Colcannon? At Halloween? Most Americans think of Irish colcannon as a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish, but colcannon was originally associated with Halloween in Ireland. What is Colcannon? Colcannon is mashed potato mixed with a green cooked and shredded vegetable such as cabbage or kale. There are many, many variations of the basic colcannon […]
The Spud Saga
Irish people love potatoes. The humble spud played an integral role in the history of Ireland, and America. Potatoes are part of our cultural identity. Here, I share recipes and ramblings all inspired by our beloved Irish spud. From the introduction of the potato to Ireland by Sir Walter Raleigh, to the Great Irish Famine, this is where you will find these stories.
Potato cakes are a perfect way to use up left-over mashed potatoes. Known as tattie scones in Scotland, potato scones in the Isle of Man, or fadge in parts of Northern Ireland, these savory, fried potato patties make a great side dish. Whenever I cook mashed potatoes I make extra, because I love potato cakes. […]
Irish chips are simply delicious, soft and tender on the inside and just slightly crispy on the outside. Their thick cut is perfect for absorbing the bitter-sweet goodness of malt vinegar drizzled on top. Let’s straighten up our terminology here: In Ireland chips are french fries. A typical American chip is called a crisp, a […]
Potato and leek soup is a traditional Irish, wintertime, comfort food. Served with buttered, brown soda bread, it is a delicious warm treat on a cold winter’s day. Some call it leek and potato soup, while others give the potatoes precedence when naming. I had to go with the name potato and leek soup, […]
Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake made by combining raw grated potato and mashed potato into a pancake batter. Boxty is a thick, hearty potato pancake. St. Brigid’s Day is February 1st. To celebrate this much loved saint from early Christian times, boxty was served on her feast day. There is a traditional Irish […]