Monthly Archives: January 2011

Bara brith, barm brack and the famed Selkirk bannock

Bara brith is Welsh for ‘speckled bread’, otherwise known as a fruit teabread, and not because it’s eaten at tea time! Dried fruit is soaked overnight in black tea, then mixed with flour, sugar, spices and some warmed marmalade before … Continue reading

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The Age of Aquarius dawned slowly

We watched  in the dark, with the curtains drawn. Our television  in Ireland was  black and white,  and broadcast  BBC 1 and 2 as well as Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTE) 1,  Ireland’s TV station. The room smelled strange, and for years I … Continue reading

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