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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Worried About Rising Food Costs: Go to a Parade and Make Colcannon

Miss Em came home yesterday and the first thing she said was "I want to go to the St Patrick's Day Parade." Mardi Gras may be over, but we have another parade.

And guess what? You don't get beads and (if you're lucky) plastic spears, footballs, and underwear, you get cabbage! potatoes! carrots!

Luckily, Miss Em is not only tall, but has red hair, courtesy of Revlon. The marchers always ask her if she's Irish. Of course she says yes. I anticipate enough for colcannon, favorite dish. It's cheap, even if you have to buy the ingredients.

Ingredients

* 1 pound cabbage
* 1 pound potatoes
* 2 leeks
* 1 cup milk
* salt and pepper to taste
* 1 pinch ground mace
* 1/2 cup butter

Directions

1. In a large saucepan, boil cabbage until tender; remove and chop or blend well. Set aside and keep warm. Boil potatoes until tender. Remove from heat and drain.
2. Chop leeks, green parts as well as white, and simmer them in just enough milk to cover, until they are soft.
3. Season and mash potatoes well. Stir in cooked leeks and milk. Blend in the kale or cabbage and heat until the whole is a pale green fluff. Make a well in the center and pour in the melted butter. Mix well.


As it happens, the parade route is near Buffalo Exchange. So Miss Em and I will wander in with a bag or two and try our luck. I figure getting a cabbage is luck enough; anything more is lagniappe.

Erin go bragh!

Do you have a favorite cabbage dish?

4 comments:

Duchesse said...

I come by a extreme rights to this day (as you two may guess from my given name.) Dad was always indifferent, he said it was a made up day like Valentine's, but Mom made corned beef and cabbage and tinted her mashed potatoes green. Best potatoes I've had in my life were in Ireland.

Funny about Money said...

Ohhhh I love cabbage. SDXB makes a killer corned beef and cabbage.

My favorite cabbage dish (other than braised sauerkraut) is red cabbage braised with onion, apples, and fennel seeds with a little red wine added to the broth or water.

Terri said...

We have been eating huge pots of colcannon all winter long. Yum.

Suzy said...

I want to make this recipe! I made one a few years ago that was pretty good but didn't have leeks or milk and I want to try it with these ingredients!

someone fixed a pretty good cabbage dish one New Year's - she cooked cut up hot italian sausage(casing removed) and sauted sliced onion and let the cabbage sort of wilt and cook into the dish. I can't remember if she drained any of the grease out first or not though..should have paid more attention!