Noel and Judith joining in the fun at the Highland Games
October 31st means the end of autumn and the beginning of the winter months. In Georgia we brought the autumn out with a bang (or billowing bag pipes) at this years Highland Games in Atlanta, Georgia as guests of Tourism Ireland.Noel McMeel and I were welcoming our Southern Scots Irish kinsmen and ladies to come to Ireland and taste the goodness of Irish food.
On the menu we shared Wild Atlantic Salmon with Sea Weed and Capers, Irish Whiskey Cured Ham with Noel’s Guinness Red Onion Marmalade and Irish Goats Cheese with Toasted Oats and Local Georgia Pecans. We got in to the spirit of the games, signed cookbooks, promoted tourism and there was no shortage of food, laughter and and fun. Having said that we are still working on our Highland Fling!
Not many folks in the US may not be aware that the roots of celebrating “All Hallowtide” came from the ancient Celts in Ireland. The name has changed over the centuries to what we know as Halloween. Many both culinary and cultural traditions were brought over from Ireland to the new world by early immigrants. The carving and lighting of the pumpkin came from the Irish legend of Jack O Lantern. This Irish bad boy is said to have asked the devil for light as he roams the earth and was given nothing but a piece of burning coal. Jack placed the burning ember in a carved turnip and the rest is history!
Celebrating the old world ties as we end one season and begin anew! Wishing everyone fun tonight and keep an eye out for Jack!
Hosting tea parties have always been one of my favorite events. I love it all; the tea cups, the fine china, the decorating, the invitations, the serving and of course- the food. So, you can imagine my delight when I had the opportunity to partner with International designer and friend Sharon Cleland from J Banks in Hilton Head to host a Coastal Shamrock and Peach tea party? Tea by the sea…
Sharon began her tablescape by interweaving recipes hand written by her 92 year old Irish grandmother to form a table cloth. Moss from both the low country and Ireland were the background to the centerpiece with local oyster shells, drift wood and tied together with a nautical rope. Our guests each took home a hand printed Irish linen tea towel, and a peach with an attached Irish blessing…what fun!
My menu began with a selection of savories on the bottom of the 3-tier cake stand followed by cinnamon fall scones with pumpkin butter, apple creams, Irish butter shortbreads and the top layer with white chocolate biscuit cake. We paired teas with each course including Irish breakfast with savories, pumpkin spice with our breads and ginger peach with our biscuit cake.
Yum yum on the island!
This week it’s back home to Roswell and I know I will have time to drink tea and remember this beautiful event.