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Colcannon – A small batch


Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish made from mashed potatoes and cooked greens.

2 cups mashed potatoes (left over or freshly made)
4 cups hearty greens (kale or cabbage) chopped
1 onion, chopped (leeks or green onions are tasty too)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon butter (vegans will wish to omit the butter)
1 tablespoon oil
salt and pepper

Sauté onion and garlic until translucent
add chopped greens, sprinkle with salt and mix well
cover to allow greens to wilt down well
add mashed potatoes and mix until well combined
season to taste

June 20, 2013 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

Oatmeal Soda Bread

soda bread

Admittedly, soda bread is not a favorite of mine. But the recipe I found on Simply Recipes included ground rolled oats, which gave it a chewy texture and nutty flavor that was a nice change. Maybe next time I’ll add some currants.

2 cups old fashioned rolled oats, finely ground in a food processor
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 450°F

In a large bowl, whisk together the ground oats, flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt

Stir the buttermilk and egg together

Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour in the buttermilk egg mixture
gently fold flour over the buttermilk until just combined
the dough should look like a shaggy mess

It should be on the moist side. (If it is too wet to handle, add a little more flour. If too dry, add a little more buttermilk.)

Knead dough one or two times only on a floured surface
form into a mound shape
score the top of the dough with 1 1/2 inch deep cuts, forming a cross, using a sharp knife

Place dough in a greased cast iron pan, or on a greased cookie sheet
bake for 15 minutes at 450°F
then lower the oven temperature to 400°F and cook for 25 minutes more
the loaf should sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom

Let the loaf rest in or on the pan for 10 minutes, then cool a few minutes before attempting to slice the loaf.

March 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm 1 comment

Shepherds Pie – A small batch

3 – 4 cups mashed potatoes (leftovers are perfect)
1/2 pound ground meat (any kind)
1 small onion, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
bread crumbs
1 tablespoon butter
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375°

Sauté vegetables in a little bit of oil
add meat to pan, season to taste, and cook until browned and set aside

Put half the potatoes at the bottom of a small baking dish, I use a large loaf pan
then add the layer of cooked meat and veggies
then the rest of the potatoes
top with a sprinkling of bread crumbs and small pads of butter
bake for 20 minutes to warm completely through and top is golden brown

Serve with gravy on the side if you like

January 8, 2011 at 9:41 pm Leave a comment

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