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Re: More Food for Thought

Yeah,  I would still like the recipe.... I cook that way too, adding more or
less as I go along.  I would like to give it a shot as the only bakery around
here that used to sell it is gone now.

--- On Mon, 1/12/09, Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net> wrote:

From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
Subject: Re: [CHAT] More Food for Thought
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Monday, January 12, 2009, 4:48 PM

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
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
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?
> Donna
> --- 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
> 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
> 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
> seedless soft rye bread available in stores. What IS the point?
> Kitty
> 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
>> 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
>> crust.
>> On Jan 11, 2009, at 9:45 AM, Kitty wrote:
>>> I am sitting here eating a delightful grilled cheese sandwich. I
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> the crusts off. Strange, as I've always loved the end pieces
> any
>>> bread - mmm crust has more texture!
>>> My guess is that this was subterfuge on their mom's part.  I
> up
>>> having to fight 2 sister's for the heels and, being the
>>> rarely won.  This was the coveted piece of bread and you
> go
>>> 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.
>>> the case of homemade bread, you weren't allowed to just turn
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> eating a yogurt and the kids are getting sandwiches and
> just
>>> enough bread left, but someone has to take the heel.  The wailing
>>> and carrying on is deafening!  Hadn't they suffered enough
> they
>>> were told they had to eat their crusts?!  An END piece?  Are you
>>> crazy?  Those are for adults!
>>> Yeah, they are.
>>> The end.
>>> Kitty
>>> neIN, Zone 5

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