"Erin Go Bragh!"
Today I realized, even though I'm half Irish - I know very little about the traditions and symbols of St. Patrick's Day! So, this morning I did a little research for today's blog -
(btw, Erin Go Bragh! means Ireland Forever...)
St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, but his life is kind of a mystery. Many of the stories about him (including the famous account of his banishing all the snakes from Ireland) are false, the result of hundreds of years of storytelling!
Corned Beef and Cabbage anyone?
Tonight, lots of Irish American families will gather to share a "traditional" meal of corned beef and cabbage. Cabbage has long been an Irish food, but corned beef wasn't. At the turn of the century, Irish immigrants living in New York substituted corned beef for Irish bacon to save money. So corned beef it is!
My Mom makes this special Irish meal every year, my Dad loves it. It's a great memory from my childhood. (I'm sure she's making it tonight back at home!) So, tonight I think I'll attempt to make my mom's recipe for my husband. Notice I used the word "attempt". I'm still new to all this cooking stuff... you win some, you lose some. I have a captive taste tester... now that I'm married. Now, he's a SAINT!
Now what about the leprechaun? The little green guys? I found out the leprechaun isn't Irish at all!
These little men are an American invention - but they quickly evolved into an easily recognizable symbol of St. Patrick's Day, and now a symbol of Ireland too. I'm sure they love us for that! (I personally think they are creepy looking! I would prefer not to run into one. EVER! LOL.)
Happy St. Patrick's Day!