Someone (I'm not mentioning any names, but it was my fault!) forgot to pick up a brisket so I couldn't serve corned beef and cabbage tonight. I usually serve this meal with potatoes, carrots, celery, and onions every St. Patrick's Day so I was sad to break with my tradition. However, I'm flexible and I like to cook so I started thinking outside the box.
I pawed through my pantry and fridge and swear that I saw a tumbleweed blow through my kitchen. We're looking to move within the next several weeks so I haven't been doing a lot of stocking up at the grocery store, Costco, or Sam's Club lately. I've been specifically working through our non-perishables so that I won't have to pack up, move, and unpack a fully-stocked kitchen pantry.
I had a carton of instant potato granules in the pantry, a brown onion in my hanging veggie basket, and a bunch of curly leaf kale & some carrots in my vegetable crisper. All the ingredients to make a delicious colcannon. Awesome! I also had a bag of frozen mixed veggies; great! The entree gave me cause to pause because it appeared that all I had were some fish sticks, one chicken breast, and a couple of cans of tuna fish. I grabbed the tuna, wondering if sandwiches would be too lame, and then noticed that I had two cans of salmon next to it. All I needed was a couple of eggs and some breadcrumbs and we'd be grubbing on salmon patties for supper. Jackpot!
Mixed veggies, colcannon, and salmon patties. . .sounds like a perfectly acceptable and festive St. Patty's day meal to me and it certainly was tasty!
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A couple of funny notes about my dinner preparation this evening:
~ My son noticed that I pulled out the instant potato granules and he pointed saying, "Mashed potatoes." Yeah, yeah, so I love to cook and all that, but that doesn't mean that I want to waste my time if no one notices my efforts. No one in my house gives a rip if I peel, chop, boil, and mash actual potatoes or if I whip up some instant taters so I choose to serve up the easiest option.
~ When I pulled the bunch of kale out of the refrigerator, my son pointed and exclaimed, "KALE!!" Then he added, "I love kale." I love kale too and I thought, "That's my boy!!" I shared this vignette with my husband and he shook his head while saying, "You two are a couple of hippies."