While most of the world considers Corned Beef and Cabbage
synonymous with St. Patrick's Day, this popular meal has its origins
in America, and is not a traditional Irish recipe. Beef was an expensive
food item that was unavailable to most Irish citizens, and was generally
exported to France, England and the Americas. As we all know, corned
beef is a salt-cured brisket, traditionally packed in barrels with coarse
grains, aka "corns" of salt. In the 17th century, salting
beef become a major industry in the Irish port cities of Cork and Dublin
for exportation. The most similar traditional Irish dish is Bacon and
Cabbage, with the bacon akin to Canadian-style bacon or ham. Corned
Beef and Cabbage became popular in the U.S. after Irish immigrants used
corned beef instead of pork, due to the low cost of corned beef in the
Its still a great dish, and Corned Beef and Cabbage
always graces my St. Patricks Day table, though I prefer the hard-to-find
Savoy cabbage over the popular Dutch cabbage, found in U.S. markets.
We all have our favorite Corned Beef and Cabbage recipes,
so here are a few fun side dishes for your St. Patrick's Day celebration:
Irish Soda Bread
3 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups buttermilk
Preheat oven to 425°F. Mix flour, baking soda and
salt in large bowl. Mix in just enough buttermilk to form moist clumps.
Form dough into ball. Turn out onto lightly flour surfaced and knead
just until dough holds together for about 1 minute. Shape dough into
a 6-inch-diameter by 2-inch-high circle. Place on lightly floured baking
sheet. Cut 1-inch-deep X across top of bread, extending almost to edges.
Bake until bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on bottom.
Baking time is about 35 minutes. Transfer bread to rack and cool completely.
Champ or Poundies Origin: Northern Ireland
2 pounds standard white potatoes, peeled and halved
1 cup whole milk
1 bunch spring green onions (scallions), thinly sliced
½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
¼ cup Irish butter
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper to taste
Place potatoes into large pot, and fill with enough
water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until tender, about 20 minutes.
Drain well. Return to very low heat and allow the potatoes to dry out
for a few minutes. (You can place a clean dish towel over the potatoes
to absorb any remaining moisture.) Gently heat the milk and green onions
in a saucepan until warm. Mash the potatoes, salt and butter together
until smooth. Stir in the milk and green onion until evenly mixed. Season
with freshly ground black pepper. Serve hot in bowls. Calories be damned;
set out some extra butter to add to their servings.
Colcannon (Irish: cál ceannann, meaning
3 cups finely shredded green cabbage
1 onion, finely chopped
¼ cup water
6 cooked white potatoes, mashed
¼ cup whole milk
¼ cup Irish butter
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Place cabbage, onion, and water in a saucepan or Dutch
oven and quickly bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer about
8 minutes until tender. Add mashed potatoes, milk, butter, salt, and
pepper. Mix well, stirring often until heated through.
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think of it I couldnt taste them either. Later I found that Neeps
are Turnips and Tatties are potatoes.
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recently blew into Los Angeles with the most esteemed guest, Eugene Chaplin.
A man of remarkable lineage, he is the fifth child of Oona O'Neill and Sir
Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, the grandson of playwright
Eugene O'Neill, the brother of Geraldine Chaplin and father of actress/model
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of fearless Celtic warriors to search for some "stones to take you
home" as he files his latest dispatch from the monochromatic moonscape
known as The Burren.
Buckingham Palace It's THE Most Popular Tour
in Great Britain (Part 2 of a 2-Part Series)
Is it more momentous for a Brit to do the Buckingham
Palace tour than say an American or indeed any other nationality? Yes, I
know that's an odd question, but if you grow up as I did in
London back in the 1950s, getting inside Buckingham Palace was the stuff
of dreams. Hence my surprise at touring BP in 2005.
Paradise on Earth: The Romance of
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The first thing you notice is the fragrance. The intoxicating
perfume of the tiare flower announces to your senses that you are in a magical
place, overflowing with tropical vegetation and soothing trade winds. It
is the same fragrance that the English seamen on the HMS Bounty also first
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"On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" goes
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too, and it surely comes to mind when you stand on a bluff in the Luberon
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Exploring Venice: Lost and Found. And Special Finds.
Walking home to our apartment in Venice, we share a
wave through the window with the owner of Baba, our local osteria. Leaving
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despite the early hour. At the Bar Dugole, we relax after a day of sightseeing
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Traveling with Beautiful Boots and a Bison Backpack
People often asked about my favorite travel apparel and
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I was putting back on my clothes after going through the TSA checkpoint
striptease. Before leaving the area, I heard a soft voice say, "hey,
I really like your boots. Where did you get them?" Looking up, I
found a uniformed employee staring at my feet.
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I just spent five days attending the Santa Barbara Film
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It all makes sense now. Gay marriage and marijuana
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