March 17th will be St. Patrick's Day, so thought would post some history and some foods. St. Patrick was born near Dumbarton, Scotland in 387 A.D. When he was 16, he was captured by Irish marauders and sold as a slave to a Druid chief in Ireland. He worked for six years as a swineherd and mastered the Celtic language, He then escaped back to Scotland. He entered religious life at the monastery of St. Martin at Tours, France. He stayed there eighteen years, becoming a priest and then a bishop. Pope Celestine I, named him Patricius and sent him to Ireland in 432. He eventually converted the Druid who originally owned him and converted many to Christianity. The shamrock evolved as the national symbol of Ireland because Patricius used it to illustrate the concept of the Holy Trinity. He died on March 17, 463 (or 465) A.D. St. Patrick's day has been celebrated for hundreds of years. In Savannah, Georgia the Hibernian Society has been keeping St. Patrick's Day since 1812. It is one of the South's most notable. A Savannah Irish dinner characterizes the simplicity of traditional Irish food. Potatoes and Soda Bread are always served. Irish Soda Bread Recipe 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/4 cup butter, softened 3 cups whole wheat flour 1 2/3 cups buttermilk Sift together all purpose flour, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in whole wheat flour, mixing well. Add buttermilk, stirring until the dry ingredients are thoroughly moistened. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead about 5 minutes. Shape dough into a round loaf; place on a greased baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross 1/4 inch deep on the top of loaf; lightly sprinkle cross with flour. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from baking sheet, and cool completely on wire rack. From: "The Southern Heritage Celebrations Cookbook", Oxmoor House, Birmingham. Alabama,1983.