Celebrating the Feast of St. Patrick
When you think of Irish celebrations, perhaps Irish soda bread isn't the first thing that comes to mind, but it is one of the most authentic Irish foods that you'll see on American tables when they celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 17th. (Unless you’re also serving Guinness and in that case, you might try this Guinness Milkshake!) When I was a boy in Co. Tipperary, Ireland, we would start the day by going to church to celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick. It was a Holy Day, so we had to get dressed up and go to mass. All I could think about was what we were going to have to eat afterward.
But let me tell you one thing, we weren’t eating corned beef in Ireland! Sorry to pluck your shamrock, but corned beef and cabbage isn’t actually the national dish of Ireland. On a traditional table like my Mum’s, you might find a typical “Sunday” dinner. It would consist of bacon and cabbage along with potato, turnip and carrot mash. And if I were a lucky lad, my Mum would serve my favorite, Colcannon — boiled potatoes mashed up with cabbage and then mixed with onions and butter (or cream). My mouth is watering thinking about it!
But if you are one of those people who will be making corned beef and cabbage on St. Paddy’s day, you’ll most likely have some left over. In that case, the trusty reuben is always a favorite but
The Bread Basket Delis sell over 12 TONS of corned beef each week! They primarily make sandwiches but always had some scraps of corned beef that wasn’t “pretty enough” to serve, so they came up with this idea for the Irish egg roll. They didn’t give away their secret but I did find some others that did share their recipe. What will you be eating on St. Patrick’s Day?
As always, at Biddy Murphy, we’re real Irish people sharing the joy of Ireland through authentic Irish goods, gifts and experiences. If you haven’t purchased anything from BiddyMurphy.com, give us a try. We even pulled together some special St. Patrick’s Day collections that make shopping easier for you. The collections feature Irish tweed caps, Irish clothing, Irish jewelry and home goods. We think you’ll be delighted.
Happy St. Patrick’s day! Slán go fóill - Bye for now
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