Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!
Being of Irish-Italian heritage, I celebrated the day by sprinkling Italian parsley on my Irish stew. Hey, I know how to pull out all the stops for special occasions.
When shopping for said parsley, I decided to also get something for the food bank bin at the front of my grocery store. I’ve been trying to pick up an item or two on a regular basis (rather than waiting to fill up a whole bag a couple of times a year).
My challenge is always what to select. If you do fill a bag, you can mix and match, but with only a couple of items, the pressure’s on.
Potatoes would have been the classic Irish choice, but I was limited to the non-perishables so, unfortunately, no spuds allowed. (And my Irish father and father-in-law would take turns throttling me if I was ever caught on a security camera buying instant potatoes.)
A friend whose parents help run their local food bank up north (thanks, OWW!) suggested that condiments are often in short supply on their shelves, so that’s what I bought.
I picked up a couple of basics — ketchup and mustard — and threw in a jar of peanut butter just to mix it up a little.
Hmm, should’ve gone for the green ketchup ….
P.S. I little Irish tune for one and all. Enjoy!