St Patrick's Day can be - and usually is - a long day with all the celebrations. So, make sure you start with a good, hearty breakfast, one that will see you through .... well at least until lunchtime.
A Full Irish Breakfast with bacon, sausages, eggs, potato Fadge, or the famous Boxty, (Irish griddle cakes) to get you started. Add a few slices of Soda Bread or wheaten bread. Wash all this down with, of course, lashings of tea and you will be set up for the day ahead which is always a good idea on Paddy's Day.
St Patrick's is the day for traditional Irish foods, hale and hearty fare to fill stomachs and keep energy levels up. No list of main course recipes would be complete without these dishes. Although in the US it is traditional to eat Corn Beef and Cabbage, there are many other superb Irish dishes to choose from.
Two of Ireland's most famous side dishes work well with all the main courses above. Colcannon and Irish Champ, both make use of Ireland's favourite vegetable, the potato. They are a great way to use potatoes, fresh or left overs.
Watch how to make Colcannon on this short video.
What could be better to bring a waft of sweetness to a St Patrick's Day feast than a slice (or two) of warm Barm Brack one of Ireland's most famous bakery products. The name comes from breac which means speckled, referring to the fruit in the loaf.
Try a Guinness, Orange and Chocolate Cake which makes another great tea time treat or try a plate of delicious Irish Scones. or sexy Baileys Irish Liqueur Cupcakes, yum.
If it's a full-blown pudding that takes your fancy on St Patrick's Day then what could be better than an Irish Liqueur Bread and Butter Pudding. Or for something a touch lighter with an Apple and Barley Pudding. Yum.
There can be no mention of Ireland, or Irish food and drink without a 'Pint of the Black Stuff," and Irish Beer putting in an appearance. Guinness is considered Ireland's national drink and is known around the world.
And of course, there's also Irish Whiskey. Read About Guide to Cocktails, Colleen Graham's wonderful selection of Irish whiskeys and St. Patrick's Day cocktails. They're bound to put you in the mood for a great St Patrick's Day!