“Oh, wasn’t it the happy days when troubles we had not,
And our mothers made Colcannon in the little skillet pot.”
When a dish inspires the lyrical connection between soothing recollections and mom making a family favorite, that’s comfort food with clout.
The focus of that ballad is colcannon, an Irish dish born of frugality from ingredients that were available even in the worst of times.
Originating from the 16th century when potatoes were introduced to Europe from the New World, colcannon became a year-round staple of the impoverished.
Today, it is a comfort-food classic, the kind of food that takes the blues away.