Today is the Feast of Saint Brigid. Since St. Brigid is an Irish saint, it is common for people to serve traditional Irish recipes on her feast day. Oatcakes are often made as is Colcannon.
3 lbs. potatoes
1 ¼ cups hot milk
2 sticks butter
Salt and pepper
1 head of cabbage that has been shredded
1 lb. piece of ham or bacon that has been cooked and diced
4 finely chopped scallions
Instructions: Boil or steam the potatoes until tender. Peel and mash adding in a stick of butter and the hot milk. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Boil the cabbage until mostly tender (it will darken in colour). Add 2 T. of butter, put the lid on the pan, and continue to boil for another 2 minutes until completely tender. Drain the cabbage and stir it into the mashed potatoes along with the meat and the scallions. (Note: some areas of Ireland do not put meat into this dish. It is delicious either way.) A tasty way of serving this is to place a serving on each plate, make a well in the potato mixture, and pop a tablespoon of butter into each well. Many like to then garnish this with a sprinkling of parsley.
For more on St. Brigid Day, check out the blog post on my other blog, Cyn’s View of Reality: http://cynsreality.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/the-feast-of-st-brigid/