I blogged last year about St Patrick’s Day, about going back to Ireland to see my side of the family, which was a hoot and which regular readers of this blog know all about.
St Patrick’s Day always falls within Lent, the Catholic period of preparing for Easter. The Lenten period can be marked by giving up something (often favourite foods or drinks), fasting (as in the ‘no meat on Friday’ tradition, which is still huge in Ballarat- I mean, the queue at the fish and chip shop is unbelievable!), and prayer. A couple of lovely ladies, Fiona and Jenelle are marking Lent by blogging about their own journey and reflecting upon their lives.
St Patrick’s Day can be marked by drinking, eating and much merriment, often to excess. Some could say it’s the Irish version of having a mini break from Lent.
I celebrate it usually by baking soda bread, which is a bit like damper and delicious with jam or honey.
- 4 cups flour
- 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 60g butter, cubed
- 2-2 1/4 cups buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 190°C. Line a tray with baking paper. Sift 4 cups flour, 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda and 1 tsp salt into a large bowl.
- Rub in 60g butter, cubed. Mix in 2-2 1/4 cups buttermilk to form a dough. Bring together on a floured surface to form a ball.
- Shape dough into a 20cm round. Place on the tray. Cut a cross in the top. Bake for 35-45 minutes.
- Best eaten within a day- I love it while it’s still a bit warm!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, however you choose to celebrate it!