Advertisements

I Love Ireland – Colcannon Soup

Today I am guest blogging at The Thread Affect.

************************************************************

I love Ireland, no seriously, I REALLY LOVE Ireland!

Dublin is in my top five cities of the world and if I didn’t currently live in Australia, I would be living in Dublin. And as our dear friends from The Thread Affect are on holiday in Ireland, it got me thinking about the Emerald Isle.

For a large part of both the population of the US and Australia, we can trace our “roots” and heritage back to Ireland, so going there on holiday is in a sense going home. A few years ago, my husband, also known as The Fashion Mister and I, made our pilgrimage back to the home land. Our first stop was in Dublin. We were there to do the standard tourist things but also to meet up with some of the Irish Clan.

At our first meal in Dublin we stayed at the hotel and went to the restaurant for lunch. They were serving a buffet style meal and it meant we didn’t have to stray too far. As I worked my way through the line I noticed they served potatoes three, yes THREE, different ways, and it seemed you had to have at least two versions on your plate or you couldn’t proceed!

Little did I know that this was merely the beginning of the potato feast during our two-week stay! We quickly learned that everything is better with potato and bacon. If you could fit cabbage into the mix all the better!

In fact colcannon, a traditional Irish dish of mashed potato with kale or cabbage, is often topped off with a little bacon. It’s this delicious Irish dish that inspired me when I returned to make what has now become a family favourite, Colcannon Soup.

Colcannon Soup

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 1 ¼ hours

Serves: approx. 6

100 ml olive oil

1 white cabbage, cored & shredded

175 ml white wine

3 large potatoes, coarsely chopped

2 onions, coarsely chopped

A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

6 thick slices of pork belly

3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

200 ml double cream (sour cream works nicely too)

Salt & pepper

Heat 5 tablespoons of the oil in a large pan. Add the cabbage and cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes, until softened but not coloured. Add the white wine, potatoes, onions and nutmeg and pour in enough water to cover. Add the pork belly and bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer gently for about 1 hour, until the meat is tender.

Remove the meat with a slotted spoon, Transfer the soup to a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Heat the remaining oil in a small frying pan. Add the garlic and cook over a low heat, stirring frequently, until it is just beginning to colour. If necessary, reheat the soup (I often return it to the hot pan and keep it covered to keep it warm during this step.

Serve the soup hot in bowls with a swirl of cream and the garlic chips. Serve the pork belly either in the soup or separately on slices of toasted rustic bread.

This soup is divine. Haven’t met a soul yet that doesn’t go back for more!

Advertisements

About astimegoesbuy

Just a middle-aged woman with a love of fashion trying to have a purchasing fast. Spending 90 days dressing out of what is already in the wardrobe.If I can't shop for clothes, I may as well write about clothes! View all posts by astimegoesbuy

10 responses to “I Love Ireland – Colcannon Soup

New research shows that those who leave a comment are 73% more in touch with their inner fashionista than those who don't!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Paris: People, Places and Bling

Theadora's Field Guide to Shopping in Paris

brown paper belle

food + entertaining + garden + travel

tinlizzieridesagain

Adventures in Bikeable Fashion

msellenorrose

learning to be creative in everyday life

Veloria in Velvet

The street is my runway...

Pierotucci Leather Factory Blog

Italian leather bags and more

Being Zhenya

Style and Beauty Blog by Zhenya Hutson

Purse Full of Pennies

Second-hand gems, charity shop finds and venerable vintage

Travel Treks and Quests

Travel, Quests, and Adventures off the Beaten Path

Buttons and Birdcages

A vintage style and world travel blog

The Modern Mother's Holy Grail

How to fake a perfect life

NewLifenStyle

Luxury Life, Travel & Style

the hearty serving

local. (mostly) organic. delicious.

We Heart Vintage

Everything fabulous in fashion and photography from the 20s through to the 70s and beyond

ChristinRenié

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” ― Yves Saint-Laurent

%d bloggers like this: