Patrick’s Day), I’d always say, “Nope, not Irish at all. German, French, Dutch and English, but not Irish.” Random aside, I’ve also been assumed to have Italian heritage just because I love Italian cuisine so much. There is speculation that one of my ancestors is Scotch-Irish, possibly coming to the States from Ulster, but no one knows for sure exactly from whence he sprang. St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t seem as big of a deal out here (except for the bars and college students who use it as an excuse to spend an entire day getting drunk, something that even though I’m not really Irish, I find incredibly offensive), because the prevailing ancestry of a lot of people seems to be Norwegian, Dutch or German . Still, I like doing a little something on St. Patrick’s Day, and I actually came up with some cupcakes that I thought were fitting:
Rich, chocolatey, with a boozy buttercream, thanks to some Baileys Irish Cream. So very very delicious, and a perfect little treat for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
I’m taking a test batch of these into work today–While I taste-tested myself yesterday, and Jay also had a sample, I do want to see how they play out with my coworkers. If they’re enough of a hit, I’ll make up a double-batch and take them in on Friday! Slán anois!