"I bind unto myself the Name/ the strong name of the Trinity/ by invocation of the same/ the Three in One and One in Three/ of Whom all nature hath creation/ Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:/ Praise to the Lord of my salvation/ Salvation is of Christ the Lord." - from St. Patrick's "Breastplate" prayer
St. Patrick's Day celebrates the man who brought Christianity to Ireland. For my family, it's always been a feast day, even though we're not practicing Catholics.
Our menu always includes:
- Baked Ham
- Irish Soda Bread
Another Irish cookbook I've recently come across is "the Irish Isle" which has many Irish menus, and includes a CD of Irish music.
|the Shamrock became a symbol of the Trinity when Christianity was brought to Ireland|
Irish Soda Bread has been varied and changed many times over the years. The original stuff is very hearty and brown, with little or no sugar, and no fruit or frosting (I recently came across something in the market that was white, filled with raisins and currants and whatnot, covered in some kind of hard icing and marked "Irish Soda Bread." My inward response doesn't bear repeating here). A good recipe for it can also be found in the "Irish Farmhouse Cookbook."
|an example of real Irish Soda Bread|
So, whether you're actually Irish or not, dipping into the culture and dishes on St. Patrick's Day can be a culinary adventure.