The sun has been shining in Dublin since the weekend, there’s been hardly a cloud in the sky and finally (dare I say it) we can say goodbye to winter and hello to spring 🙂 It makes me so happy to see the sun again and be able to open my door and let the kiddies out to play without their rain jackets and wellies.
I spent my weekend thinking about recipes for our Irish national holiday – St.Patricks Day. In our house we are all about the green, white and gold, silly wigs and headbands for the parade and face paint – there is always, always face paint. Patrick’s Day just wouldn’t be the same without it.
In the spirit of everything traditionally Irish I wanted to cook something that would not only symbolise our Irish colours but also the amazing quality food that we grow and produce this country has to offer. We are so lucky to have a wide variety of foods that are grown right here on Irish soil and the only way to make that continue is to buy locally sourced produce. Every item on this ingredients list is proudly purchased in Ireland with the exception of the Dijon mustard which came from France and the limes (it just didn’t taste the same without them).
This recipe is really simple to make and can be made ahead of time. Just reheat the pancakes in a toaster! Even though they look very psychedelic the only colour is from the veggies. I used salmon to top the pancakes as it is high in protein and omega-3. For smaller babies (under 12 months) I would advise using steamed fresh salmon and flake over the top as smoked salmon can be high in salt. The zingy white dip is delicious! (and super simple). It takes all of 1 minute to put all the ingredients into a bowl, give it a mix and hey presto, you’ve got an amazing minty, fresh sauce that kids love.
After I took the photos these pancakes became little appetisers before our dinner. They look posh, are pretty inexpensive to make and they were devoured by everyone. The only problem I had was that I didn’t cook enough.
I hope you and your families like them and may the luck of the Irish be with you all.
Aileen agus Oscar xoxo