What to Cook When You Don’t Know What to Cook: Colcannon

Colcannon is wonderful. It’s cheap, it’s filling, it’s quick, and best of all everything in it keeps well so you can just have the stuff on hand.

 

Here’s what you need:

– 3 large mashing potatoes (most grocery stores have potatoes sorted into “mashing”, “boiling”, and “roasting”. Any potato will work, really, but mashers are best for this)

– 1/2 an onion, sliced pretty thin

– 1/4 to 1/3 of a green cabbage, sliced into ~1/2″ strips (1-2 cm)

– 1/2 cup milk, cream, or milk substitute (almond milk or cashew cream are my recommendations)

– butter or oil

– salt

– pepper

– a big pot

– a pan

– a wooden spoon

– a potato masher

 

Here’s what you do:

Cut up your potatoes into cubes, like 6-8 chunks per potato, put them in a big pot. Add enough water to cover the potatoes, then add ~1 teaspoon of salt. Put them on medium-high heat (7-8 usually) until they boil.

This is a good time to slice your onion and cabbage, if you didn’t do it beforehand. Put a pan on medium-high and melt a tablespoon of butter or oil in it, then add your onions and cabbage, and put a whole bunch of pepper on them. Move them around with a wooden spoon until everything is floppy and a little brown, then turn the burner off and move the pan.

Check your potatoes. They’re done when you stick a fork in one and it breaks apart super easily. Once they’re done, drain the water from the pot, add the dairy/substitute (and a couple tablespoons of butter if you’re not vegan), then mash. Once mashed, add your onions and cabbage and mix with the wooden spoon.

It is food, eat it.

 

Here are other things you can do:

– add chopped bacon, sausage, ground beef, or leftover meat to the onion and cabbage business

– swap the cabbage for kale

– leave out the onion, and instead boil sliced leeks with the potatoes

 

I eat this on the reg, largely because it’s easy and tasty. I always have potatoes, onions, almond milk, and butter around, so I just have to pop down to the store to grab a cabbage to make it. Then I’ll usually make coleslaw with the rest of the cabbage.

Happy cooking.

♡ Kit

 

 

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How to Start Cooking

For our inaugural post, I thought it would good idea to get into how to start cooking in the first place if home cooking is not already a part of your life.

My most important advice is this: start small.

Like any change in your life, it’s good to ease in and take incremental steps so that you don’t overwhelm yourself and flame out. If you don’t cook at all, just start with one meal a week. At first, cooking will be a bit of a time commitment, so one meal a week will allow you to schedule your cooking for a day when you’re not coming home from work tired and starving.

Secondly: start with food you know and like. Experimentation is awesome, but there’s nothing quite like making food you really enjoy eating to help encourage your new hobby. Ask family or friends how to make that thing you like, or search for a “from scratch” version of a convenience meal you enjoy.

Thirdly, remember how low the stakes are. The worst thing that can happen from this process is you make some food that is gross. Not a big deal! Try and try again is definitely the cooking motto, and with each mistake you really will learn.

Happy cooking!

♡ Kit

Welcome!

Greetings, new cooks! This blog is for people who never learned to cook, people who think they can’t cook, and people with limitations that make cooking hard to do. We’ll have tips and recipes, findable through tags,  for whatever is important to you, whether that’s low cost, long self-life, quick to prepare, or simple food. 

Welcome to cooking!

♡ Kit