Irish Colcannon

Colcannon is a traditional Irish Dish made from potatoes and cabbage. There’s more to it than that obviously but these are the two prime ingredients. When we were in Galway during half-term, it seemed that every meal we ate was served with mashed potatoes so I’m guessing that the Irish and Potatoes still go hand-in-hand despite the years since the Potato Famine that sent so many across the seas to America in search of a better life.

food we ate in Galway

My Girls do not like mashed potato- something I have learned is actually very common in children their age. But being the stubborn parent that I am, I keep introducing it to them in the hopes that one day they will see it as the comfort food I know and love :D

And so I made Colcannon, boiling up peeled potatoes whilst, on the other side of the stove, a pan of finely sliced savoy cabbage was steaming. LBG was happy to help add the lashings of butter to the potato whilst I mashed. We added a splash of cream, some papper and, when certain that the mash was smooth and creamy, tipped in the cabbage.

It’s hard work beating cabbage and mash together. I have no  doubt that there are other ways than getting your 4-year-old to do it. But she enjoyed the process. Dimples, who has a very sensitive ‘nez’ declared the smell of the cabbage to be ‘yucky’ and no amount of persuasion would bring her anywhere near.

Irish Colcannon

I added a good sprinkle of ground nutmeg, because I happen to like it with cabbage, because it masks the smell of cabbage and because I had hoped it would encourage my children to try the Colcannon. Not so. It is still ‘yucky’.

But I loved it.

This post is part of the Around the World in 12 Dishes series.

Check the other blogs of “Around the World in 12 Dishes” for their Irish creations:

Adventures In MommydomCreative Family FunDomestic GoddesqueEnchanted Homeschooling Mom, Glittering Muffins, Here Come The GirlsJuggling with Kids, Kid World Citizen, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Little Artists, Mermaids’ MakingsMontessori Tidbits,Mummymummymum and The Educators’ Spin On It.

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