Archive for March 17th, 2012

March 17, 2012

Day 127

Corned Beef and Cabbage

I’m sure it’s the name that’s kept me away from this food all these years. What in the world is a corned beef? Sounds like a beef that’s been compromised in a rather naughty way. But it’s actually just salt-cured (brined with “corns” of salt). And it’s good — though it has nothing on a ham. This dish could have been a winner. I like potatoes. And carrots. And cabbage. And salty meat. (No, that one wasn’t a sexual innuendo. I know sometimes it’s hard to tell with me.) But there was a typical SNAFU in the Picky Niki kitchen. Recipes called for “pickling spice.” And the brand I picked up included cinnamon. Had I known this before I dumped it into my dutch oven I would have rethought the whole thing. But a brief survey of the internet reveals that adding cinnamon isn’t Abby Normal at all. And I do always love cinnamon. I mean, almost always. Not, apparently, when it’s been stewing with meat and cabbage for a couple hours. Happy St. Pat’s anyway.