My mom is great at celebrating. It’s actually one of her best qualities. She is always ready to love you and celebrate you with food. Growing up she not only tried to make all the holidays a celebration, but also an education. She would break out the encyclopedia (yes, you read that correctly) and we would read about the holiday, the history and the food. These are some of my favorite memories and I’m trying to keep these traditions of learning and loving food alive in my family.
When I was young, my mom would usually make corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day supper, occasionally she would make shepherds’ pie. When I was in high school she would research the best Irish Pubs in Raleigh and we’d go to sample traditional Irish food, listen to traditional music and get a snipit of the culture. I’m sure all these simple plans took an enormous amount of forethought and money we didn’t have. But I don’t remember that part, mom kept all the grownup planning behind the scenes. All I remember is the look in my mom’s eyes as we read those encyclopedias, cooked in the kitchen and ate in pubs. It was a look of pure joy and love, and of wanting to be exactly where she was, with me.
Super Simple Corned Beef and Cabbage
Corned Beef (prepackaged is great, grass fed is better) about 3-4lbs.
1 head of Green Cabbage
1-2lbs. Red or Yukon gold potatoes
Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper
Place corned beef in crockpot and set on low for 8 hours. During the last hour prepare the cabbage and potatoes.
I make my cabbage a little differently than my mom, but she approves. Rinse cabbage, and cut into large rounds or cabbage steaks. Place on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Rise potatoes and place on another baking sheet, coat with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Heat oven to 400 degrees, place cabbage and potatoes in oven and roast for 45 minutes. Depending on size of cabbage steaks and potatoes, cabbage may be ready in 30 minutes, and if potatoes are large, they may require and additional 10 minutes. It’s jazz remember, just test it out and adjust as needed.