A Nod to My Irish/Italian Heritage

While scanning the grocery flyers last weekend, I was inspired by the offering of a seasoned corned beef brisket for St. Patrick’s Day weekend.  As I may have said on this blog before, I grew up in an Irish and Italian household.  Most of the food we ate was Italian, but my Mom frequently made some of my Dad’s Irish favourites.  My Dad never did any cooking, but was definitely an enthusiastic diner of all my Mom’s dishes! He was effusive in his praise and you always knew how much he enjoyed the food and the company.  As a kid, I can’t say I enjoyed the corned beef and cabbage, but I did learn to appreciate it once I was an adult.  It’s been a long time since my Mom has made this, and I had never made it on my own before, so I was inspired to try it this past weekend.  I didn’t love the idea of boiled cabbage because I don’t find the flavour to be that interesting, but I do love when my Mom makes her Italian Style Sautéed Cabbage, so I decided to combine the two.

Corned Beef and sauteed cabbage March 2018
Corned Beef with Italian Style Sautéed Cabbage

I did the seasoned brisket according to the directions provided, which were to simmer the brisket in boiling water for 2 to 3 hours!  (It’s a good thing I read the directions when it came home from the grocery store so that I could plan enough time to have it ready!)  Preparing the cabbage is much simpler!   Continue reading “A Nod to My Irish/Italian Heritage”