Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy Holiday of Coolness!

Éirinn go Brách!

Today is March 17th. Do you realize how huge this is??
It's St. Patrick's Day, known around this blog as The Holiday of Coolness, known around my house as My Birthday! Around here we celebrate our Irish heritage, cook traditional Irish meals, dance exceptionally awkward jigs, and all in all thoroughly enjoy ourselves.
Whilst I Go Green in a very literal way, sit back, relax and enjoy this year's installment of "Irish Things I Love!"

1--The Music
Fun, traditional music:
(This is the group The High Kings. They specialize in fun arrangements of great traditional Irish music.)
Beautiful, Gaelic music:  (This is the fabulous Cara Dillon. Check out her music, she's amazing.)  
Modern music:

(This is The Script. I posted a song of theirs last year as well. "Live Like We're Dying" was written by Danny O'Donoghue (he's the one in the middle), but most people in the US would be more familiar with Kris Allen's cover of it. [I prefer The Script's version.])


2--The Food
Last year I posted the recipe for Irish soda bread. This year, I'm going with an absolute staple of homespun Irish cuisine, Brown Bread.


Irish Brown Bread
    •    1 cup all-purpose flour
    •    2 cups whole-wheat flour
    •    1/4 cup rolled oats
    •    2 tbsp sugar
    •    1 tsp baking powder
    •    1 tsp baking soda
    •    1/2 tsp salt
    •    1 1/2 tbsp cold butter
    •    1 1/4 cups buttermilk -OR- 1 1/2 cups plain, nonfat yogurt
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.   
  2. Mix all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture is crumb-y. Stir in whole-wheat flour and oats.   
  3. Stir in yogurt. If mixture is too dry to hold together, add more buttermilk a little at a time until the dough just barely holds together. (if using yogurt instead of buttermilk, add milk a little at a time to achieve the same result)
  4. On a lightly floured surface, knead 5 or 6 times. Shape into a ball. Set on a lightly greased baking sheet. Pat into a circle (about 6 or 7 inches across). With a floured knife, cut a large X on top of loaf, cutting about 1/2 way through to the bottom.
  5. Bake until well browned, about 40 minutes

3--The Language
My daughter and I are learning Gaelic. It is a slow process and we can't pronounce it correctly to save our lives, but we're enjoying ourselves. I asked her which of the sentences we worked on this week I should put in the annual It's The Holiday of Coolness/Today is My Birthday post. This was her suggestion:
Tá mé sean.
I didn't know whether to laugh or ground her. (Here's the translation if you're interested.)




4--Irish Blessings
I will close out this year's Holiday of Coolness post with the same Irish blessing I post every year (because it's that good!)

May those who love us, love us.
And for those who don't love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He can not turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles,
So we may know them by their limping.



Happy Holiday of Coolness, everyone!

8 comments:

Donna K. Weaver said...

I love that video of the High Kings. I'm going to have to listen to more of their music.

Irish Brown Bread is so yummy. I even remember how much weight I gained when I visited last April. Such a beautiful country. At least on this day, I don't have to pretend to be Irish. =D

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day and Birthday. Thank you for the wonderful music! Enjoy the day!

MKHutchins said...

Just because I think you'd appreciate it...did you know there's a Society for the Preservation of Traditional Irish Soda Bread (http://www.sodabread.info/)? I'm looking forward to enjoying some Irish food today, too. And Happy Birthday!

Wendy A. Jones said...

Your daughter reminds me of my kids.

(Is that good, or are we both doomed?)

Happy birthday!

Sarah M Eden said...

Donna -- You should definitely check out the High Kings. They have some great stuff.

Kim -- Thanks!

MKHutchins -- That is awesome. I love Irish soda bread!

Wendy -- Doomed. Definitely doomed.

Rebecca H. Jamison said...

Happy Birthday, Sarah. I love your enthusiasm. That's cool you and your daughter are learning Gaelic.

Julie Daines said...

I'm a little late to this party, but Happy Birthday. We take St. Patrick's Day pretty seriously around our house too. If you like instrumental Irish music, like the Uillleann pipes or the Irish whistle, I recommend Lunasa or Joanie Madden.

Taffy said...

Happy Cool Holiday! I have an Irish SIL on both sides of the family and they are just as spunky as you are!
Rachel is shorter than you! My birthday gift to you :)

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