Make a purée with the potatoes and the salt. Put the scallions or onion into the milk, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Add to the potatoes. The result should be very soft and smooth.
‘George told me “Me grand-uncle was in Monaghan gaol for a debt of eleven shillings. Me granny brought him his dinner of champ every day. Twenty-one and a half Irish miles to Monaghan, she’d have the champ warm enough to melt the butter”.’
The Green Foolby Patrick Kavanagh, 1938.
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