Simple meals are the backbone of a traditional diet. Your family will need a repertoire of favourites to rotate through as staples.
Colcannon is my family's favourite winter vegetable dish. Colcannon is traditional Irish peasant food, made with inexpensive & readily available ingredients. It's easy to add bacon or sausage to complete the meal & it can be served for breakfast, lunch or supper.
Colcannon with Bacon
1 lb organic bacon
2 lbs organic potatoes
1 large bunch organic kale
1/2 cup grass fed butter
1/2 cup raw milk
Heat the oven to 400. Place bacon on a cookie sheet & bake until done to your preference (30 mins to crispy for me!).
Wash potatoes & cut into chunks. Place in cold salted water, bring to a boil & simmer until fork tender.
Wash kale & slice leafy portions from the stems. Tear into bite sized pieces.
When potatoes are ready, toss kale into the pot, replace the lid & turn off the heat. Let it steam for 2 minutes, then drain vegetables.
Put butter & milk in the pot on low heat until butter is melted. Return potatoes & kale to the pot & mash. Season with fresh ground pepper & sea salt.
Serve colcannon with bacon & a pool of butter melted in the middle!