Sunday, March 20, 2011
Sunday #11: The Away Game
Sunday number 11 was hosted at Mark's mother's house. She was making corned beef and cabbage because that's how we feign tradition in these here parts.
A facebook friend posted some article that ended up getting a reply from an "IRISH Irish" friend that basically said "corned beef, wtf?" This prompted me to take a gander at what all the hubub was for having corned beef and cabbage on St. Patty's Day.
According to Wikipedia - and who knows more than Wiki!? Not you, so don't even question it! - corned beef was something the English grew in Ireland but hogged up for themselves while the Irish subsisted on potatoes. Corned beef didn't become so popular with the Irish until they came to the America's and said "Wow! Corned beef be cheap here!" and proceeded to favor it over pork because it was perceived as being so darned fancy.
So yes, corned beef is really more of an Irish American thing, and from there it's really just an American thing because way too many Americans fancy themselves as Irish than actually are (though not quite as many who seem to think their great great grandmother was some sort of Indian Princess. )
So we borrowed us some faked-out culture and ate us some faked-out traditional food. That's about as American as you can get!
Oh - and I brought those glazed beets and carrots. I was going to at least take some pictures of that process but the camera was all "batteries, waah" so that didn't happen.