There’s something so special to me about St. Patrick’s Day. I could say it has something to do with my Irish heritage but it’s not like I was born in Ireland or have any immediate family who was. For me, it has more to do with the fact that somehow, some major life events have ended up happening this time of year. Lee and I got married March 20th (10 years next week!!), we moved into our home on St. Patrick’s Day three years ago, and I found out I was pregnant with Little Miss around this time two years ago. Another significant event tied to it, though, was my diagnosis of Celiac Disease (a little ironic, as Celiac is very prevalent in Northern Europe, especially among the Irish).
Prior to my diagnosis, Lee and I would celebrate St. Pat’s with a corned beef & swiss sandwich on Sourdough and he, a Guinness (I could never handle Guinness so I opted for a bottle of Killian’s Irish Red) and we’d watch a good Irish movie. Nothing too fancy but it was a neat (and yummy) tradition that made us feel like we were participating in the celebration a little.
Well those of you who know anything about gluten-free living know that the diagnosis rocked my little tradition’s world. A year into healing my gut, St. Patrick’s Day was on the horizon and I was so sad, wondering…what are we going to eat?
I decided I was going to replicate our sandwich the best I could. I still had my corned beef (thank you, Boar’s Head for being gluten-free when most lunch meats are not!), I found a DIY recipe for 1000 Island, and I sacrificially (sigh…) gave up on the dream of real bread and settled for the best gluten-free loaf I could find. I have seen recipes floating around Pinterest for gluten-free Sourdough and it is on my list to try. Until then, the whole grain gluten-free bread at Aldi’s probably makes the best substitute.
As for the beer, I’ve tried Red Bridge and it’s okay but I usually just treat myself to a REAL cream soda.
And we still watch Irish movies because they’re naturally gluten-free…;).
Here’s our top Irish movie picks:
Erin go bragh! 🙂
Serve with kettle cooked salt & vinegar chips and a pickle.
Do you celebrate any St. Patrick’s Day traditions?
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