Welcome to the 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Blog Crawl
hosted by Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen
No matter what our heritage most of us feel a wee bit Irish on St. Paddy’s Day. Kathleen throws a great party and I encourage you to visit her for Irish music, food, recipes and her beautiful tablescapes. She has even written a poem for us and is having a giveaway that I know everyone will want to enter. Join the party to celebrate the feast day of our beloved St. Patrick, discover wonderful Irish recipes and make some new friends.
Both my great-great-grandfather, William Ross Wallace, and my great-great-grandmother, Catherine Irwin, were born in Belfast, Ireland in 1834. Their families were potato famine refugees who emigrated to the United States in the 1850′s. My great grandmother, Catherine Wallace, was born here in Portland, Oregon, in 1869, and the Willamette Valley has been our family home ever since. I have always identified more with my German heritage than Irish, but on St. Patrick’s Day I enjoy wonderful memories of my great grandmother’s corn beef and cabbage and colcannon. I can hear her signing “Wearin’ of the Green” as she puttered in the kitchen and even now, after so many years, I could sing the lyrics right along with her.
- 3 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
- 4 ounces sliced bacon, cut into ½-inch dice
- 6 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 small head cabbage, thinly sliced
- ½ to 1 cup milk, scalded
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook potatoes in a pot of salted water until fork tender. Drain well.
- Saute bacon until almost crisp. Add green onions and saute another minute. Add cabbage and cook until barely tender.
- Put drained hot potatoes through a ricer or mash with potato masher. Slowly stir in hot milk until potatoes reach the desired consistency. Add butter and cabbage mixture.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
Add shredded cabbage to the onion, bacon mixture and saute until the cabbage is cooked but still crisp. I prefer colcannon that is mostly cabbage and add only enough riced potatoes to hold the mixture together.
I served colcannon this week with smoked pork chops from the local German deli. I always make corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s day itself and enjoy other Irish recipes on the days leading up the 1 7th. Leftover colcannon makes delicious potato pancakes.
Corned beef and cabbage is one of my favorite meals of the year and I always serve it
with horseradish cream sauce recipe that I found at How To Cook A Wolf.
Irish soda bread spread with a little butter and jam is delicious with a mid-afternoon cup of tea. I love this recipe by Ina Garten that can be found on the Food Channel.
Here is a little Irish trivia for you if you happen to be on Jeopardy on St. Patrick’s Day or if you get into a trivia contest with friends you will be prepared to impress.
St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD. It is also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, and a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The actual color of St. Patrick is blue. Green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day during the 19th century. Green, in Irish legends, was worn by fairies and immortals, and also by people to encourage their crops to grow.
St. Patrick did not actually drive snakes out of Ireland; the snakes represent the pagans that he converted to Christianity.
The very first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not in Ireland. It was in Boston in 1737.
In Chicago, on St. Patrick’s Day, the rivers are dyed green. Mayor Daley is also of Irish descent.
In Seattle, there is a ceremony where a green stripe is painted down the roads.
Most Catholics attend mass in the morning and then attend the St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Shamrocks are worn on the lapel on this day.
In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps. Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and girls wear green ribbons in their hair
Many young people dye their hair green for the special day.
Many people wear green on this holiday to avoid being pinched.