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    Editors Note
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    A St. Patrick's Day Tea Party

    Did you know that tea is the favorite drink of the Irish people? It is followed by a very close second to the stout Irish beer, Guinness.

    The people of Ireland consume more tea per capita than any country in the world. They take their tea very seriously.

    St. Patrick's Day is one of the few holidays that there is no gift expectation. It is a few days before spring so the weather is starting to change, crocus may be starting to pop out. Winter is on its way out and everyone is in a mood to celebrate.

    Hosting an Irish tea party for St. Patrick's Day is a great way to learn about the Irish traditions and have fun with friends.

    Try you hand at making Irish Soda Bread to serve your guests. This is a staple of the Irish people.

    You will need:

    4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
    3 tablespoons sugar
    3 teaspoons baking powder
    3/4 teaspoon baking soda
    6 tablespoons cold butter
    1 cups raisins
    1 tablespoon caraway seeds
    2 eggs, beaten
    1 1/2 cups buttermilk

    1. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the raisins and caraway seeds. Set aside 1 tablespoon beaten egg. In a bowl, combine buttermilk and remaining eggs; stir into crumb mixture just until flour is moistened (dough will be sticky). Turn onto a well-floured surface; knead about 10 times. Shape into a ball.
    2. Place in a greased 9-in. round baking pan. Cut a 4-in. X, 1/4-in. deep, in the center of the ball. Brush the top with reserved egg. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cover loosely with foil during the last 20 minutes if top browns too quickly. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to a wire rack to cool completely.

    I tried Irish Soda bread last year for the first time and liked it suprisingly well. It was from a well know bakery in New Jersey where I live. This year I plan to try the recipe above which I found on allrecipes.com. It got very good reviews from others who had tried it. I can't wait to see if I agree with everyone else.

    Of course, even easier would be to purchase a mix from Shop Irish on line store in the left collumn.

    Don't forget to share your pictures, recipes and stories of you party ideas with us here. We have come up with our own Irish tea party. You may enjoy reading about it on our web site.

    Health Benefits of Drinking Parsley Tea

    Do you know the benefits of parsley tea? This was used as one of the common herbal tea remedies in the past. Do you have it growing on your window sill or in your herb garden?

    Parsley tea has been used for its therapeutic properties for centuries. The parsley plant, also known as Petroselinum crispus, is the most easily identified of all herbs. It name is from the Greek word meaning "rock celery" (it is a relative of celery). It can be found in the produce departments around the world.

    This is probably the most familiar garnish used for plating food attractively. There are two common varieties of parsley: curly and flat leaf (Italian) parsley. The Italian variety is more fragrant and has less bitter taste than the curly variety.

    Read more about what we have to say about parsley tea on our web site.

    I hope you will share with me and our readers about the herbs you love to grow and how and why you use that herb. If you have anything to share, you can do it here


    Collecting China Tea Sets May Interest You

    Want to start collecting China Tea Sets? Consider beautiful Royal Albert china tea sets If you have never been enticed by a display of Royal Albert's Old Country Roses teacups and teapots, and felt compelled to stop, admire, and touch one of these elegant pieces, then you simply must give yourself this special treat. This delicately beautiful pattern of red, yellow, and pink roses draws you in. You can almost smell them. Their inherent charm is undoubtedly why they are such a favorite with collectors. This pattern, with its fine selection of china tea sets, saucers, tea pots, creamers, covered sugar bowls, and serving trays, is a collector's dream Read more


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