The Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural celebration on the day St Patrick passed away on 17th March, in the year 461AD.

It was made official in the early 17th century and is observed over many religions, although it basically commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and the heritage and culture of the Irish people in general.

Celebrations involve parades, festivals, pub crawls, the wearing of green attire and shamrocks. So yes, it’s St Patrick’s Day this Friday, to be sure!

Early Irish cuisine was based on meat, dairy, seafood products and vegetables. After the potato was introduced in the late 16th century, it became a staple food. Even today, few Irish meals are considered complete without potatoes. Fiddly dee potato.

Irish Breakfast:

An Irish breakfast is a hearty start to the day. It often includes steel-cut oatmeal, which is thicker than rolled oats. Scones are another Irish favourite.

Prefer a savoury breakfast? The Irish sometimes eat potato cakes – leftover mashed potatoes with flour patted into a round. Another breakfast favourite is the classic Irish “fry”: fried eggs, rashers (meaty strips of lean bacon), sausages and blood pudding (a sausage made with animal blood). You can round that out with sauteed mushrooms and grilled tomatoes, or simply toast or fried bread. Wash it all down with Irish Breakfast tea with milk and sugar. Even the Irish call this meal “a heart attack on a plate,” but it’s a traditional way to start the day.

Classic Irish Fare:

The Irish are famous for their potatoes. Potatoes simply cooked, wrapped up in foil and put into the fire get a smoky flavour from the ashes. More into mashed potatoes? Colcannon, is made by mashing garlic, kale and cabbage with potatoes. Champ, is made by blending mashed potatoes, eggs and scallions.

Potatoes also play a big role in Irish stews. Beef or lamb is combined with onions, carrots, celery and potatoes in a pot and simmered until thick and rich. Irish soda bread, a quick bread that uses baking soda for leavening, is the perfect accompaniment.

For Irish Fare here in New Zealand, we love Guinness Brownies, Corned Beef. Irish Bread, Irish Pumpkin Pie, Guinness Ice Cream, Beef Casserole and Lamb Shanks!

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To be sure!

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