St. George's Day - Fire Breathing Recipes Worthy Of Dragon Slayers

Saint George, the patron saint of England, was a Roman soldier who according to legend, slayed the dragon that guarded the only well in the Libyan town of Silene, heroically saving the life of the princess who was due to be sacrificed. 

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    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Often presumed to be of English heritage, St George was actually born in Cappadocia (modern day Turkey) and it is thought he might never have even visited England! At the time, Diocletian was persecuting Christians, and George (Georgios) is said to have refused to give up his Christian faith despite the fate that awaited him. Believed to have been executed for his refusal to take part in a pagan ritual, St George is said to have died in 303AD in Lydda (Israel). His reputation for virtue spread across Europe and his feast day has been celebrated annually from the 9th century onwards, on April 23rd, the date of his death.
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    ​​​​​​​Where is St George's day celebrated?

    ​​​​​​​Not just unique to England, there are many countries that share St George’s Day. To name but a few traditions in other countries: -

    • ​​​​​​​R​​​​oasting a whole lamb is customary in Bulgaria, as well as an early morning walk, as the occasion is seen as ‘a day when evil enchantments can be broken, and a blessed day when the saint blesses the crop and morning dew.’ 
    • Also enjoying roast lamb in Croatia and Slovenia, the holiday is considered an important celebration of the return of springtime. 
    • In Albania, tradition is to build a fire and play around it. Celebrated a little later, in May, and known as ‘Shen Gjergji’ or ‘Shengjergji’, Albanians celebrate the blessing of God, as well as singing songs about St George. 
    • In Catalonia, Spain, the celebration of St George (or Saint Jordi) honours a public holiday similar to that of Valentine’s Day, whereby lovers exchange roses and books, and the streets come alive with Catalonian street food, as well as flower and book sellers. 
    • And, have you spotted it? The Barcelona football club badge also features the St George’s cross​​

      Why is St George’s Day celebrated? 

      Not so synonymous with partying like St Patrick’s Day, in more normal times, St George’s Day is often marked by flying the St George’s flag, with Morris dancing, and Punch and Judy shows being just two of the quintessentially British traditions. ​​​
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      ​​​​​​​How to celebrate this St George's Day!

      Whilst there won’t be any grand parades just now, we can now meet another household outdoors, pop to the local for an al fresco pint, or get the kids involved in some crafts at home to mark the occasion.

      Here are a few ideas to get the kids into the spirit of St George’s Day.
      1. A Dragon Pencil Pot to brighten up the desk and look after those pesky rollaway pens and pencils. 
      2. A St George’s Cross flag to wave in celebration using tissue, paint, and a bamboo stick.
      3. A St George’s Spoon Pal to decorate and play with
      4. A Fire Breathing Dragon to blast some life back into a used kitchen towel inner.
      5. Downloadable Poster to distract the children for a couple of hours.

      St George's Day Recipes

      And of course, a feast worthy of dragon slayers, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite recipes for a fine old St George’s Day fiesta!​​​​​
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      APERITIFS
      There are many typically English drinks such as mead or Pimm’s, but if you fancy a themed cocktail to get you into the swing, why not try your hand at shaking up some fire breathing St George’s Day cocktails such as the Flaming Angry Dragon, or The Mother of All Dragons.
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      Love soup? Love cheese? Love cauliflower? This irresistible Cauliflower Cheese Soup topped with crunchy croutons combines all three. Yum! Thank you to the BBC for this delicious savoury recipe. ​​
      MAINS
      Make the whole family’s mouths water with this stress-free lamb with mint recipe, complete with an accompanying dish of perfectly puffed Yorkshire puddings and some perfect roast potatoes. Or, if you’d prefer a vegetarian dish, why not try this Veggie toad-in-the-hole?​​​​​​
      PUDDING 
      We’re just pudding this out there, this Berry British Trifle sounds scrumptious and is the perfect dessert to involve the kids by decorating the top with a patriotic flag design.​
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