But the Colcannon of which I write is a simple and delicious dish of few ingredients and no need for lessons from a celebrity Chef for its preparation.
Did you ever take potato cake in a basket to the school,
Tucked underneath your arm with your book, your slate and rule?
And when the teacher wasn't looking sure a great big bite you'd take,
Of the creamy flavoured buttered soft and sweet potato cake.
witnessed the cooking and consumption of Colcannon on rather large scale
recently. At a charity event, in the Wicklow mountains, Martin Byrne was
faced with the task of feeding 1,500 people (no, that's not a typo) with
colcannon. What did he do? Well, I'll tell you.
manufactured a stainless steel trailer 8ft by 4 ft and mounted it on
"ground-engaging" metal wheels which he salvaged from a defunct
agricultural implement. He fitted a large valve in the rear panel; more about
that anon. He then procured a half ton of spuds and the relevant quantity of
diligent preparation and the addition of appropriate seasoning the ingredients
were put into the "trailer-full of water".
whole assembly was driven in over an already blazing log fire.
say "a watched pot won't boil" but this one did.
it had reached the correct consistency Martin opened the aforementioned valve
and the steaming H2o was released onto the ground.
came the mashing. For this job he had designed and constructed a
and his assistant Harry Farrington, on either side of the trailer, using plenty
of elbow-grease converted the white and green load into appetising fare.
a number of brand-new shovels one and a half thousand people were fed on
The "loaves and fishes" of the Bible came to mind.
If you don't have 1500 people for dinner, at Halloween, and you want to serve colcannon on a smaller scale here's the recipe;
Did you ever go a-courting as the evening sun went down,
And the moon began a-peeping from behind the Hill o'Down?
As you wandered down the boreen where the leprechaun was seen,
And you whispered loving phrases to your little fair colleen
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