When Sir Walter Scott said “Oh! What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive” I don’t think he even imagined the power of false information from the internet.
Today, in my email inbox, I received an email from Yummly that stated: “Popular Irish Recipes”. It being Saint Patrick’s Day, I took further note.
The number one on Yummly’s list was “Irish Potatoes”. I had potatoes in my refrigerator, so I clicked to check this out. Number one on the list of ingredients was “14 ozs shredded coconut”.
Immediately, alarms went off in my head. Coconut in Ireland? Unfortunately, toward my goal of using time management wisely so I don’t divert needless energy…I failed. I started to Google Irish cooking with coconut. What did I find?— I found it does not exist, which I already knew, because I live in Hawaii, and coconuts don’t live in Ireland.
Then I looked at the rest of the ingredients: confectionery sugar, butter, cream cheese and vanilla extract. There is nothing Irish or Potato in the recipe.
Now I wanted to find something that might be Irish for dinner. Finally found this recipe.
What have I learned? I’ve learned that when Yummly sends me an email regarding “Popular Irish Recipes”…it will now go to junk mail!
What I wanted when I “clicked”, was authentic Irish food to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day–not a marketing ploy.
“Oh! What a tangled web we weave….”
I hope you are truly celebrating a real Irish St. Patrick’s Day!