Celebrating St. Patrick's Day
25 FEB 2021
St. Patrick’s Day observes of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The holiday has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking and a whole lot of green.
Leprechauns were first written about in old Irish fables, so it makes sense that they'd be associated with a holiday dedicated to Irish culture. The leprechaun story says capturing these small creatures will secure a little “luck of the Irish”.
The shamrock, a three-leaf clover, has been associated with Ireland for centuries. It is considered a sacred plant that symbolizes the arrival of spring. Legend says that each leaf of the clover has a meaning: Hope, Faith, Love and Luck.
Let’s talk favourite foods of Ireland (Search websites for great recipes)
Irish stew is a traditional meal prepared from available, leftover ingredients. Originally, the stew was made only with mutton, onions, potatoes, and sometimes barley, while lamb meat and other root vegetables like carrots, turnips, and parsnips were added later.
Beef and Guinness pie is essentially beef and Guinness stew placed into a pastry base and topped with a pastry lid.
Boxty is a simple Irish potato pancake
Bacon and cabbage is an Irish dish that is traditionally made on St. Patrick's Day. Bacon in the dish refers to cured pork joint from the shoulder, paired with cabbage, and sometimes potatoes, onions, carrots, or turnips.
Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish made by mashing together previously cooked potatoes with kale or cabbage, while the creamy consistency is achieved by adding milk and butter, or cream.
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST IRISH COFFEE
Irish whiskey, Coffee, Brown Sugar and Whipped Cream
- Heat your glass with some boiling water to keep your Irish Coffee warm longer.
- Pour in a measure of Irish whiskey.
- Add coffee.
- Add in a spoonful of brown sugar. Check the bottom of the glass to make sure there are no granules left at the bottom.
- Whisk some cream in a bowl. Don’t whisk the cream too stiffly or you won’t be able to pour it.
- Slowly layer the whipped cream over a spoon, pour the cream gently to ensure it doesn’t sink into the coffee.
Find a cozy seat beside a warm fire on a winter day… Now sit back and relax as the cool cream mixes with the warm Irish whiskey & coffee and enjoy!
Beverly Finlayson, Clubhouse Manager