Thursday, September 2, 2010


My husband loves potatoes as much as I love rice. Put it down to him being Irish and me being Chinese. It's just what we have grown up eating and enjoying. But how creative can you really be with potatoes? Before marrying him I only knew how to make mash potato and baked/roast potatoes. These days I have a few more recipes up my sleeves thanks to his love of the humble potato. One such recipe which is probably the most common one in Ireland is Colcannon. A mixture of left over mash and anything else really you have in the fridge. But the main ingredients should be mash potato and cabbage.
500g potato
2 tablespoons butter
50ml milk
50ml cream
3 rashers of bacon (diced)
1/3 head of cabbage (shredded)
Pepper (salt is optional as I find the bacon gives it enough saltiness)
1. Boil the potato until they are soft.
2. Meanwhile just before the potatoes are ready, heat a pan and cook the bacon (2mins), add the shredded cabbage and cook for a further 2mins.
3. Once the potatoes are ready, drain and mash adding the butter, milk and cream.
4. Add the bacon and cabbage and stir it well.
Cooking the bacon.
Apparently what we call bacon here is not the same as in Ireland. Traditionally it should be the meat from the neck. The closest thing I could find was bacon off the shoulder.
Adding the shredded cabbage

It could be a meal on it's own. Carbs, meat and veg ; ) But we served ours with roast lamb. Yum!


  1. Colcannon mash! Yum. It's been too long.

    Must rectify this. And eat with a big spoon :)

  2. Hi Helen - Yes, the bigger the spoon the better! ; )

  3. LOL - yes, being Irish does come with a love of potato. This looks delish.

  4. Hi Cakelaw - Thank you! Just as well I love potatoes, it was probably in the marriage clause hahahaha!

  5. Oh we used to go up late on a Friday night to Dublin when I was a kid, and my aunt would have a big pot of this to feed us. She did it with sauteed onions, steamed kale and LOADS of irish butter, salt and pepper...I dunno if it was due to the late night drive or what but it was the BEST bowl of spuds we would ever have! love the idea of the bacon in it too...DELISH!