You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! But I’m wondering just how many of you know the whole “story” behind this legendary saint. I found some fascinating trivia to share. Who was the man behind St. Patrick’s Day? He wasn’t even Irish.
St. Patrick was born in Britain around A.D. 390 to an aristocratic Christian family with a townhouse, a country villa, and plenty of slaves.
Patrick professed no interest in Christianity as a young boy. At 16 he was kidnapped and sent overseas to tend sheep as a slave in Ireland for seven years. While he was there, he converted to Christianity. He eventually wound up back in Ireland, was ordained and spent the rest of his life converting the Irish to Christianity.
Banished the snakes. The St. Patrick mythology includes the claim that he banished snakes from Ireland. But guess what? There were no snakes in Ireland, but since snakes represent eval, the symbol is that he drove the old, evil, pagan ways out of Ireland and brought in Christianity.
Color Green. Believe it or not, the color of St. Patrick was not actually green, but blue! It became green because Ireland is green all year. It is said that it also brings good luck, especially when worn on St. Patrick’s Day.
Celtic Cross. Saint Patrick was familiar with the Irish language and culture, because of his time as a slave there. When Patrick went back to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity, he was successful because he didn’t try to make the Irish forget their old beliefs. He combined their old beliefs with the new beliefs.
One example of this is the Celtic Cross. Saint Patrick added the sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross, so that the new symbol of Christianity would be more natural to the Irish.
Shamrock. “Shamrock” is the common name for three-leafed clovers native to Ireland.The shamrock was chosen Ireland’s national emblem because of the legend that St. Patrick had used it to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity.
Patrick showed the meaning of the Three-in-One by picking a shamrock from the grass growing at his feet and showing it to his listeners. He told them that just as the shamrock is one leaf with three parts, God is one entity with three Persons.
GUINNESS CARAMELIZED ONION & CHEDDAR QUICHE
Can’t wait to try this from the Catholic Cuisine website. I’ll be adapting it only slightly.
1 cup extra sharp or Irish cheddar, grated – I’ll use extra sharp
1/2 large onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup Guinness beer
1 cup spinach, chopped (or combo spinach and kale)
1 small potato, diced – I’ll use a medium red potato
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup milk
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Saute onions over medium heat in olive oil and cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Pour Guinness into the pan, stir and cover. Let cook for 15 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Place diced potatoes in another greased pan, and cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes.
Beat eggs, add milk and mix. Add cheese, onions, potatoes, greens, salt and pepper. Mix together and pour into greased or sprayed pie pan. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
THREE INGREDIENT SHAMROCK COOKIES
These are fun to make with the little ones. So easy with refrigerated cookie dough. Now if you want to make “from scratch” cookies, check out my shortbread recipe on this site.
1 roll, 16.5 oz, Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup green sugar OR
1 container store bought frosting mixed with 1 cup confectioner’s sugar and colored green, if you like.
Preheat oven to 350. Put dough in bowl and break it into chunks. Stir or knead in flour.
Shape dough into 70 (3/4-inch) balls; reserve 7 balls. Roll each of the remaining balls in green sugar. (Or leave plain and frost later).
To form each shamrock, place 2 balls with sides touching and 1 ball at the top on ungreased cookie sheets.
For stems, divide each reserved ball into 3 pieces. Roll each piece into ball, then in green sugar if using; shape into a triangle. Place 1 triangle pointed side up at bottom of each cookie between 2 balls for stem.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set.
Even easier: Roll dough out and cut out with shamrock cutter.