Authors In Bloom Hop April 2014

Nothing Tastes Better Than Home Grown Food

Authors_in_BloomStore bought produce just doesn’t taste the same as it used to. At first I thought it was my taste buds, but many people I know agree. Do you grow any of your own veggies?

Some of my favorite childhood memories are of summers spent in my grandmother’s Irish garden. She grew cabbage, lettuce, carrots, turnips and parsnips. There was a hot house dedicated to grapes and tomatoes, a hen house where fresh eggs were collected daily, and a wild front field where mushrooms sprang up every night. Off I’d go each morning with a basket over my arm to pick fresh mushrooms the size of my hand. Every meal in that house was a feast, and the simpler the ingredients, the better the meal.

I’ve never trusted myself as a gardener, believe it or not. Every potted plant I’ve tried to grow has died to reinforce my self-doubt. A few seeds I’ve potted grew for a while and looked promising, only to be fried by the Texas sun, or over-watered to death by me. This year, I’ll try again. I want to taste true flavor in my food. I want to know I can do what my grandmother did so well.

Here’s an Irish recipe (serves 4) we often ate at my grandmother’s kitchen table:

COLCANNON (this word was coined from the Gaelic for white headed cabbage)

1 head of green cabbage (organic or home grown would be fab)

8 large potatoes (Idaho potatoes taste most like Irish potatoes)

6 chopped scallions (green onions)

4 oz butter (preferably Kerrygold Irish butter)

8 oz cream, half and half, or whole milk (organic if you can)

A good dash each of salt and pepper

4 eggs, fried (optional) (if you have a hen house, these are the best eggs of all)…

I assume you know how to make mashed potatoes. Don’t use an electric mixer. The best mashed potatoes are hand mashed. Peel, cut, boil, drain and steam the potatoes. Use half the butter and half the cream to whip them into a smooth mash, flavoring with salt and pepper. Add chopped scallions. Cover and let steam.

At the same time you boil the potatoes, add sliced and diced cabbage to a different saucepan of boiling water, boil for about 8 minutes, and drain. Let half the butter melt over it, and steam with the lid on.

Now, blend the potato and cabbage mixtures in one saucepan and mix them well.

We ate big bowls of this mixture with a large tablespoon of butter melting in the center. Although it’s not traditional, each bowl was topped with a fried egg.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. In keeping with my Irish themed recipe, my giveaway for the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop is an ebook copy of To Kiss A Leprechaun.

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38 Responses to Authors In Bloom Hop April 2014

  1. I have tried growing veggies and flowers without success. I am, however, very good at growing weeds!

  2. The recipe sounds delicious. I’ve never had eggs on top..gotta try that.

  3. Joseph Hawkshaw says:

    We grow a lot of vegetables every year in our garden we plant flowers around the house as well i love to plan a garden every year this year my fiance will be helping.

  4. Always wanted to try colcannon! Sounds delish! I just won’t tell the boys that there’s cabbage in there 🙂

  5. Clever, Angela! It’s a great way to get cabbage into kiddies. I’m all for hidden veggies in meals. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Savannah miller says:

    I grow a small garden every year. Last year my pumpkins were doing great and the kids and I were talking about all the pumpkins we would be craving and how we could give some to my parents and then we had a bad rain storm… And my pumpkin vines all died! I was heart broken, but I’m going to try again this year… FINGERS CROSSED 🙂

    I can’t wait to try your recipe! I’m Irish and I’m surprised my mom didn’t have this in her recipe box :), we can’t wait to make it!

    • Hi Savannah,

      I can feel your sadness about the poor pumpkin vines all dying. You’ve got the right attitude, though. Never give up. This year may you have a plentiful crop!

      You’ll enjoy the colcannon. It’s easy, inexpensive and delicious.

      Thanks for stopping by! Happy hopping!

  7. There are so many good recipes on this hop that I’m bound to gain 50 pounds this week!

  8. Froggy says:

    sounds yummy!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Leslie Rodriguez says:

    When I am “gardening” I like to run my fingernails over a bar of soap so I will not get dirt under them.

    • That’s a fine tip, Leslie. Dirty nails are one of my pet peeves about gardening, but gloves are too thick. I like hands on, but I also love clean nails. Thanks, enjoy the hop!

  10. I love home grown too! I’ve been growing cucumbers for the last few years and there’s such a difference. They last longer in the fridge and no waxy coating! The cabbage recipe sounds delicious. My Irish mother would love it. My husband…not so much. LOL!
    cchant86 @

    • I’ve noticed how fast cucumbers go off these days, too. I’m planning to grow cucumbers this year for the first time. Thanks for stopping by, Catherine.

  11. Elise-Maria Barton says:

    I love participating in these blog hops~ I always come away with a longer TBR as well as new bloggers added to my Bloglovin’ feed 🙂

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

    • This is a wonderful blog hop, with so many friendly and quality visitors. Thanks for supporting authors by stopping by and joining in the fun, Elise-Maria. Enjoy the hop!

  12. Arlinda says:

    I want to read this book. I haven’t started on my garden but it’s finally getting warm.

  13. bn100 says:

    Tasty sounding recipe
    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  14. Hi bn100, nice to see you again! 🙂 Enjoy the hop.

  15. Karen H says:

    I’m not a gardener but I do love fresh, homegrown fruits and vegetables and can’t wait for the new crops to hit the farmer’s markets. Love the sound of your recipe and I think I’ll try it.

    Thanks for the giveaway too.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

    • Hi Karen,

      I’m also a farmer’s market fan. Today it’s particularly cold again and I wonder what crops we’ll have at all this year! Thanks for visiting!

  16. Judy Cox says:

    Never heard of this recipe, but I love cabbage so this looks delicious. I will have to try. Thanks for participation in hop.

  17. Brandi says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe & for the giveaway!! =)

    Take care & I hope you have a great day!!

    BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com

  18. Lisa Lickel says:

    Thanks for sharing…love cabbage.

  19. BookAttict says:


    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  20. Jeannie Platt says:

    That sounds really good… Love cabbage and potatoes 🙂 Thank you for being part of the hop.

  21. Alisha Sienkiel says:

    I must agree that our homegrown veggies, fruits and eggs taste so much better than anything you buy from the store. Thanks for being a part of the giveaway hop!

  22. BookLady says:

    Thanks for sharing the colcannon recipe. It sounds delicious. I love home-grown vegetables, especially tomatoes. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  23. There is nothing like homegrown food. Great memories of sitting in my grandmother’s garden.

    I love sun-warmed tomatoes. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Happy hopping. Nancy

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