BRAD     |     EMILLIE

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Deep within the Emerald Isle

Going back is usually hard.  You feel homesick for what you knew. You're different. Changed by time and life events. And the awkwardness of no longer belonging.

I was worried.

But my worries were needless.

A culture that is partially defined by the word "diaspora" is well practiced at having people visit. Everyone simply acted as though we'd never left. So we were able to enjoy our time, and visit our old haunts without feeling out of place.

We did so much that I don't even know where to begin... that is only compounded by the fact that I have two slightly crazy, jet-lagged children, so I think I'll simply touch on Saint Patrick's Day and leave the rest of my tales for another day.

This time we opted to go to Trim, as the Dublin Parade would be a bit much for Uliana, and the Maynooth parade fell during nap-time.

As a decent-sized market town, Trim had a lot of small-town fun activities.  The day started out with a homemade boat race on the river Boyne...
...then a soap box race down a hill opposite the famous castle.

This was all capped off by a parade of locally made floats (our hosts are probably still laughing about the fact that a tractor pulling a bale of hay was considered a "float").

Brad was very excited to discover that Ireland has embraced the world of craft beers (he's so hipster).
It was a very busy (and exhausting) day!

Now for a quick and easy jet-lagged brunch.  Hash is made easy at our house with our very cool mandolin.

Crispy Vegetable Hash
Grate 2 cups of potato, and 2 cups of vegetables (onion, peppers, mushrooms, carrots, etc). Toss with 2 tbsp of melted butter (or oil). Add in 3 cloves of garlic, 1 tbsp sweet paprika, 1 tsp thyme, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp black pepper and 1 tsp salt (to taste).

Roast in the oven at 450 F for 20-30 min, until nice and crispy.

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