Thursday, March 15, 2012


Colcannon Pancakes over Caraway Roasted Cabbage

I chose Once (2006) for my Irish (St. Patricks day) movie because I have such a strong affection for it. It's a beautiful understated film set in Dublin, Ireland that follows a Czech immigrant and a street musician who meet one evening and begin to write songs together. We see over the coarse of a week how their unique love develops.

I paired this movie with an Irish classic called Colcannon, which is essentially mashed potatoes mixed up with curly kale and scallions. So here's the special recipe I made for this classic.

Colcannon Pancakes

Makes about 3 good servings (12 small pancakes)

4 russet potatoes
1 bunch of curly kale
1 bunch of chopped green onion
1 cup vegenaise
roughly 2 and 1/2 Tablespoons of fresh grated horseradish (optional but recommended)
1 tsp sea salt (to taste)
safflower oil
1/2 cup flour of choice on a plate

Peel and cut potatoes into small pieces and boil until soft (about 15 minutes). mash the potatoes with sea salt and vegenaise (and horseradish if opting for it). Cut kale into manageable, bite size pieces and steam, boil or braise. I sauteed the kale with a bit of safflower oil then braised in some leftover pot liquor. This is also how I cooked my green onion. I realize not everyone just happens to have some pot liquor in their fridge, but maybe look at the ingredients ( in Baby Doll post) and see if you can't throw some of that together for a braising liquid.

Stir in the kale and green onion. Coat a frying pan with safflower oil, form colcannon into palm sized patties, coat in flour and pan fry on medium until golden brown on both sides.

Roasted Cabbage

One head of green cabbage, sliced
safflower oil
sea salt
1 Tablespoon of caraway seeds

coat cabbage with oil and sprinkle liberally with sea salt. Sprinkle caraway seeds over the cabbage. Bake at 400 for about 40 minutes, flipping half way in between.

"I don't know you, but I want you all the more for that"

"Words fall through me and always fool me and I can't react"

"What's the Czech for 'Do you love him?"


  1. What a great film. I love the music, too. Your colcannon pancakes look like the perfect accompaniment. :)

  2. Those pancakes look so good! They remind me of when I was in Wales and I had Laverbread Pancakes! Deliciois :)

  3. Hallo Pj,

    I really appreciate your blog and the way it mixes with movies...the redrum cupcakes look terrific.
    I've just starting blogging and added yours in my list of favorites.
    I hope to see you at

    dr Caligari

    1. Thanks! I look forward to your blog. Maybe you can guest blog sometime and come up with a menu pairing for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligary :)

  4. That's a great idea! I'm working on it...

  5. I love "Once," too! I have to restrain myself from buying tickets to see the play, mostly because I don't want it to ruin the movie for me! Also, those Colcannon Pancakes sound like the most perfect meal ever. YUM!