Friday, August 8, 2008


Tonight I made Rumbledethumps based on the recipe in Maw Broon’s Cookbook (U.K. link). Oh my goodness! It was delicious! Rumbledethumps is a cousin of Colcannon and a few other regional dishes, all of which are based on potatoes and cabbage. I had never made, let alone tasted Rumbledethumps before tonight. But both Chuck and I found it delicious and satisfying.

Before cooking, I Googled Rumbledethumps and Colcannon to see about the range of variations. There are many! But the following is what I did:

One pound of Potatoes - boiled, drained and mashed

One pound of Cabbage - cored and sliced finely
one large Onion - sliced finely
a little crushed Garlic (that’s all me!)
Olive Oil
Crumbled Bacon
a splash of Light Cream

Grated Cheddar Cheese

While the potatoes are going in one pot, start the onions and garlic in a large open fry pan with some olive oil, butter and a pinch of salt. Add the finely sliced cabbage. Cover and cook until wilted. Add some crumbled bacon to the cabbage and onion mixture. You don’t want the veggies to brown nor do you want them to be soggy, so let them finish cooking with the lid off. Season with pepper and salt to taste.

Drain and mash the potatoes along with some butter, salt, pepper and the splash of cream. Combine the mashed potatoes with the cabbage mixture. Spread the potatoes and cabbage in a baking dish. Cover with grated cheddar cheese (or cheese blend of your choice). Bake in a hot oven (I set mine to 450 degrees F on convection) until the cheese on top is golden.

I had been wanting to try this hearty cold weather dish ever since I first read it in Maw Broon’s. I am so glad this afternoon came in unseasonably cool and drizzly!


Roo said...

Hey Lee - I love the fact that a simple recipe book can bring fantastic posts about your family.. we could be related by the way, Irish Scot and RC.... I loved the post on the family history, and especially like the fact that you enjoy good hearty food too. I wish we could send smells over the airwaves, because as I sit here typing away in the kitchen, Peter has just started cooking the herbs and spices for tonight's meal, a chick-pea curry, and the scents and sizzling noises coming from the other side of the room are divine. Love to you both,

purpleronnie said...

This sounds yummy - i think i will try it this week some time.

Pink Granite said...

Hi Roo -
I'm glad you enjoyed the posts!
The rumbledethumps was soooo good! I like to imagine that my peeps used to make the same dish and that helps strengthen my connection to them.
Dollars to doughnuts, somewhere back on our family trees, we share a branch or two!
Your description of the chickpea curry Peter was whipping up had my mouth watering. Save some for us!
- Lee

Hi Ronnie -
You won't be disappointed!
I think the next time I make it, I'll divide it into two baking dishes and put one away before baking and browning it in the oven. More yumminess for another day!
- Lee

Sue said...

I love that you're using this cook book to prepare meals!! I've only read it and keep threatening to make a Maw Broon's dinner. Ha-ha. I'd better fish it out and start planning...


PS. Been a bit busy at work, so only catching up on my blog-reading today.

Pink Granite said...

Hi Sue -
I owe my awareness and enjoyment of this cookbook to you! Thanks very much!
- Lee