Ryan's wisdom teeth extraction last week also demanded lots of soft foods... I went to my standby The Joy of Cooking, and found within this trusty tome a recipe that was a Szrama hit. Maybe you'll enjoy it, too!
Mashed Potatoes with Cabbage & Scallions (Colcannon)
an Irish Favorite, adapted from The Joy of Cooking
Place in a large saucepan (or Dutch oven):
2 lbs Yellow finn, Yukon gold or all-purpose potatoes, peeled & cut into 1 1/2" chunks.
Add cold water just to cover. Pile on top of potatoes:
2 bunches scallions (or 2 shallots)
1 sm head green cabbage (~1lb), cored & chopped into 1" pieces
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to gentle boil. Cook, covered until potatoes are fork-tender (~20 min). Drain & return veggies to pot. Mash the mixture over low heat while adding:
1/2 c half & half or whole milk (I prefer 1/2 & 1/2), warmed
4-8 T butter, softened (the more, the better, especially if it's nice yellow spring butter!)
1 t salt
1/4 t ground black pepper
When mixture is coarsely mashed, taste & adjust seasonings & serve.
*I found that I wanted to add back in some of the drained liquid (a little more than a 1/4 cup) to help with the texture, so you may not want to throw it out right away. It's really rich in nutrients, too, so at least you could give it to your plants! Including 2 cloves of garlic in the boiling process would be yummy, too!
We are also enjoying lots of fajitas, hummus w/ falafel (lots of yummy garden tomatos to dip and the fabulous yellow cucumbers from our CSA!!!) & Thai curry (great way to use up veggies I don't particularly like-- like green beans & broccoli!)... and I'm making some mint iced tea with stevia & mint from our garden right now. Yummy!
--Off to get the tea