St Patrick’s Day Recipes

It’s St Patrick’s Day on Monday, so here are a couple of ideas to help you celebrate.  They’re not green, but they are Irish, so it still counts – and even better, they are FAILSAFE.  The Apple/Pear Barley Pudding is really delicious, and if you have the time or inclination, can be be presented very fancily.  The Irish Potato Bread is easy to make and is great as a side dish or with eggs for breakfast.

To get the “green” effect, try serving these recipes in green dishes, or decorate the table in green (table cloths, serviettes, etc.).

Apple or Pear Barley Pudding (Two Ways)

Serves 6
Prep time 2 hours, 30 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 3 hours
Allergy / Intolerance Amines, Artificial Addititives, Artificial Colours, Egg, Glutamates, Preservatives, Salicylates, Wheat
Suitable for RPAH Elimination Diet - Low Chemical / Failsafe, RPAH Elimination Diet - Moderate Chemical, Salicylate Challenge
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Region Irish
Irish apple barley pudding, alternatively with pear.


  • 700g pears or Red/Golden Delicious apples
  • 4 heaped tablespoons pearl barley
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice substitute (Refer to recipe)
  • 4 cups water

If stirring in:

  • 2 tablespoons double or thickened cream

If layering:

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure icing sugar


1. Peel, core and thinly slice the apples or pears and place in a large saucepan.
2. Add the barley and water and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer for about 30 minutes, or until both the fruit and barley are cooked and soft.
3. Remove from the heat and puree in a blender or by pushing through a sieve.
4. Return the mixture to the saucepan and add the lemon juice substitute.
5. Bring to the boil again and allow to simmer for five minutes.
6. Remove from the heat and allow to cool then place in the fridge until it is very cold..
If stirring in:
Stir through the thickened cream and serve in bowls.
Apple Barley Pudding
If layering:
8. Whip the cream with the icing sugar until thick.
Layer the barley mix in a glass with the cream in the middle and a dollop of cream on top.
Apple Pear Barley Pudding


Low / Moderate Salicylates, Low Glutamates, Low Amines

Low Chemical / salicylates if using pears.  Moderate salicylates if using Red or Golden Delicious apples.

The original recipe for this dessert used tart apples and added 4 tablespoons of sugar at step 4.  The apples and pears used in this recipe were sweet enough to not need the sugar.

Irish Potato Bread

Serves 1-4
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Allergy / Intolerance Amines, Artificial Addititives, Artificial Colours, Egg, Glutamates, Preservatives, Salicylates
Suitable for RPAH Elimination Diet - Low Chemical / Failsafe
Meal type Breakfast, Lunch, Savoury Snack, Side Dish
Misc Serve Hot
Region Irish
Website Your Irish
Easy Irish Potato Bread (Farls)


  • 80g plain wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 30g butter
  • 230g warm mashed potato (approximately 1 large potato)
  • 2 tablespoons milk (approximate)
  • Butter (to serve)


  • 1 spring onion (finely chopped)


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
2. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium sized bowl. Rub in the butter using your fingertips until the flour looks like breadcrumbs.
3. Add the spring onions, if using.
4. Add the mashed potato and mix together with your hands. Add enough milk, if needed, to make a soft dough.
5. Use your hands to pat the dough into a round about 15cm in diameter and 1cm thick.
6. Place the dough onto a greased baking tray and cut part way through to mark out quarters. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.
7. Serve hot with butter.


Low Chemical / Failsafe

Traditionally this bread is served for breakfast as part of a big fry up.


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2 Responses to St Patrick’s Day Recipes

  1. Viviane says:

    Thanks very much for your helpful website and, especially, for alerting me to the fact that the RPAH Handbook has been updated. Unfortunately, I am also sensitive to dairy and yeast, as well as amines, salicylate and glutamate so I can’t use some of your recipes. Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to trying the irish potato bread and some of your interesting sauces. And you have encouraged me to continue to re-introduce moderate-level foods from time to time.

    • Oscars Mum says:

      Thank you Viviane, I hope you do at least find some inspiration here.