I was privileged to meet a very talented, expert bread maker recently – possibly Ireland’s best! Tracey Jeffrey from Northern Ireland Food tours gave me an absolute masterclass in making traditional fruit soda farls in her beautiful farmhouse kitchen on the shores of Strangford Lough. Have a look at the video below and be amazed, as I was!

Bread has been central to the formation of human societies, so, there is little doubt that St. Patrick and his followers would have had bread as part of their staple diet. And of course, bread is so versatile, with lots of variations possible, as Tracey demonstrates so brilliantly in the video. 

Tracey and I also chatted about local produce from Strangford Lough and the Mourne Mountains as well as another of Ireland’s less well know patron Saints – St. Brigid. They say every day is a school day and I learnt something new when I visited with Tracey. St. Brigid is actually buried in the same grave as St. Patrick at Downpatrick where the local rhyme goes “In Down, three saints one grave do fill, Patrick, Brigid and Columcille”

Well, I can certainly testify that if St. Brigid made bread as delicious as Tracey Jeffrey I’m not one bit surprised she became one of Ireland’s patron Saints!

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Sláinte and thank you Tracey!