We enjoy celebrating Saint Patrick. Being a sterio-typical home school mom, I get giddy about rediscovering our heritage and turning anything possible into a (hopefully) enjoyable learning experience. Saint Patrick's story is truly beautiful. This Scotsman of high-ranking blood was held captive by the Irish for several years. Eventually, he escaped, only to be divinely called back to the Irish to share the Gospel to his old enemies. Instead of being offended by their ugly druid culture, he used several of their symbols to help them understand the Truth. Many were lead to the LORD through Saint Patrick's love and obedience to his calling. To read more about Saint Patrick, check this site out or do a Google search of your own.
If you didn't get the chance to cure your own corned beef or ferment your own sauerkraut in honor of Saint Patrick this Saturday, you're not alone. At this point, driving to the butcher feels overwhelming to me, but I'm going to try to push through (or beg a friend to make the trip for me), because Kent the grass-fed beef butcher makes a mean corned beef and I can't stop thinking about it.
Here are a few simple, real food recipes we are using or have used in the past on Saint Patrick's day:
- Organic Gardening has a yummy-looking corned beef and cabbage recipe that I'd like to try this year.
- I use this colcannon recipe every year and we love it.
- We made this grain-free Irish soda bread (pictured above) last year and plan to make it again. It's delicious!
- I haven't tried this yet, but this Paleo Shamrock Shake might make a lovely closer for the feast.