Vegan Mofo 12: Ireland / A Halloween Dish of Colcannon

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I’m posting twice today because I wanted to cover a few more countries before the end of Mofo! (My theme is ‘Places I’ve Been’ so I’m making dishes I had or wish I’d had in various places I’ve visited in my travels.)

A couple of years ago I spent a long weekend in Dublin.  I wish I’d seen more of Ireland as I leave fairly close (well, just a short plane trip away) yet I’ve only seen Dublin.  Kind of like how I’ve lived in Britain for over 4 years and have still barely seen the country (I’ve only been to Edinburgh, Bristol, Oxford, Hitchin and Cambridge outside London).  It’s so easy to ignore things when they’re close and seem you can visit any time!  I had some good vegetarian food in Dublin but I don’t think I had any typical Irish food.  I also had a good wander around the city centre and saw the Oscar Wilde park, which had a lot of interesting phrases written on the walls (see pics below).


Although I didn’t have Irish food in Ireland, I recently made colcannon, which is apparently a traditional Halloween dish, so perfect for tomorrow!  According to what I’ve read, traditionally charms (and sometimes coins) were hidden in the colcannon dish on Halloween, and any unmarried girl who found a charm was going to get married.  If she found one, she was supposed to hang a sock filled with the charm and some of the colcannon on the house door (hope the colcannon didn’t start to rot and smell!) and then the first man to enter the house was her intended.  I didn’t hide any charms in my colcannon but I thought it was a delicious, easy to make dish for the season (plus I loved the use of kale), and it was great comfort food!


Makes 4 servings


  • 1 lb potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 100 g kale (2-3 large handfuls)
  • 2 tbsp vegan margarine
  • 4 tbsp soya milk, or other non-dairy milk
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil, and boil the diced potatoes until they’re tender.  Remove the potatoes from the boiling water and boil the kale for one minute.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the potatoes with the margarine and soya milk.   Once the potatoes are mashed, add the cooked kale, green onions, and salt and pepper and mix.

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4 thoughts on “Vegan Mofo 12: Ireland / A Halloween Dish of Colcannon”

  1. I love colcannon! I had no idea that it was a traditional Halloween dish. That’s funny that the tradition included hanging colcannon on the front door. When you make it out to the English countryside, there’s a great B&B in the Cotswolds called The Old School. It’s a renovated old schoolhouse, as you’d probably guess from the name. My husband and I went a few years ago, and the owner filled us with some fabulous vegan breakfasts that had us full for half of the day!

  2. Hanging colcannon on your door sounds like a waste of colcannon to me!

    I know what you mean about not seeing so much of England – I’ve lived here all my life and there’s loads of places I’ve not been. Maybe a plan for next year…

    • Yes, definitely a waste and I can’t imagine it would smell nice if it started to rot! Definitely sounds like a good plan for next year… :)


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Hi, I’m Caitlin and I’ve been vegan since 2008 and vegetarian my whole life. Since going vegan, I’ve lived in 4 countries and travelled to over 30! I’ve also published two bestselling vegan books (The Essential Vegan Travel Guide and The Barcelona Vegan Guide) and had my work featured in The New York Times, Vegetarian Food & Living and Vegan Life magazine. I’ve veganised my life and I’m here to help you design your life around your vegan values. 


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