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PostSubject: Happy St. Paddy's Day - Wearing Blue Today??   Thu 17 Mar 2011, 13:28

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Originally, the colour associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years the colour green and its association with Saint Patrick's day grew. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick's Day as early as the 17th century. He is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and the wearing and display of shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs have become a ubiquitous feature of the day.

In the 1798 rebellion, in hopes of making a political statement, Irish soldiers wore full green uniforms on 17 March in hopes of catching public attention. The phrase "the wearing of the green", meaning to wear a shamrock on one's clothing, derives from a song of the same name.

I don't know where it is being celebrated around here today in public, if anywhere. If you can find some corned beef to cook-up finding repollo ought to be easy. I saw some fairly exotic brews at Superama yesterday, no Guinness Stout though. Any good cerveza should do just fine though.

Enjoy the day. BTW it's OK to wear green.

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PostSubject: Re: Happy St. Paddy's Day - Wearing Blue Today??   Thu 17 Mar 2011, 15:44

I've cured and cooked corned beef brisket here a couple of times in the last 5 years. Not at Sat Pat's Day, though.
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PostSubject: Re: Happy St. Paddy's Day - Wearing Blue Today??   Thu 17 Mar 2011, 15:55

Don Cuevas wrote:
I've cured and cooked corned beef brisket here a couple of times in the last 5 years. Not at Sat Pat's Day, though.

I would almost consider making a trip to the US for a good corned beef or pastrami sandwich. Almost. Economics would not be the issue that prevents me from making the trip. Worse than that.

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PostSubject: Re: Happy St. Paddy's Day - Wearing Blue Today??   Thu 17 Mar 2011, 18:29

That corned beef or pastrami sandwich that you crave is more of a Jewish thing than any basis with the Irish. In fact, the Irish traditions do not include Corned Beef and Cabbage for St. Paddy's Day. This so called tradition is commonly attributed to Irish-Americans and was developed on this side of the big pond.
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PostSubject: Re: Happy St. Paddy's Day - Wearing Blue Today??   Thu 17 Mar 2011, 18:43

cheenagringo wrote:
That corned beef or pastrami sandwich that you crave is more of a Jewish thing than any basis with the Irish.

tha's OK, it doesn't have to be kosher. Would like something more than a six-pack and a boiled potato though.

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PostSubject: Re: Happy St. Paddy's Day - Wearing Blue Today??   Thu 17 Mar 2011, 20:21

Not to rub it in or anything but I was just informed that we are having Grilled Pastrami Paninis with cole slaw for dinner. I am wearing blue and Kathy is wearing green.
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PostSubject: Re: Happy St. Paddy's Day - Wearing Blue Today??   Thu 17 Mar 2011, 20:23

cheenagringo wrote:
Not to rub it in or anything but I was just informed that we are having Grilled Pastrami Paninis with cole slaw for dinner. I am wearing blue and Kathy is wearing green.

Good comeback. Touche!

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PostSubject: Corned Beef vs Pastrami   Thu 17 Mar 2011, 20:37

Pastrami can be made at home, also. It's a bit more work than corned beef. It involves a dry cure salt, sugar, and spice rub, a week or two in a plastic bag under refrigeration. Then a few hours of air drying. (I wouldn't try this in the Michoacán rainy season.), then a few hours cold smoking. Afterward, you have to cook it, but it's worth the wait.

I think I read that the Irish have a cured meat equivalent of corned beef back on the Emerald Isle. Pork or mutton?
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PostSubject: Re: Happy St. Paddy's Day - Wearing Blue Today??   Thu 17 Mar 2011, 21:09

From my reading on the topic, since I was curious, it was a pork product along the lines of ham. The Irish in the US couldn't find a similar product from pork and turned to beef.

Not that I am trying to compete with the Dawg, I do remember that my mother created corned beef from water buffalo meat when we lived in India. With the restrictions on beef, cows were not allowed to be slaughtered until they reached 13 years old. So water buffalo was the replacement meat for us beef eaters. Water buffalo required a great deal of doctoring. Wine or beer would have been great for marinades but there was a prohibition on alcohol. Homemade beet or potato wine worked but you would go straight to jail without passing go if caught!
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