Posted in Comfort Foods, International Cooking, Ireland, Irish Cooking, Re-blogged, Re-posted, St. Patty's Day

From Cooking in Sens: Colcannon

Cooking In Sens : Colcannon.

https://cookinginsens.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/colcannon/

An interesting thing about the traditional American St. Patrick’s Day meal of corned beef and cabbage is that corned beef is not a traditional Irish food at all.  When they could get it the Irish ate bacon with their cabbage, beef being reserved for the Anglo-Irish landlords and too dear for even a once a year splurge, even if it had been available.  In fact, historically, corned beef was associated with the Atlantic slave trade and poverty; undesirable cuts of beef were corned and traded to France or other countries, while the “better” portions were sent to the British colonies.  In any case, corned beef was not on the menu for the common Irishman.

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It must have been quite a shock when the Irish landed in the U.S. and found that corned beef was both readily available to all and cheap!  No wonder corned beef became the Irish-American celebratory centerpiece for the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

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My real name is Debra (Debbie Sue). Sarah is a nickname given to me in high school. My husband has always called me that so here in Florida It's all I am known by. I was born and raised in Illinois. My son and I moved to Colorado in 1982. I taught school for 17 years. Then I ran a homeschooling/preschool/daycare until 2006 when I moved to Florida after my son, Bobby died suddenly. He was almost 26. Danny and I live and work at a state park here. I miss the mountains and climate of Colorado. I miss snow and the four seasons. I miss Bobby.

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