Somewhere in my ancestry there must be a few Irish aunt, uncles and cousins. I’ve always been a fan of St. Patrick’s Day — don’t ask me why, but my mom would tell you I latched on to the patron saint of Ireland in my very wee years.
I’ve raised my share of shamrocks, cooked an abundance of corned beef and cabbage,* and whipped up a bucketload of colcannon in times past.
One of my very favorite teaching units was the one my teaching partner Dian (Sullivan, of course!) and I did for years with our team. Throughout the study we learned about Ireland’s history, culture, literature and food. Our students ready Nory Ryan’s Song by Patricia Reilly Giff (read this sweet book, y’all) and researched The Great Famine and its implications for our country. Many of them discovered they even had Irish relatives. One year, they even staged their own St. Patrick’s Day parade, complete with costumes and floats!
One of their most favorite activities was preparing a sampling of Irish foods for our all-out Irish luncheon. Staging that taught me that I could probably stage a State dinner! It was messy, but it was such fun.
Even today, I get reminders from many of our students each year around March 17 of how much fun we had.
And if they hear The Unicorn Song, they usually call me!
Everyone needs a few quick bread recipes, right? Here’s a traditional Irish Tea Bread flavored with lemon and caraway rather than dried fruits as are many. This is not a very sweet bread which makes it a perfect pairing with your coffee or tea. It’s delicious on its own, but you can slather it with some yummy Irish Kerrygold Butter as well.
I know that corned beef and cabbage is not truly Irish, but it has become such a traditional dish you should give it a try. Check out my slow cooker version HERE,
Want to know about the history, culture and food of the Irish in Arkansas? Check out my OnlyinArk post HERE and pick up my favorite Irish Beef Stew recipe.
Or, give these delicious Irish Lamb Pasties I developed for Riceland Foods a try. You’ll be so glad you did!
Note: This is not a sponsored post although I’m always open:)