Welcome to my first ever hosting of a blogging carnival.
I hope you will enjoy your visit here.
Even if you have no obvious connection with Ireland, as the sign about the Guiness Museum in Dublin says
Growing up here in Northern Ireland, I never really celebrated the day. We did not get the day off school unless our school happened to be in the Rugby School’s Cup Final.
I hate to dissilusin you, but I first heard about
- wearing green to avoid being pinched
- eating corned beef and cabbage
- having leprechauns playing tricks and turning the milk green
all here in blog-land since I started blogging. I think all the leprechauns are too busy playing tricks in the rest of the world to have time to do anything here! I don’t know of anyone here who does these things.
The only corned beef here is a cheep (and in my opinion – nasty) tinned meat which I would never serve to anyone. I have seen some delicious recipes on-line for an altogether different dish, which I would love to try some time. I did serve cabbage with our roast chicken dinner last night!
However last year I went with my husband and son into Belfast to see the St Patrick’s Day carnival, and that is my plan for today as well. Pics of the parade will follow.
Last week on my blog I posted a photo of 3 types of northern irish bread and asked if you knew what they were.
Soda Bread (Leanne has a great recipe here). This is lovely with butter and raspberry jam, toasted with melted cheddar cheese, or fried and part of an Ulster Fry
Potato Bread. A very unique taste and texture (but in a good way!) and no Ulster Fry is complete without it.
Wheaten Bread. Lovely served with a bowl of vegetable broth. I will ask my Mum for her recipe and share it on my blog soon.
In the mean time I hope you will join in the fun. If you have a blog, and write a post about any way in which you celebrate, or don’t celebrate (!) St Patrick’s Day which includes a link back to this blog, then please add it to Mr Linky below.
A few wee rules
1. Family friendly posts only please
2. Link to the specific St Patrick’s Day post, not just to your blog. Please mention my carnival and link back to my master list here. (Empty links will be deleted).
3. Have fun.
Mr Linky will be up until Saturday 21st.
Prize winners will be chosen at random and announced on Sunday. To win leave a comment, telling me what you do to celebrate St Patricks Day, or just if you don’t. Those who join in with Mr Linky get an additional entry (but no need to comment twice),
The prizes – updated – now 12 prizes in total
- A $15 voucher for Katie Hadfield’s Digital Scrapbooking Store at The Lily-Pad (I love her doodles)
- A personalised necklace from The Vintage Pearl (visit her store – she has many gorgeous items)
- 2 linen glass clothes
- a linen scrim
- 3 irish books – Irish Baking, Irish Sayings, Celtic Blessings
- an irish linen hanky
So are you ready?