In the past, an Irish blessing was spoken without being considered religious, but as a way of life – no one thought to question them. Here, in the American South, southern belles proclaim “Bless her heart” just as in Ireland we would often say “God Bless you” or “God rest your soul” and as such, many of these spoken habits from the past have survived, though their use is diminishing. The Irish wit of telling jokes, making toasts and speaking blessings holds true to the richness of family and friends, so, I thought to harken back to a more gilded age this past weekend and I hosted an Irish afternoon tea party at the Wholefoods Salud! Cooking School where we not only enjoyed delightful treats but used and highlighted spoken Irish Blessings with each tea pairing! It was a joy, and put a spring in our step this Spring! Yes, it was a blessing!
Here is our menu…
Peach Sparkle (Sparkling Wine with a hint of Peach)
Savories: Irish smoked Salmon Moose on Potato Boxty with Dill, Open Ham and Guinness Red Onion Soda Bread Sandwiches, Irish Spring Onion Soup shots, Second Breakfast Sage and Onion Sausage Bites
Served with Irish Black Tea
Scones and Breads: Irish Blueberry and White Chocolate Scones with Lemon Curd and Clotted Cream and buttered Earl Grey Tea Bread
Served with Earl Grey Tea
Sweets: Shamrock and Peach Macaroons, Irish Butter Fudge with a Chocolate Swirl
Served with Honey Vanilla Nectar Honeybush Rooibos
…and let me conclude this post with an Irish Blessing or two, just for you…
“May you life as long as you want and never want as long as you live”
“May springtime never be far from you”
Joy in the Journey!
Judith the Irish foodie