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The Potato Year: 300 Classic Recipes

The Potato Year

By Lucy Madden

Published 2015

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This wonderful word comes from ‘rumbled’ meaning mixed or mashed and ‘thumped’ meaning to be beaten down. The dish itself is said to originate in the border region of Scotland; there are, of course, various versions.


  • 1 lb (425 g) potatoes, peeled and boiled
  • 1 lb (450 g) cabbage, cut into strips
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 oz (50 g) butter
  • Cheddar-type cheese, grated


While the potatoes are boiling, in a separate saucepan boil the cabbage and onion together until just tender. Melt the butter and mash the potatoes, cabbage and onion together. Sprinkle with the cheese and brown under a grill.

‘May I ask, with all due solemnity, what are Rums?’

From ‘Noctes Ambrosianae’ by Christopher North, writing in Blackwood’s Magazine, c. 1820.

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