Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Colcannon

Only a few of you guessed which statement was true about me for the Honest Scrap Award. I was waiting until today to tell you all what the truth is. So, let's go through each one, shall we?

1. I speak 5 languages fluently.

I wish!! I speak about three languages fluently enough to have long conversations and even arguments haha: English, Spanish, and Portuguese. (My mom would tell you that I know 7 to 99 languages. Please don't listen to her; she's biased.) I can read, conjugate all verbs, and understand Italian, but I still have a long way to go with that language. I have a reading knowledge of French. Now, I'm learning Korean, and I love it!

2. I used to be a cosmetologist.

Almost true! For about 2 semesters, I took cosmetology courses to help pay for "real" school later on and realized I was wasting my time because I wasn't good at doing any of the stuff except for the written tests. So, I was too much of a book nerd to be a cosmetologist. On top of that, I caused a lady to walk out of our school building with one barely-gone eyebrow! OOPS!

3. I am a member of the "Mile-High Club".

NO WAY, JOSÉ! I have nothing else to add to that. LOL! (Shame on you, Jorge, for thinking this was true hahaha)

4. I have some Irish in my blood.

YEP! This is the truth! Also, it is the reason I made this yummy cabbage & potato dish today! I guess one of the only beneficial consequences of slavery in the United States was the blending of cultures and races that especially came about as a result of secretive, amorous or sexual relationships between slave masters and their subjects.

5. I love nuts and alcohol!
Well, I'm sure almost all of my readers know that this one is so NOT true. I do, however, like nuts in Snickers and Toblerone. I guess it is because I can't taste the nuts; I like the crunchy texture mixed in with the soft nougat, chewy caramel, and smooth chocolate in Snickers.
Well, I know you've seen this dish EVERYWHERE on the blogosphere. I chose this popular dish because I don't like corned beef, and I don't know of many traditional, Irish dishes as I should. Whenever my mother and I make a trip to Ireland, I hope to remedy that.
This dish was easy to put together. It tasted insanely good for a vegetarian, healthy meal. You've probably noticed that not many veggies are showcased on my blog, so embrace this post!! I did add some thick, turkey ham to the dish, though. The carnivorous addition intensified the dish.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

Colcannon
reduced and adapted by Good Mood Blog (Donal, a true Irishman with lovely photos) and Tasty Traveller

2 med-large Russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 Tbsp butter or margarine
1/2 an onion, chopped into small or large pieces (your preference)
1/4th of a cabbage, chopped (Donal suggests savoy cabbage, but I couldn't find it)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup of fresh parsley, chopped (I used a few Tbsps of dried parsley)
1/4 cup milk (I used whole milk)
2 Tbsp butter

Chop the potatoes, onions, and cabbage before starting.

Place the prepared potatoes in a saucepan and fill with water to boil. Once the water has boiled, turn down the heat, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes, until fork easily goes through the potatoes.
Meanwhile, place 1 Tbsp of butter in a hot skillet, and sauté onions until translucent, then set aside.
Drain the potatoes, reserving the water for the cabbage. Place the cooked potatoes in a big serving bowl or casserole dish. Pour the reserved water back in to the saucepan, and boil the water. Place the chopped cabbage into the water, and cook for 6-8 minutes.
Place the onions, salt, pepper, and parsley into the serving bowl or dish with the cooked potatoes. Then add the cooked cabbage, and stir with a wooden spoon. Place 1-2 Tbsp of butter on top, and salt and pepper to taste.
Serve, and enjoy!!

11 comments:

  1. Su comida se ve delicioso. I wanted to cook Irish today, but ended up eating burgers instead. I just assumed you spoke five languages fluently.

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  2. Hi, Memoria

    Happy St. Patty's Day to you, lassie! Your potatoes and cabbage look so pretty in the white bowl and plate; "our" spoon adds a very special touch. I am sure it is delicious as well and best of all, simple to make!

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  3. It was nice reading a little more about you :)

    This dish looks very comforting. I've bookmarked to try.

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  4. This one was fun! I knew #5 of course, but loved the rest. I had no idea you have some Irish in you.

    I've never had colcannon, I need to make it.

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  5. I love the comfy feeling of this dish!!yummy!!
    sweetlife

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  6. Five languages... WOW, I am impressed. I'm still having trouble with my Japanese studies.. What is your secret tip?

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  7. Happy St. Patty's Day to you!, I love this, yummy!

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  8. Beautiful dish, Memoria! I love the last pic ... it's stunning. Thanks for sharing some info about yourself. I always knew you were a smart lass ... I'm as biased as your mom ... 99 languages!

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  9. OMgosh, that last pic actually made me drool. That is something I've said just to express how good a pic looks, but seriously the saliva starting filling my mouth when I saw it with the turkey ham on top! I had also planned to make this for St. Patrick's Day but (don't laugh) we ended up eating turkey with mashed potatoes and stuffing instead. Still not quite sure how that happened. I'm so excited to see the "email subscribe" button--I signed up b/c I love your posts but miss 90% of them b/c I forget to check back! Thanks for adding that button.

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  10. I like your collages today- fun! Also #2 made me laugh. ha ha!

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  11. Thank you for posting this, it was nice to learn a little bit more about you :)

    That dish looks delicious, I must try this! I make cabbage dishes quite often myself - Polish sour cabbage salads or Caribbean cabbage curry with coconut ;)

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