Monday, March 16, 2009
Saint Patrick is a Patron Saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick's Day is observed on March 17th. It is a religious celebration and feast day for the anniversary of St. Patrick's death during the 5th century. Irish have long observed this day for over 1000 years. St. Patrick's Day occurs during the Christian season of Lent. Irish families would traditionally attend church in the a.m. and celebrate in the afternoon. Lent prohibited consumption of meat and was waived. Then people would dance, drink and feast on the traditional meal of Irish Bacon and Cabbage, alongside Soda Bread and Apple Cake.
Saint Patrick's Day is still a celebration today, but has long taken on an appearance of green day... signifying the Clover Leaf and Ireland.
However, some of us just like to observe the day by feasting on green foods and wearing green so we don't get pinched.
Here is a sample menu for a wonderful Vegetarian meal in celebration of Saint Patrick's Day!
- Artichoke and Spinach Quiche with Corn Hollandaise Sauce alongside Wild Rice and Asparagus Spears.
- Dessert: Chocolate and Mint Mousse Parfait, Layered among Newman O's, and garnished with Tru-Whipped Creme.
* Recipe for dessert will be posted tomorrow afternoon*
Enjoy the day! Drink Responsibly! Don't get Pinched!