I caught a glimpse of one once. I was a child then, and the notion of seeing a leprechaun brought thrills and tingles akin to the sensations one gets upon reaching a roller coaster’s highest peak. Who wouldn’t feel this way? I’m talking magic, mischief, pots of gold and rainbows! I’m fairly confident I saw one. Or was it a matter of imagination in overdrive?
The elusive leprechaun is a type of fairy whose roots are tapped in Irish folklore. Typically wearing a green or red coat, a hat and a beard, he stands no taller than a small child. Cobblers by trade, he spends his day making shoes, stowing away his coins in a hidden pot of gold where the rainbow ends.
I caught him at work one day, myself,
In the castle ditch where fox-glove grows, –
A wrinkled, wizen’d and bearded Elf,
Spectacles stuck on his pointed nose,
Silver buckles to his hose,
Leather apron – shoe in his lap –
―William Allingham “The Lepracaun or Fairy Shoemaker”
Clever as he is, should a leprechaun be caught by a human, he’ll call upon his magical power to grant his captor three wishes in exchange for freedom. Oh the possibilities, the dreams, and the wishes I could conjure up! What would your three wishes be?
Truth is told, I don’t know if leprechauns exist, and I don’t know for certain they don’t exist. I suppose the same could be said for the Easter bunny and St. Nick. But this I know for sure: if I were granted three wishes, the very first one would be to never lose my child-like imagination.
Choux, or pâte à choux is a light, airy pastry commonly used to make profiteroles, éclairs and croquembouche among other desserts. In the US, bakeries stock their cases with cream puffs made from the same dough. The inspiration for today’s post comes from my friend Jamie Schler, an award-winning writer, who shares her gifts of words and cookery at Life’s A Feast. Her recent piece on choux, centers on a treasured recipe her father used to make treats for her family. I invite you to visit her website, find a comfy place to read for a spell, and have a look around. Fair warning: you may lose track of time!
For more St. Patrick’s Day food ideas, check these recipes out: