Joe Coleman, my father-in-law, the master of the quick quip. He’s a satirist extraordinaire to the point that even when you ask him the time, you feel like you need to check the clock yourself. It was sink or swim in the Coleman household and I give full credit to Dad for my quick come-back skills. He’s a firm believer, being the father of seven kids you must have a great sense of humor or you won’t survive!
Dad’s dry humor though very funny is not always appreciated. Several years ago, Dad had received a solicitation phone call wanting a donation to send some handicapped kids to the circus. Dad simply replied, “Get a bus full of handicapped kids together and you got a circus!” What the caller didn’t know was Dad himself is handicapped with full leg braces on both legs. You got to love the Irish!
In honor of Dad’s heritage here’s a an Irish Recipe.
What you’ll need:
2-3 cups ground beef, cooked and drained
1 cup frozen peas
1 can golden mushroom soup (Soup Substitutions: Cream of Mushroom or Cream of Celery)
1 small Onion, chopped
1 tsp salt
⅛ tsp pepper
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cups potatoes, prepared mashed
How Mom makes it:
Heat oven to 375°
Combine all ingredients down to the Worcestershire sauce in a 2 quart casserole baking dish. Mix prepared mashed potatoes with egg and spread evenly over the top of meat mixture. Sprinkle top with Paprika. Bake until bubbly and potatoes are slightly browned.
Bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown.
Makes approximately 4 servings