I do not know about you, but as a kid my folks always made corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day. Even though the Mrs and I have never celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in that manner… to me it has always seemed the appropriate way. But since we were baptised, the way of the corned beef has definately been on the outs, even if I wanted to go that route for old times sake.
A couple of days ago the following “recipe” came to me via email… not sure if we will rock it that way at our house, but passing it on just the same.
THIS Lenten fare is probably closer to what St. Patrick would have eaten; more so then the food that I grew up celebrating his day
“St. Padrig’s Day Lenten Corned “Beefless” & Cabbage(Vegan)”
The Orthodox Christian Saint Patrick, Bishop and Enlightener of Ireland, departed this life on March 17th (on the Church calendar) in the year 461 AD. St. Patrick’s “Feast Day” always falls within the Orthodox fasting period of Great Lent – so, no “corned beef” (salted beef) is found on our tables! The following is a substitute we came up with one year, in honor of the occasion. We found it to be very tasty when served after Pre-Sanctified Divine Liturgy.
2 Bay Leaves
1 Tbsp. Whole Allspice
1 Tsp. Whole Black Peppercorns
1 Tsp. Whole Mustard Seed
Place the spices in a small cloth bag or piece of secured muslin cloth.
Good, Rich Vegetable Broth or Vegetable Stock
Cook the following vegetable and spices in the vegetable stock:
1 Head Cabbage, Cut into Wedges
1 Lb. Carrots, Cut into thirds
2 Lg. Onions, Cut into Wedges
2 Stalks Celery plus Celery Greens
2 Turnips, Cut into Large Chunks, Optional
Plenty of Salt, to taste
In a separate pot of boiling water, cook:
5 Lbs. Red-skinned Potatoes, Cut into Halves or Quarters
When the vegetables are tender, drain the potatoes. (Save the potato water for vegetable stock or liquid in breads.)
Add and stir into the potatoes:
Fresh Parsley, Minced
1/2 Stick Lenten Margarine
Salt, to taste
Serve the cabbage and other vegetables in their broth.
Serve the potatoes separately.
Have on hand some Fresh Horseradish Sauce.
Serve with Irish Bread & a good Pint of Ale on the side!
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
For some other vegan St. Patrick’s day food ideas, check