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Well,

Here comes St Patricks Day. Last year, this was the one holiday where I almsot bent; not for the corned beef, but for the cabbage. Let me explain.

As a favor, I was given boiled cabbage, but it was boiled in plain water. As many of you know, it is usually cooked along with the rest of the traditional meal. It was bland.

I am not suggesting I would eat it if cooked the traditional way, but does anyone know a recipie which would give boiled cabbage a taste, while not equivalent, similar?
 

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Not quite what you are looking for but you can't get more Irish than Colcannon and Irish Stew:

Colcannon

2 lbs boiling potatoes peeled and quartered

1.5 pounds cabbage, quartered

4 tbsp margarine

1 cup soymilk

1 tsp salt or to taste

freshly ground pepper

6 scallions sliced wafer thin

Method

Put the potatoes in a pan and just cover them with cold water. Bring to a boil and boil gently for a total of 15-20 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork. Halfway through the cooking, add the cabbage quarters to the pot. When done, drain very well. Remove the cabbage and slice into thin strips and set aside. Add the margarine, half of the soymilk, salt and pepper to the potato pot and mash, smoothing out all the lumps. Add the remaining soymilk, blending until you have a thick puree. Add the shredded cabbage and mix until well blended. Taste and correct seasonings. Return the pot to low heat, stirring frequently until hot. Serve in a heated serving bowl garnished with the scallions.

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Irish Stew

From "The (Almost) No Fat Holiday Cookbook-Festive Vegetarian Recipes" by

Bryanna Clark Grogan.

Published by Book Publishing Company in Summertown, Tennessee. 1995.

Serves 6; Per serving: Calories: 114, Protein: 5 gm., Fat: 0 gm.,

Carbohydrates: 22 gm.

2 medium onions, sliced

1/4 c. unbleached flour

4 c. water

2 c. mushrooms, thickly sliced

1 c. carrot or parsnips, sliced into rounds

1 c. turnips or rutabagas, peeled and in large dice

1 c. celery, diced

1/2 c. split red lentils

1/2 c. fresh parsley, chopped

1/4 c. soy sauce or mushroom soy sauce

3 vegetarian or soy bouillon cubes

1 bay leaf

2 tsp Marmite or other yeast extract

1 tsp. sugar or alternate sweetener

1/4 tsp. EACH dried thyme, rosemary, and marjoram

black pepper to taste

a dash of Kitchen Bouquet for color (optional)

1 c. dry textured vegetable protein chunks {another recipe} optional

In a large, lightly oiled, heavy pot, steam-fry the onion until it begins to

soften.

Add the flour and stir around thoroughly.

Add the remaining ingredients, mix well, and bring to a boil.

Cover, turn down to low, and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the

vegetables are done.

Taste for seasoning.

Serve with Colcannon
 

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Thanks for posting those Mr. Falafel. I was just trying to work out a St. Pat's day menu myself. I've been hoping to discover a vegan "corned beef"
 

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Thanks for the link superchicken!

vj...St. Pat's is traditionally a Catholic holiday, but being American, but you must know that it's been co-opted by society at large. Feel free to wear your orange on the 17th, but as for me, I'll be having fun.
 

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Great recipes! I'm definitely going to try them.

Re Protestants: Just because someone believes or celebrates something differently than you do doesn't mean they're not having fun.

Re Guinness: I miss Guinness too. Anything by Anheiser-Busch is vegan (Budweiser, Michelob). Also anything by Fat Tire (such as 1554, which is dark and imo tastes better than Guinness). There's also Irish whiskey
 

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Thanks for the link superchicken!

vj...St. Pat's is traditionally a Catholic holiday, but being American, but you must know that it's been co-opted by society at large. Feel free to wear your orange on the 17th, but as for me, I'll be having fun.
I'll be having fun at the Pow Wow. I'm not Irish and I don't drink Guinness. Say hello to the little people when you see em.
 

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Just because someone believes or celebrates something differently than you do doesn't mean they're not having fun.
Well, duh. However, I took the op to mean that non-Catholics shouldn't celebrate at all.


I must admit, a Pow-Wow sounds fun. I used to attend every now and then when I lived in Michigan.
 

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The "duh" was to say that of course, I don't think people need to celebrate in the same way to have fun.

"PS St Patricks Day is a Catholic Holiday, Protestants don't have Saints." This is the comment that suggested to me that vj thought Protestants needn't celebrate.

I really didn't mean this to become a hostile or antagonistic thread, because well, it's about St. Patrick's Day.
 

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I made the BEST Irish colcannon-inspired soup yesterday, thanks to a recipe in Cooking Light. Oh my gosh was it ever good.

I used vegetable broth and Earth Balance, of course, and subbed some kale for some of the cabbage, cause I love kale.

Irish Colcannon and Thyme Leaf Soup

2 tablespoons butter, divided

2 1/2 cups diced peeled baking potatoes (about 14 oz)

1 cup diced onion (about 4 oz)

1/2 teaspoon salt, divided

1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided

3 cups broth

2 cups water

3 Tablespoons water

8 cups thinly sliced savoy cabbage

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

In a large saucepan, melt 1 Tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add the potatoes, the onion, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper and cook for about 6 minutes (covered, stirring occasionally). Add in the broth and 2 cups of water, bring to a boil, and cook 10 minutes or so (until potato is tender).

Meanwhile, combine the 3 Tablespoons of water with the remaining Tablespoon of butter in a dutch oven or large stewpot. Bring to a simmer and then add the sliced cabbage and thyme. Cover the pot and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the pot from heat, and stir in the remaining salt and pepper.

In batches, with steam vent open (or blender lid centerpiece removed), blend the potato mixture in a blender (cover lid with clean cloth to prevent splattering). Add the blended potato mix to the cooked cabbage. When all is combined, cook over medium-low heat until thoroughly heated. Then serve! Makes 6 servings.
 

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Great recipes! I'm definitely going to try them.

Re Protestants: Just because someone believes or celebrates something differently than you do doesn't mean they're not having fun.

Re Guinness: I miss Guinness too. Anything by Anheiser-Busch is vegan (Budweiser, Michelob). Also anything by Fat Tire (such as 1554, which is dark and imo tastes better than Guinness). There's also Irish whiskey
What kind of irish whiskey do you like? I've tried a few (Powers & Son, Bushmills, Tullamore Dew, Jameson, Kilbeggan and Paddy) but I'm always interested in trying something new.

I generally like Powers & Son or Jameson the best. Paddy was (by far) the best I've ever had but it's my understanding that they do not export outside of Ireland. (I had it at a party and someone there had brought a bottle back.)
 

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What kind of irish whiskey do you like? I've tried a few (Powers & Son, Bushmills, Tullamore Dew, Jameson, Kilbeggan and Paddy) but I'm always interested in trying something new.

I generally like Powers & Son or Jameson the best. Paddy was (by far) the best I've ever had but it's my understanding that they do not export outside of Ireland. (I had it at a party and someone there had brought a bottle back.)
Jameson Gold is delicious, but I'm not sure if you can get it in the states, it's very expensive also (like 70+ for a bottle) but it was lovely!

Paddy is not really renowned in Ireland as a good whiskey, because it's quite harsh, but it is popular with the tourists
 
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