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Bergen County Historical Society : Dublin Coddle simple one-pot meal

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Bergen County Historical Society

River Edge Nj, Friday’s Fare from Historic New Bridge Landing Dublin Coddle Though well known for the Dutch who settled here, a large group of Irish names can be found in the old records, and they certainly brought their culture to Bergen County. Coddle, more than likely derived from the French word caudle, means is to cook slowly, gently, and just below the boiling point in a liquid. Seems it was found mentioned in 1651 (no more info on that), and later considered developed during the First Irish Famine 1740-41. Many rural Irish moved into the cities looking for work, this simple one-pot meal could be set up to cook all day, and come home for a good hot meal at day’s end. Meats and vegetables are arranged in layers covered with a liquid, and simply allowed to slow cook all day. Liquid used here is from the meat [bacon and sausage] with a bit of flour, broth, and 12 oz of Guinness. Vegetables; potatoes, onions, and ‘cos had’em on hand – cabbage, carrots and a parsnip with some seasonings then simmered in the pot 3 to 5 hours. Served with some soda bread and pint, a great way to celebrate. Happy St. Patrick’s Day from .

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St.Patrick stained glass

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast–on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

St. Patrick and the First St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people. In the centuries following Patrick’s death (believed to have been on March 17, 461), the mythology surrounding his life became ever more ingrained in the Irish culture: Perhaps the most well known legend is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock.

Since around the ninth or 10th century, people in Ireland have been observing the Roman Catholic feast day of St. Patrick on March 17. Interestingly, however, the first parade held to honor St. Patrick’s Day took place not in Ireland but in the United States. On March 17, 1762, Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City. Along with their music, the parade helped the soldiers reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as with fellow Irishmen serving in the English army.