As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, I’m turning to classic Irish-inspired dinners to get me through the last (hopefully!) of the cold days of winter. Meals made of potatoes, cabbage, and kale are seasonal, relatively nutritious and economical, and we’re having fun making dishes with wonky names boxty, coddle, champ, and colcannon.
Colcannon is my favourite of the lot—how can you go wrong with butter-toasted kale mixed into creamy mashed potatoes? Also, it happens to be a great way to get greens into the kids, because when chopped finely enough the kale might look a little more like fresh herbs instead of hearty greens, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
If you’re interested in learning a little more about Irish cooking, Rachel’s Irish Family Food by Rachel Allen is a great resource, as is Irish Traditional Cooking by Darina Allen. Also, stay tuned for this month’s EatSavvy which is dedicated to bringing the best of Irish cuisine to your family dinner table.
Do you have a favourite Irish-inspired dish to make for your family?
Get the full printable recipe for kale colcannon here.
While I often reference my many cookbooks when I have a food-related question or quandary, I also turn to a few specific websites for inspiration and information when I need it quickly. I keep a folder in my bookmarks with a list of sites to use, and while some are definitely better than others, there are a few I turn to consistently for their clear and concise information.
Here are a few of my favourite online cooking resources for the home cook. None have flashy websites or speciality graphics, but the information is accurate and reliable, and incredibly useful for anyone interested in cooking.
Cook’s Thesaurus: a cooking encyclopedia that covers thousands of ingredients and kitchen tools. Entries include pictures, descriptions, synonyms, pronunciations, and suggested substitutions.
Cooking for Engineers: detailed instructions on food and cooking for those who ask how AND why.
Joy of Baking: Tested baking and dessert recipes and how-to videos.
Instant Cooking Conversions: Converts all types of kitchen units easily and instantly.
Cook’s Illustrated: Good for tested recipes, equipment reviews, and how-to videos; subscription required.
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