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Four Ways to Celebrate Irish Culture (page 2)

Four Ways to Celebrate Irish Culture

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Updated on May 21, 2014

Irish Food

While green food coloring may be fun, there’s not much Irish culture in it! A better bet for authenticity, and one less likely to stain your kitchen, is Irish soda bread. Instead of yeast, soda bread uses baking soda and buttermilk to make it rise. Though it has achieved a reputation as a staple of the Irish diet, its origins may be both Irish and American, making it a good taste of both cultures this St. Patrick’s Day.

What You Need:

  • Non-stick spray (optional)
  • Raisins, poppy seeds, caraway seeds, orange zest, etc. for flavor
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 to 1 ½ cups buttermilk

What You Do:

  1. Flour or spray your cake pan and preset the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Combine dry ingredients first (you can add raisins or seeds here for taste), and then stir in buttermilk. The dough will be sticky! If it crumbles easily, add a little more buttermilk.
  3. Knead the dough gently on a floured surface, then shape it into the cake pan.
  4. Finally, slash an “X” into the top with a knife, and bake for about 45 minutes.

Irish Stories

And, of course, one of the best ways to learn about another culture is by reading. Here are some books to help teach your child about Irish culture:

So Far From Home: The Diary of Mary Driscoll, An Irish Mill Girl, Lowell, Massachusetts 1847 by Barry Denenberg This book takes the perspective of a young Irish immigrant girl in a New England mill of the mid-1800’s.

Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine 1845-1850 by Susan Campbell Bartoletti Intended for about grades 4-6, this is the story of the famine that sent so many Irish men and women in search of a new life in America.

A Pot O' Gold: A Treasury Of Irish Stories, Poetry, Folklore, And (of Course) Blarney, by Kathleen Krull and David McPhail From Joyce to Wilde, from limericks to lyrics, this book has it all—and delightful illustrations, too.

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