Macaroni is not the least bit Irish. Calling it Mac only makes it sound like it is.
But if you are Irish and Catholic, St. Patrick’s Day comes smack dab in the middle of Lent and if it’s on a Friday night , no less, even if you are in the Archdioceses of Boston and even if St Patrick is the Patron saint of the Archdiocese and even if there is dispensation for corned beef and cabbage……you might very well be having macaroni and cheese for supper.
I don’t remember the details. We had plenty of St Patrick’s Days with Corned Beef and Cabbage but this one was most notably not one of those. Was my Irish father working late? He loved his corned beef and cabbage, especially if corned beef would lead to corned beef hash….
Was it a year without dispensation? What year was it, anyhow?
What I remember was
- it was St. Patrick’s Day
- We were going to have macaroni and cheese and not corned beef.
- There wasn’t quite enough elbow macaroni, so some spaghetti was broken up into the mix.
- My mother decided to make the meal more festive by adding a little green food color to the cheese sauce.
How did it turn out? It was not beautiful. Let me say that again ” ‘s NOT” Beautiful.
There are no photos. Saint Patrick’s gift to the world.
I have been highly skeeved by green food for Saint Patrick ever since. I’m not sure how this is supposed to honor the saint or Ireland. Just say NO.
Green pancakes? No thank you
Rice Krispie Treats? Thank you, no.
Éirinn go Brách