Monday, December 1, 2008


Cabbage ACEO 2.5 x 3.5"
The lowly cabbage is really a beautiful thing to paint. All those lush greens and the delicate ribbing in each. I'm not a big vegetable person but this summer I fuond a great cole slaw receipe that uses sugar and vinegar and NO mayo. Its great for hot weather and goes really well with pork dishes. We don't eat much cole slaw in winter but I'm reminded of the super irish receipe Colcannon. Check here for all variations on colcannon:
I was surprised to see "Colcannon at Hallowe'en used to contain a plain gold ring, a sixpence, a thimble or button: finding the ring meant marriage within the year for the person who found it, the sixpence meant wealth, the thimble spinsterhood and the button bachelorhood."
My mother use to bake these trinkets into my birthday cake. is it just a coincidence that my birthday is the day before Halloween? Every child got a piece of cake with some token in it and she said it told our fortune. I have no idea where she found this set of metal trinkets or what happened to them.


BGE said...

The Irish Halloween cake is called Barm Brac and indeed those trinkets are usually wrapped in parchment and baked into the cake. It reminds me of a cake called a king cake we used to have in New Orleans during the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras (between the Feast of the Epiphany and Mardi Gras day) and which contained a plastic or ceramic baby inside.

Peg529 said...

Kathy! I never knew Mom did that! The third child misses out on all that kind of thing... :-)

Kathleen said...

Wrapped in parchment? That would have been a lot neater.
Peg - thats probably becasue she loved me best ;-) You always got real nice store bought cakes with pink frosting roses. And you had nice summer weather so your party wasnt in the basement.

Peg529 said...

I think it's time to get out the home movies and make the girls watch the 18 years worth of basement Halloween parties you had!!!!! It's half the tape! Maybe they did love you best... :-)