Monday, November 4, 2013

first november moonday

Almost, but not quite, finished with the October full moon cloth. Just a little blanket stitching left, a bit more stitch on the house, some ties to hang it with, and that should do it. It looks big here, but it's only about 4" x 8".

After harvesting a head of cabbage, if the plant is left to grow some more, it will produce baby cabbages. These four were from one of the pointed head cabbage plants in my garden. They look a little rough but were fine under those outer leaves. And they were just the right amount to make Colcannon on Halloween night -- one pound cabbage to 3 pounds potatoes.

Today is a waxing crescent moonday in the sign of Sagittarius. With the many changes outside, it feels like a page has been turned. So I'm settling in, thinking about November with its seemingly wide expanse of days -- waiting, watching, and wondering what new things lie ahead.

To the wonders of November. And here's how I make Colcannon.


1 pound cabbage, shredded
1/4 cup butter, at least
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 pounds potatoes, can use more or less
1 1/4 cups half & half

Cook cabbage in boiling salted water until barely done. Drain and roll up in a cloth towel to remove as much moisture as possible. Melt 2 T. of the butter in large skillet -- add onion, cabbage, salt & pepper. Saute until onion is soft. Peel, cube, and boil potatoes in water until done. Mash potatoes, gradually adding enough half & half and butter to make them fluffy. Add cabbage mixture and dot with more butter.


Nat Palaskas said...

Colcannon, I haven't heard it before, but it sounds delicious. Will try it coz I love cabbages - Hugs Nat

deanna7trees said...

when i first saw the jar of acorns, i thought they were almonds and i wondered...

Peggy said...

Nat, yes, it's technically called Irish Colcannon, made with either kale or cabbage. It's good!

Deanna, ha -- well, they DO look like almonds, don't they? Hope they give some color.

Ms. said...

Ha--and I thought they were garlic slivers...I marinate garlic in a mix of rice and balsamic vinegar...then eat it raw after a month...or toss it in's sweet and medicinal.

Brussel sprouts with cream cheese and a dash of pepper is a favorite winter casserole for me and my New England Irish friends

What IS that gorgeous last shot...? Leaves on printed cloth?

Your dear moon cloth is so colorful...just what's needed for November! Really spices up the mood just right. Tucking in myself...I feel the change strongly.

Nancy said...

How do you continue to make the acorns look so beautiful?!! I really like the moon cloth with it's variegated spiral roots. I especially like how the roots connect with home!

Deb G said...

Love the combination of colors and layers in the stitching. I have some acorns that I collected and need to do something with them...

Sara Crittenden Coppedge said...

I knew they were acorns right away because I have some too! I love this little cloth. It has a joyful spirit.