Paddy's Day offering for faeries
In honor of this day many make a soda bread and leave a piece in your garden for the faeries.
Make a cross in the center top with a knife to keep fairies from ruining the bread, and bake for 25 minutes until golden brown.
Serve warm with jam, butter and strong tea.
Fairies prefer theirs with milk.
Though originally a Catholic holy day, St. Patrick's Day has evolved into more of a secular holiday today.
One traditional icon of the day is the shamrock. This stems from an Irish tale that tells how Patrick used the three- leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity of Christian dogma. His followers adopted the custom of wearing a shamrock on his feast day; though why we wear green on this day is less clear.
St. Patrick's Day came to America in 1737, the date of the first public celebration of the holiday in Boston.