Friday, February 28, 2014

Foodie Friday---Sharing a "wee bit" of Irish Culture

I can't believe that March 1st is tomorrow. Our family is filled with March birthdays...starting with my brother, my daughter, my aunt, and ending with my sister. Wedged in between them is the infamous St. Patrick's Day!
Celebrations are held everywhere featuring parades, and festivals. The wearing of green attire and shamrocks help commemorate the official Christian feast day where Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland is celebrated in many places through-out the world.

St. Patrick's Day is typically filled with lots of delicious food. Starting with breakfast. This may consist of bacon, sausages, eggs, potato Fadge (potato cakes) or the famous Boxty. (Irish griddle cakes) Add a few slices of Soda Bread, and tea, and you will be all set to start your day.

Irish Soda bread is probably the easiest bread to make. In later years I have made this to have for our breakfast on St. Paddy's Day morning. Sharing a "wee bit" of the Irish culture in celebration of St. Patrick.  

My choice of recipes for Irish Soda Bread is from The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten. Her recipe comes out beautifully every time.

There are so many dishes that come to mind if you would like to make a tasty family meal on St. Patrick's Day.  Start out with a delicious Beef Stew or Corned Beef & Cabbage. Add to this a traditional potato dish found in Ireland, called Colcannon, and dessert of course, a warm and decadent Bread Pudding.  Some of you may throw in a pint of Guinness or Irish Coffee along the way as well!

However you chose to celebrate St. Patrick's Day------May the Luck of the Irish be with you!


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