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Re: More Food for Thought

Re >I love potato bread, got a recipe you would like to share?

My grandmother came from Ireland and of course used her own recipe from there. Ma never had a lot of patience with older kids, so it was difficult to get her to share the recipe, which of course was in her head. She did try to explain it once, but when she said to add flour and I asked how much, the reply was "until it looks right." I asked what looked right and she dismissed that and moved on. Then you were supposed to add a bit of salt or some such ingredient. How much is a bit? She gave up.

Years later I found a recipe for Irish soda bread. Ma's wasn't a soda bread; she used yeast. But I tried it anyway and the consistency wasn't far off, though it didn't have the flavor. So I played with the recipe, adding potato water and raisins. That meant more flour. It took more time to bake. It was a bit dry; needed more shortening to balance the other extra ingredients. Now the dough was too large, had to split it in half. But I eventually got it pretty darned close. My family adores it.

Unfortunately, my recipe is now too much like Ma's. You have to add ingredients "until it looks right." Still want the recipe?

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, January 11, 2009 8:56 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] More Food for Thought

I love potato bread, got a recipe you would like to share?


--- On Sun, 1/11/09, Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net> wrote:

From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
Subject: Re: [CHAT] More Food for Thought
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Sunday, January 11, 2009, 3:24 PM

In my earlier years we lived on homemade potato bread for everything except for an occasional loaf of Rosen's Rye. When we moved to Indiana when I was

10, we started eating something like Wonderbread - awful stuff.  Anytime a
family member would visit us from Chicago, they'd be sure to bring some
Rosen's. The crust on that was so tough, your teeth had to fight with it -

it was THAT GOOD!  And delicious seeds.  I can't believe it now when I see
seedless soft rye bread available in stores. What IS the point?

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message -----
From: "james singer" <inlandjim1@q.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, January 11, 2009 3:53 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] More Food for Thought

We were always told that eating the crusts would make our hair curly--
which, for some reason, was supposed to be a good thing. But it wasn't
until I moved away from home and began buying bread from a baker
rather than from a grocer that I discovered the joys of a good, chewy

On Jan 11, 2009, at 9:45 AM, Kitty wrote:

I am sitting here eating a delightful grilled cheese sandwich. I had
to use the heel for one side of the sandwich which I normally
wouldn't use for grilling because it is not level as are slices.
But um, yumm, that was good.

This got me thinking about how kids today (from what I have heard)
don't like bread heels.  Many go so far as to insist that mom cut
the crusts off. Strange, as I've always loved the end pieces of
bread - mmm crust has more texture!

My guess is that this was subterfuge on their mom's part.  I grew
having to fight 2 sister's for the heels and, being the youngest,
rarely won.  This was the coveted piece of bread and you couldn't
out of turn, reaching to the back for it.  The end had to become
available after the slices were used.  Or you had to open a new
loaf , which was forbidden until the previous loaf was finished.  In
the case of homemade bread, you weren't allowed to just turn it
around and cut yourself some crust...there were rules!

So, as babyboomers grew up and had their own kids, they didn't
mention how good the crust was.  Instead, mom served the kids first
and then took the heel for herself.  The kids assume that mom is
being dutiful to her children, giving them the best and eating the
crummy (not crumby) stuff herself.  Then the day comes when mom's
eating a yogurt and the kids are getting sandwiches and there's
enough bread left, but someone has to take the heel.  The wailing
and carrying on is deafening!  Hadn't they suffered enough when
were told they had to eat their crusts?!  An END piece?  Are you
crazy?  Those are for adults!

Yeah, they are.

The end.

neIN, Zone 5

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