Irish Brown Soda Bread and Colcannon



It’s been five years since I posted these good St. Patrick’s Day treats.  I thought it was time for a replay.



I have a very slim Irish line in my ancestry, but I married a man who was was fiercely proud of his Irish lineage.  Frank used to take off work on St. Patrick’s Day so he could grab his green derby and head for the nearest pub to spend the day.  One St. Patrick’s Day, he showed up on the evening news coverage at Hap’s Irish Pub with his derby slightly askew,  surrounded by his cronies, waving a big mug of beer and bellowing out, “When Irish Eyes are Smiling”.  His mother said, “Jesus, Joseph and Mary, I’m mortified to death” that her friends saw him in such a state, but this is the woman who was doing the Irish jig for her grandchildren well into her 80s and who said her grandmother washed her clothes on the banks of the river Shannon.

So, I raised four mostly-Irish children and…

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

4 thoughts on “Irish Brown Soda Bread and Colcannon”

  1. Thanks, that reminded me that I’ve wanted to try the colcannon and keep forgetting. I’m a lot of things, but I claim the Irish. =) I laughed when I read what your MIL said, because if that’s not Irish, I don’t know what is! A good friend’s mother used to say Jesus, Joseph and Mary, too, and she was direct from the old country. =)

  2. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you Lillian and hope you enjoy your Irish dinner. My mother was born on St. Patrick’s Day so this day also has a special meaning even though my ancestors came from Scotland. Haven’t posted in a while although I have completed 53 hats for the shelter and several shawls. Hope all is well with you and family. Hugs

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