Monday, 12 March 2012

Asparagus Leek soup for St. Patrick's Day!

Frank Sinatra said, "Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the Bible says love your enemy."  The Irish certainly love their drink. Is it any wonder then that even their coffee has alcohol?

This week I will be posting some fun recipes for your St. Patrick's Day feast, which falls on Saturday. And, some ideas for your table. so, even if you are not Irish, let's have some fun and plan a party or a special dinner for your family. After all, if you can't beat the "Winter Blues", let's join them with a hot alcoholic beverage, comfort food and some fun with friends and relatives!

Wee Bear loves his coffee, so, today I am offering a spin on Irish coffee, that he enjoys, not only on St. Patrick's Day,  but, during the Christmas Holiday as well. 

Irish Coffee Eggnog

1 quart commercial eggnog or homemade (recipe follows)
1 1/1/3 c. your favorite brewed coffee
2/3c. Irish cream liquor
1/2 c. brandy
1/2 c. sugar

* Combine all ingredients, stirring to dissolve sugar. Chill overnight.

Recipe: Classic Eggnog

  • 5 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/3 cups good quality bourbon or whiskey
  • 1/3 cup spiced rum
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg plus more for garnish
1. Whisk yolks with sugar until creamy and sugar begins to dissolve.
2. Add cream, milk, bourbon and rum and stir to combine.
3. Stir in nutmeg and vanilla and chill well.

  Start with some fun dinnerware!

These beautiful handcrafted bowls are made in Africa, I chose to mix and match the different patterns to create a fun and colorful table. You could also use teacups and saucers, that your Mom or Grandmother may have given you. 

My favorite Asparagus Leek Soup
Adapted from Eva Kenly
2 1/2 c. thinly sliced leeks, white and light green part
1 1/2 lb. asparagus, peeled and cut into 1/4" rounds
3 T. butter
1 c. parsley leaves
6 c. chicken stock
1 c. frozen peas, thawed
1 c. heavy cream, or half and half

In a large, heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt the butter and cook leeks for 3-4 minutes. Stir often.

Add the asparagus and cook, stirring, for another 4 minutes. Then, add parsley leaves and chicken stock. Partially cover pot and cook for 20 minutes, or until asparagus is almost tender. Add peas and cook for 10 minutes.

Puree in batches in a food processor or blender. Strain into a clean saucepan, add the cream and heat through. Season to taste.

*I have served this soup in hollowed out small pumpkins for Halloween or hollowed out red peppers for Christmas. For St. Patrick's you could pick green peppers.  Make sure to pick round ones, that will stand on a plate.

We are happily reunited with our doggies Moose and Bandit. I took Bandit for a 3 mile hike yesterday afternoon, he was jumping for joy. Wee Bear unpacked his suitcase and watched golf. Our missing bag, showed up at our door step just before dinner......Yippee! Vacation is fun, but, it was nice to sit down to a homemade dinner of Roast Loin of Pork with sauce Robert, mashed potatoes and green beans..............ahhhh the comforts of home :-) 


  1. Thanks for the recipes!

  2. You are quite welcome! If you have a request, please leave it in the comment area!

  3. Those handcrafted bowls are beautiful, so colorful and festive!

  4. great job on your blog spot aunt joan!! its GREAT! Im anonymous because I dont have any accounts so I will just always sign my name :0) Im digging this and will pass it along to my friends, a girl always needs new food ideas! Im trying to find fiber in my food and near impossible I found an adult gummy fiber 2 = 5 grams combined with 1 cup of fiber one cereal = 10 grams, its hard to eat 25 grams a day... ~stephy

  5. Thanks :0)! It is fun! I have so much to share, then a holiday jumps in the way, and I feel I need to address that first!! I will be posting most days! If you have a request, feel free to ask! I will think on the fiberous recipes!! Cheers! Auntie J

  6. The asparagus soup sounds delish! I love all of your soups. Judy said she is enjoying your blog! She asked who Wee Bear is? Haha!


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