Colcannon

(The Skillet Pot)
Traditional Irish

Audio

This example of "Colcannon" is performed by  Eoin Verling and Máirtín de Cógáin of The Fuchsia Band on their album Gra da Raibh, available from the Chivalry Music store
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Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish made from mashed potatoes, cabbage (or kale), butter, salt and pepper. It may also contain milk, cream, leeks, onions, garlic, boiled ham or Irish bacon.

Did you ever eat Colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream?
With the greens and scallions mingled like a picture in a dream.
Did you ever make a hole on top to hold the melting flake
Of the creamy, flavoured butter that your mother used to make?

Chorus:
Yes you did, so you did, so did he and so did I.
And the more I think about it, sure, the nearer I'm to cry.
Oh, wasn't it the happy days when troubles we had not,
And our mothers made Colcannon in the little skillet pot.

Did you ever take potato cake in a basket to the school,
Tucked underneath your arm with your book, your slate and rule?
And when the teacher wasn't looking, sure, a great big bite you'd take,
Of the creamy flavoured buttered soft and sweet potato cake.

Did you ever go a-courting as the evening sun went down,
And the moon began a-peeping from behind the Hill o' Down?
As you wandered down the boreen where the leprechaun was seen,
And you whispered loving phrases to your little fair colleen