Every year we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by having a grand feast of Irish food and drink. The table gets adorned with shamrocks and gold colored table clothes or chargers. The children do cute drawings and projects of leprechauns and pots of gold at the end of rainbows. And watch out if you are not wearing green because Momma is going to pinch you! It is a jolly time even if you have no actual Irish heritage, (45% for my husband and 32% for me according to Ancestry DNA) but who is counting? But have you ever wondered who St. Patrick is or what the holiday is all about? How will you and your family and friends celebrate? Hopefully, we can give you some great menu ideas to enjoy the day.
“St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. But for all his celebrity, his life remains somewhat of a mystery. Many of the stories traditionally associated with St. Patrick, including the famous account of his banishing all the snakes from Ireland, are false, the products of hundreds of years of exaggerated storytelling.” ~The History Channel
And according to Wikipedia…
“Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.
Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, especially in Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand”
This was our St. Patrick’s Day Feast 2015. And the request from the family has been pretty much the same for 2016 minus the Corned Beef with Cabbage and Mashed Potatoes. Just too much food! LOL!
This is what will be on the menu at our house:
St. Patrick’s Day 2016 Menu
Assortment of Aged Cheddars & Other Irish Cheeses
Wheat Irish Soda Bread
Irish Lamb Stew
Over the rainbow parfaits
Pot of Gold Cupcakes
Guinness and Smithwick’s
We will be posting the pictures and recipes for these items in subsequent posts prior to March 17th, so keep an eye out! Until then,
|An Old Irish Blessing|
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.