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Making colcannon

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An Irish traditional dish for Hallowe'en. It's basically curly kale and mashed potatoes, but we've spiced it up with some streaky bacon, oyster mushrooms and red onion. Part of the tradition is that you have to find silver in it. When I was small this meant one old 6d coin (2 and a half pence sterling) and some silver thruppeny bits (1.25 pence sterling) wrapped in greaseproof paper. Inflation has intervened, however, and expectations, so our colcannon is a veritable mint, with even a 50p lurking in there :)

now I want that!! even if there are no braaaiiiinnnnsss in it. That looks so very good!

31st Oct 2006, 19:58

Euphro says:

We'd send you some if we could :D

31st Oct 2006, 20:01

yourhermione says:

what's the design on the plates?

31st Oct 2006, 21:00

Euphro says:

The plate is for the younger members of the family and is decorated with Maisie the Mouse :D

31st Oct 2006, 21:15

FilbertFox says:

make it without bacon next time and we will come and help you eat it.

31st Oct 2006, 22:17

Euphro says:

We can do a non-bacon version :D

31st Oct 2006, 22:17

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31st Oct 2006, 22:18

540air says:

That looks delicious!! And with 50p's to find who could resist? :)

1st Nov 2006, 00:06

Viv says:

that looks really good - and in the bad/good old days they wouldn't have wrapped the silver!

1st Nov 2006, 00:11

swamprose says:

that looks delicious, and someone will be very rich. I read up about the origins of Hallowe'en and guess what? It comes from the Celts. Of course.

1st Nov 2006, 00:25


1st Nov 2006, 15:33

JokerXL says:

Hey, that's "Boerenkool met worst"
A very typical Dutch winter recipe.
I love it!
Have you all your teeth still?
No accidents?

1st Nov 2006, 17:53

SaharaSB says:

oh ! that looks absolutely lush ! might have to give that recipe a try - im hungry !

1st Nov 2006, 21:01

Puddikat says:

I made mine with a carrot and parsnip mash instead but I'm thinking of doing a sweet potatoe version.

2nd Nov 2006, 19:14

Euphro says:

They sound like very nice alternatives, and, yes, we still have all our teeth JXL :D

2nd Nov 2006, 19:22

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