Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Ides of March....

Saint Patrick's Day , St. Paddy's Day or Paddy's Day, is an annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick (circa 385–461 AD), one of the patron saints of Ireland, and is generally celebrated on March 17. Normally people who are Irish celebrate with corn beef and wearing green. Green is for good luck. Luck o' the Irish It became a feast day in the Roman Catholic Church due to the influence of the Waterford-born Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding[1] in the early part of the 17th century, and is a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics in Ireland

Oh Danny boy,
the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side
The summer's gone, and all the flowers are dying
'tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide. But come you back when summer's in the meadow
Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow '
tis I'll be there in sunshine or in shadow
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so. And if you come, when all the flowers are dying
And I am dead, as dead I well may be
You'll come and find the place where I am lying
And kneel and say an "Ave" there for me. And I shall hear, tho' soft you tread above me
And all my dreams will warm and sweeter
be If you'll not fail to tell me that you love me
I simply sleep in peace until you come to me
Irish Soda Bread
Ingredients 4 tablespoons sweet butter, softened ½ cup sugar 2 large eggs 4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1½ cups buttermilk 1 cup currants Cooking Instructions Butter a cookie sheet. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl beat butter and sugar together to combine. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each additition. In a medium bowl whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to combine. Beginning and ending with flour mixture alternately add flour and buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Stir in currants. On a generously flourered hard surface knead the dough about 4 minutes until smooth and not sticky, adding flour as needed. Form into 7½-inch round. Transfer to prepared cookie sheet. Etch an x in the top of the loaf. Bake about 1 hour 10 minutes or until it sounds hollow when tapped on. Move to a rack to cool completely before slicing.

A Toast from Ireland

May you be poor in misfortune

Rich in blessings

Slow to make enemies

Quick to make friends

But rich or poor, Quick or slow,

May you know nothing but happiness

From this day forward


Suzie said...

Hi, Kate!
I didn't know that Irish people celebrate with corn beef on Saint Patricks Day. Koreans celebrate with rice cake soup on New years day and many asians also believe that green color will bring good luck, health and fortune to them.
I wear my green jade bracelet all the time. hahaha!!
Have a great day, Kate!

gina said...

Hi Kate
I will be celebrating St. Patricks day
Possible menu stuffed cabbage (with corn beef)and loaf of bread.
and maybe clover cookies for dessert.
Great post.

prof en retraite said...

Hi Kate! Being part Irish, I loved your post! Happy St Paddy's day...Debbie