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St Patrick's Day Recipes

Saint Patricks day is celebrated annually on the 17th March. It is believed that St Patrick used the Irish shamrock to explain the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) to the pagan people of Ireland.

St Patrick is also credited with the Irish Celtic Cross and driving snakes out of Ireland. Legend tells us that St Patrick combined the traditional Christian cross with the circle of the sun used by the pagans of Ireland (they worshipped sun gods) and created the Celtic Cross, the circle is also believed to represent gods eternal and never ending love.

In this section we have included a selection of different recipes for traditional St Patrick's Day including Irish Cookies, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Traditional Irish Breakfast and Irish Potato Bread.

English: St Patricks Day
Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig

St Patrick's Day Recipes - History
St Patrick's day is celebrated by Irish people all over the world each year on the 17th March. In Ireland, Saint Patrick's Day is both a public and religious holiday to honor the patron Saint of Ireland and is credited with introducing Christianity to the pagan Irish people.

St Patrick's Day Recipes - Celebrations
Various celebrations occur all over the world, not just in Ireland on St Patrick's day. In the Caribbean Island of Montserrat, a public holiday is also observed, in fact Montserrat is the only country outside of Ireland that observe the feast of Saint Patrick, it is known as 'The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean'!

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador also celebrates St Patrick's Day as a holiday. Many thousands of Irish people were sent to Montserrat, a former British territory by Oliver Cromwell as political prisoners and were sold as slaves. Many other Irish came to Montserrat from St Kitts in the 1600's. Each year the Island of Montserrat hosts a week long St Patrick's Day festival to celebrate its history and Irish heritage.

Many cities across the globe host huge St Patrick's day celebrations, London, New York and Boston to name just a few!

Ireland - Food

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St Patrick's Day Recipes  - Irish Cookies
Why not try out this great recipe for St Patrick's day, an ideal recipe for kids to try. Use shamrock shaped cookie cutters and green icing or use you own ideas to personalise the cookies, ask you kids to come up with some ideas, turn the baking session into a competition.

St Patrick's Day Recipes - Irish Cookies - Ingredients

450g butter, at room temperature
220g caster sugar
550g plain flour
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

St Patrick's Day Recipes - Irish Cookies - Method

- Preheat the oven to 180c

- Cream the butter in a large bowl or in a food mixer until soft and creamy

- Add caster sugar and continue to beat until the mix is pale

- Sift in the flour and vanilla essence

- Combine the mixture to form a dough

- Lightly dust work surface and roll out dough

- Cut out cookies using a cookie cutter (try using a shamrock shaped cookie cutter!)

- Bake for 13–15 minutes

- Place the cookies to a wire rack to cool

Looking for a St Patrick's day gift? Try wrapping the cookies in cellophane and tie with green, white and gold ribbon, a perfect treat for your friends and family on St Patrick's day!

Traditional Irish Recipes - Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned Beef and cabbage is a traditional American-Irish recipe. The Irish traditionally ate boiled bacon and cabbage but emigrants to America and Canada replaced the bacon with corned beef to create a 'new' traditional Irish dish. Although corned beef was available in Ireland it was often too expensive for the Irish natives. Once they settled in America, they discovered that the salt used to preserve the beef and the beef itself was much cheaper than back home in Ireland, hence the invention of the 'traditional' recipe of Corned Beef and Cabbage.

St Patrick's Day Recipes - Corned Beef and Cabbage - Ingredients
1 onion (medium)
4 large potatoes
1 pound baby carrots
3 cups water
3 chopped garlic cloves
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon black pepper
3lb corned beef
1 cabbage

St Patrick's Day Recipes - Corned Beef and Cabbage - Method
Cut the onion into wedges
Cut the potatoes into quarters
Chop the carrots into small pieces
Cut the cabbage into quarters
Place the Carrots, potatoes and onion in a large casserole dish
Add the water, sugar, garlic, pepper, vinegar and bay leaf
Place the corned beef joint into the pan
Cover with cabbage
Cook until the meat is tender
Don't forget to remove the bay leaf!

Try cooking the ingredients in a slow cooker for a hassle free dish. Add other spice according to taste, all spice, mustard and marmalade are all ways to personalise this recipe as your own.

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