Monday, March 17, 2008

Wearin' Of The Green

Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland
Are you wearing green? Okay, I won't pinch you then. Have you read some Joyce or Yeats poetry today? Here's a bit from Yeats....................

THE TREES are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky;
Upon the brimming water among the stones
Are nine-and-fifty swans.
The nineteenth Autumn has come upon me

Since I first made my count;
I saw, before I had well finished,
All suddenly mount
And scatter wheeling in great broken rings
Upon their clamorous wings.
I have looked upon those brilliant creatures,

And now my heart is sore.
All’s changed since I, hearing at twilight,
The first time on this shore,
The bell-beat of their wings above my head,
Trod with a lighter tread.
Unwearied still, lover by lover,

They paddle in the cold,
Companionable streams or climb the air;
Their hearts have not grown old;
Passion or conquest, wander where they will,
Attend upon them still.
But now they drift on the still water

Mysterious, beautiful;
Among what rushes will they build,
By what lake’s edge or pool
Delight men’s eyes, when I awake some day
To find they have flown away?

We have a tradition of eating potatoes on St. Patrick's Day because our ancestors came to America during the potato famine to escape poverty and build the Transcontinental Railroad. Colcannon is a traditional Irish recipe using potatoes and cabbage and it is a family favorite.

6 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered

4 cups shredded
1 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup butter
1/2 to 3/4 cup milk (room temperature)

1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 Tablespoon parsley

Put potatoes in a large pot and cover with water; cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain. Meanwhile, cook cabbage and onion together in a small amount of boiling salted water for about 15 minutes; drain. Mash potatoes using an electric mixer. Beat in butter and as much milk necessary to make it fluffy. Add salt and pepper. Stir in cabbage and onion.Top with parsley. This should serve six healthy Irish appetites.


RealEstateGirl said...

Hi Holley,

Thanks for stopping by my blog! It's always nice to make new friends! Happy St. Patty's Day!

Sounds like you live in the same area my son will be attending school beginning this Summer. He will be starting at UCF (Orlando).

We are looking to re-locate if hubby can find a job!

Have a wonderful day and stop back by frequently!


madrekarin said...

Hahahaha!! I made a new post on my blog this morning and then started reading my favorite blogs. Lo and behold- we titled our St. Patty's posts the same!! Great minds or what?
I love colcannon, but I am the only one on my family that does. It won't be on our menu for dinner tonight, but I sure wish it was. Enjoy a serving for me, k?

Lori said...

well, it's a lovely Irish party over here:) i love how you decorated your whole blog in honor of the day:) i hope yours was wonderful and the recipe sounds delightful...too bad i am the only one in the house who loves her cabbage...

Sandi McBride said...

I've had this dish, tho we just call it cabbage and taters, lol...we love it, too. Hope your St. Paddy's day was lovely...we celebrated with Reuben sandwishes, lol