St Patrick's Day falls on Saturday 17th March 2012.
Although I am really rather English, the British Isles have been genetically mixed-about over the last two thousand years, so I'd be surprised if I didn't have at least a drop of Irish blood in me.
On St Patrick's Day, my Irish bits come to the fore, and some 8 pints of Guinness are obligatory. But sometime before or after the beer, a nice milkshake does not go amiss.
Here is the very easy recipe for a Shamrock Shake, to make 2 glasses.
2 cups of vanilla ice cream
1 1/4 cups skimmed milk or low-fat milk
1/4 tsp liquid mint extract (or juice of fresh squeezed mint leaves if you have a garden)
8 drops of green food colouring
Just put into a blender until smooth!