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Monday, March 17, 2008

Beannachtam na Feile Padraig

I hope you're wearing green today. If you don't wear it any other time of the year, this is the day to do it.

It's too late for this year to visit Ireland for St. Patrick's Day, but at IrishAbroad.com you can find a celebration closer to home.

The closest to home is right IN your home, so borrow an Irish cookbook and whip up a batch of Colcannon. Colcannon fits into the category of comfort food for me--I love it! It's potatoes mashed with lots of cream and butter. It was originally made with kale, but cabbage is more common today. Yummy! And as long as you eat in moderation, it's not as bad as a bag of Tayto cheese and onion potato crisps! There are recipes for Colcannon in several of our cookbooks including:

Allen, Darina. Ballymaloe Cooking School Cookbook. [641.59415 ALL]. Allen says,
Songs have been sung and poems have been written about Colcannon, a traditional Irish dish associated particularly with Halloween.
That may be so, but a cool March day seems like a perfect time for it!

Cullen, Nuala. Savoring Ireland: Cooking through the Seasons. [651.59417 CUL]

Round out your carbs with a nice cold glass of Smithwick's or Sam Adam's Irish Red and toast all the Irish (and Irish-wannabes) with a rousing Slainte(pronounced slawn-cha)! To your health!

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