Monday, March 26, 2012

Garden walk, colcannon and perseverance

- A sparkling sunny morning.  The trees out back look refreshed from their long winter's nap.  Later in the day, I walked through the paths of friend Alice's garden and told her of the calla lily that someone gave mom the week she passed away.  The bulb (or rhizome) needs planting and I feel responsible for it, but don't have a good spot for calla lilies.  She tells me to bring it to her and she'll find a spot.

- This recipe came from Simply Recipes - a wonderful blog of family recipes they share so you can make them your own.  It started with making Colcannon (mashed potatoes with kale) on Saturday - delicious with a couple of sausages and then these Colcannon Cakes on Sunday morning.  A couple of them with a poached egg were wonderful.  You can click on the recipe here.

- Checking in on the robin I wrote about on Friday, it seems as if she has found a way to have her nest in that spot.  It looks a bit precarious to me, but I admire that kind of perseverance. 


Granny Annie said...

You are wise to put the plant up for adoption. I attempted to save a small shrub that had been my grandmother's and failed miserably.

No kale for me thank you:)

I knew she would do it. But it is strange that she was determined on such a strange location. Precarious indeed.

happygirl said...

Colcannon sounds so much like the Dutch dish Stamppot. The dutch love to mash their food together. :) Enjoy that robin. She may be back next year. They like to do that.

Jannie Funster said...

Looks like that nest should work just fine. Hopefully!

Yummy looking fare there! Potato pancakes are one of my faves.

Hope you have a great day!


Chatty Crone said...

Mashed potatoes with kale - sounds odd but good. And aren't nests amazing - how do they start that first piece? sandie

Louvregirl said...

That's a pretty big nest and those
Colcannon Cakes look tasty!

Lynn said...

Granny Annie -

Alice definitely has a green thumb, so I know it'll be in good hands.

But kale is so good for you! :)

I had my zoom setting on and realized after I downloaded the photo that it looks as if my neighbor might have put something there to bolster the nest - like a folded towel or a pot holder. She's out of town, but I'll ask her when she gets back.

happygirl -

Stamppot - I like that name, too. :)

Jannie -

I wish you had been there to have some with me!


Sandie -

Since I live on the floor just under - I kept seeing pine straw falling. It took her a lot of tries.

lg -

So good.

Sparkling Red said...

Mmmm... Those colcannon cakes look delish! My mouth is watering.

G. B. Miller said...

Birdy had success!

Maude Lynn said...

Those Colcannon Cakes look delicious!

Shionge said...

Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures and intrigued to see the robin nested there :D

Riot Kitty said...

Being Irish, I never met a potato I didn't like. Yum!

Ileana said...

Wow, those cakes look like they'd make a fine breakfast (with sausage patties). I'll have to come back for the recipe...because the kids and hubby LOVE a good morning meal on the weekends.

What a nest! Determined little birdies, aren't they?

Love your posts and photos...always so positive and feel good! xo

Lynn said...

Sparkling Red -

I don't usually eat potatoes, but these were fun to make and delicious.

G -

Yes - but sadly one of the eggs rolled out. My neighbor and I had a discussion about making a robin nest box in that spot for next time.

Mama Zen -

So good!

Shionge -

Hey there and thank you.

Riot Kitty -

I didn't know you had Irish heritage.

Scarlett -

It's so good to see you! I've missed you - but figured you were wrapped up in hockey travel. xo

Snaggle Tooth said...

Such beautiful green trees! Sounds like a good spot for a special Lilly- plus you can visit it, n your friend too!
Another interesting food to check out that I've never heard of- Been ages since I've had kale.
Wow, the Robin did it! I'm amazed- Great pic! Good luck to her n the eggs

Lynn said...

Snaggle -

Kale seems like the in food right now, but I've always liked it. I have an abundance of it in my fridge and need to figure out some more recipes for it fast. :)

Fireblossom said...

Rockin' Robin!

Lynn said...

FB -

She does rock. :)

LL Cool Joe said...

I don't know what Kale is but the potato cakes look very good.

That nest does look a bit dodgy, but where there's a will, there's a way!

Betty Manousos said...

what a delicious post! really.

wishing a great day!

big hugs!

Sara said...

That's nice of your friend. You can go and visit the lily plant. You are right about planting them in the right place.

Birds are funny, aren't they. We have house sparrows and they make their nest in oddest places. It cracks me up. Our blue birds are nesting now.

I'm with Granny Annie...I don't like kale, but the fried cakes looked good anyway.

Lynn said...

Joe -

Kale is a green vegetable. It's kind of considered a superfood right now. I like it.

Love that word dodgy. :)

Betty -

Big hugs to you, too!

Sara -

If you had the colcannon with kale, I'll bet you'd like it. :)

I love nesting birds. The male is bringing bits of food to the female in the house. Love that.