As you probably know already, Saint Patrick's Day was made a Christian feast day back in the 17th century. Saint Patrick was (is) the patron saint of Ireland. He is thought to have died on the 17th March, lending that date to the annual festival. Saint Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and whilst it is a religious holiday, it is also about celebrating the heritage and culture of Ireland more generally. So, there is rather more to it than alcohol and green...
Mr Bite and I are actually heading to Ireland this Thursday night (I am very excited!), driven by a desire to see the country, the convenient 1 hour flight time from London, and the need to use up annual leave by the end of this month (the end of the financial year in the UK). There is quite a different approach to holidays here than in Australia: we can't carry our leave over from year to year or have it paid out. Combined with quick travel times to much of the northern hemisphere, there is a real culture of people taking regular short breaks. I rather like it.
In honour of Saint Patrick's Day and our upcoming visit across the Irish sea, I am sharing a recap of 6 green recipes from Bite-Sized Thoughts. They vary in vibrancy, but I think you'll agree that all are at least green tinged!
1. Avocado scones with hemp seeds. Avocado is the sole source of fat for these fluffy scones.
2. Apple, zucchini and sultana loaf. A green flecked, whole foods loaf that is delicious for breakfast or snacking.
3. Sun dried tomato and mushroom zucchini noodles. A classic zucchini noodle dish.
4. Asian spiced tofu with green tea soba noodles. An alternative green spaghetti dish is the one pictured at the top of this post, which made use of spinach spaghetti.
5. Ginger and mesquite green smoothie. Or any green smoothie.
6. Green ice cream. Spinach in dessert form!
Are you celebrating Saint Patrick's Day?
Or what green foods are you enjoying at the moment?