Sadly we don’t have any Irish connections, so breaking the fast for the feast of Saint Patrick seems a little far fetched, although, as Patrick was sold as a slave and sent off to Ireland from Bristol (where I was bred and my daughters were born) may suffice!
However, if you do have any connections you may like to rustle up one of these Irish dishes:
Chocolate Guinness Cake
As I will be sticking to my fast, we’ll be eating Colcannon and Soda Bread to give a nod to Saint Patrick!
500g bread flour
1 1/2tsp salt
1 1/2tsp bicarbonate soda
500ml buttermilk (I used some ‘undrinkable’ milk that I found at the bottom of the fridge and that worked well. Also fits with the Lenten concept of austerity.)
1. Heat the oven to 200C/Gas6
2. Mix together the flour, salt and bicarb, creating a will or dip in the centre.
3. Pour the buttermilk into the well and mix together – this should make a rough and sticky dough.
4. On a floured surface shape into a round ‘loaf’ – no need to knead!
5. Place on a floured baking tray, flatten to 2in/5cm thick and using a knife mark a deep cross in the surface.
6. Bake for 30-35 minutes ( a little longer if you forget to flatten the loaf before cooking). If you need to return it to the oven, cover with foil to prevent from over-browning. You will know when it is cooked by the hollow tap on the bottom, and a clean skewer coming out.