Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish often served at Halloween. In some families, the cook will hide lucky charms or coins in the mixture .. these are said to bring the recipients good luck or fortune. This version uses cabbage and spring onions, but you may use kale and leeks instead if you prefer.
450g / 1 lb floury potatoes, cut into chunks
55g / 2 oz butter
150ml / 5fl oz single cream
1/2 small green or white cabbage
6 spring onions, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
*Cook the potatoes in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 15 - 20 minutes. Drain well and mash with a potato masher until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the butter and cream, stir well. The potato should be very soft.
*Cut the cabbage into quarters, remove the center stalk and shred the leaves finely. Cook the cabbage in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 1-2 minutes or until soft. Drain thoroughly.
*Mix the potato and cabbage together and stir in the spring onions. Season well with salt and pepper.
*Add your lucky charm or coin .. mix well (optional) :)