Colcannon lore

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
cream And the kale and praties
blended Like the picture in a
To hold the melting cake Of heather-flavored butter Of
God be with the happy times
When trouble we had not,
And our mothers made colcannon
In the little three-legged pot. " -- Colcannon

(from IRISH TRADITIONAL FOOD, Theodora Fitzgibbon:) "This is traditionally eaten in Ireland at Hallowe'en. Until quite recently this was a fast day, when no meat was eaten. The name is from *cal ceann fhionn* -- white-headed cabbage. Colcannon should correctly be made with chopped kale (a member of the cabbage family) but it is also made with white cabbage; an interesting version is the Irish Folklore Commission's, which gives it as mashed potatoes mixed with onions, butter,and a boiled white cabbage in the center.

Colcannon at Hallowe'en used to contain a plain gold ring, a sixpence, a thimble or button: finding the ring meant marriage within the year for the person who found it, the sixpence meant wealth, the thimble spinsterhood and the button bachelorhood." (from THE POOLBEG BOOK OF IRISH TRADITIONAL FOOD:) "For a dish that is not widely eaten or served today, colcannon remains remarkably widely known. Maybe the song about colcannon is better known than the dish. If you say "colcannon" in a crowded room, the chances are that half the room will break into one version of the song and the other into a completely different version. Like the recipe itself, there are two versions commonly known.

Did you ever eat colcannon Did you ever eat colcannon when 'twas made with yellow cream when 'twas made with thickened blended And the greens and scallions dream? Like the picture in a dream? Did you ever take a forkful Did you ever scoop a hole on top And dip it in the lake clover-flavored butter That your mother used to make? Which your mother used to make?

Oh, you did, yes you did! Did you ever eat and eat, afraid So did he and so did I,

: You'd let the ring go past, And the more I think about it And some old married sprissman Sure, the more I want to cry. Would get it at the last?

is so like champ, cally, stampy and poundies that it's difficult to understand how it ever came to have a different name. Yet, all over the country, colcannon is colcannon and known as nothing else. As in the two versions of the song, it can be made with kale or with greens, meaning cabbage. Those reared on the version made with kale can never understand how the cabbage version can be considered colcannon, and vice versa...."

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