Wearing Green: Reefs’s St. Patrick Day Traditions & Recipes

Samantha Miragliotta, SMALL COPY EDITOR

     For centuries holiday traditions have played a huge part in people’s families. Celebrating holidays, especially St. Patrick’s Day is a great way to bring people together. For sophomore Reef Ostendorf, it definitely does. Every year Reef visits her cousins and family for the holidays, and their yearly traditions are to always wear green and eat Irish-inspired foods.

     Each St. Patrick’s Day, Reef and her extended family including her aunts, uncles, and cousins participate in cooking one dish for their family dinner, where they each must wear a green shirt to show their holiday spirit and eat Irish dishes. Through this annual reunion, her family comes together to celebrate and share this amazing holiday and enjoy each other’s company. Reef is American but her family is originally from several places around the world such as Poland, Italy, and Russia. Reef’s Irish background and traditions are something that has been passed down from generations. 

   Reef says that “[She] enjoys [her] annual St. Patrick’s day family traditions and allows [her] to stay connected with [her] loved ones and have lots of fun!” Family traditions or spending time with your family is a great way to bond and build relationships. With Reefs’s family traditions she can build connections and bonds with her family during the holidays but also have an enjoyable family dinner while wearing green. 

     While Reef Ostendorf loves to hold this annual tradition, she also shares with us one of her favorite family recipes that he says you can not celebrate this holiday without having  Irish-inspired foods like corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, and her famous Irish soda bread.

      Here is her fun twist on your favorite bread that should only take as little as about ten minutes to make. They are a huge hit with Reef’s family and friends and this recipe is perfect for St. Patrick Day as it is an Irish-inspired dish. We hope you enjoy it!

Soda Bread Recipe

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 45 min

Makes: 1 large loaf

List of Ingredients: 

  • I250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 250g wholemeal flour
  • 150g jumbo oat flakes
  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 tbsp black treacle
  • 500ml buttermilk (or milk)
  1. Heat the oven to 200C/390F/gas mark 6. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Make a well in the center, then pour in the honey, treacle, and buttermilk, working the mix together lightly to obtain a loose, wet dough.
  3. With floured hands, shape into a round and lift onto the baking sheet. Mark a cross in the top with a knife and bake for around 45 minutes, or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on its base.
  4. Transfer to a wire rack, drape with a slightly damp cloth, and leave to cool.