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~ in ireland, potatoes were harvested during the autumn months, were made into colcannon, a mashed potato and cabbage/kale dish, for the samhain feast ~

an old Irish tradition during Samhain was a playful divination; small objects were inside the colcannon — a ring for a bride, a button for a bachelor, a thimble for a spinster, a coin for wealth — and whoever found the particular item with their serving would be or remain a bride, bachelor, spinster or wealthy in the upcoming year.  But if you make colcannon with these objects inside, please exercise caution against choking

don’t forget to leave a libation of food for ancestors and other spirits on Samhain night by arranging it on a small plate and placing it outside one of the lighted windows


6-8 medium-sized, red potatoes
1/4 head of cabbage or kale
2 tbsp margarine
1-2 tbsp milk
dash salt and pepper

chop the cabbage or kale, and quarter the potatoes.  Bring everything to boil in a large pot until cooked.  Drain the water, then add margarine and 1-2 tbsp of milk, and mash well to reach the consistency of mashed potatoes

if desired, drop in the (cleaned) thimble, button, ring and coin (exercise caution with these items in the colcannon)

stir well and serve with extra margarine, salt and pepper