Cup o' tea and halloween brack

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It’s that time of the year again and one of the highlights is the traditional Halloween brack. If you’ve never had it, it’s a delicious fruit cake, usually with small objects hidden inside.
From the Wikipedia page on Barm Brack:

In the barmbrack were: a pea, a stick, a piece of cloth and a ring. Whovever recieved in their slice the pea, would be unmarried; the stick, would be a fighter; the cloth or rag, would be poor; and the ring, would be wed within the year.

The Halloween Brack is commonly known as “barn brack” but it’s properly called “barm brack”. I think I prefer “barn brack”.

How do you make it? It’s fairly easy, not that I’ve ever made one, but this recipe looks so simple I might be able to make it! A more descriptive recipe isn’t as simple. Hmm. Have you baked one?

Now, I’m off to have another slice! Yum!

I got the ring! I turned to Jacinta and asked her, “Will you marry me?” She took the ring, put it on her finger, looked at me and solemly said, “I’ll think about it!” before bursting out in laughter and eating her own slice of the brack. Ah yes. I love her! 🙂

Rice Crispy Cakes or Buns?

Let’s ask Google:

  1. Rice Crispy Cake – 75 results
  2. Rice Crispy Bun – 17 results

That’s what the Internet says and I agree. ‘nuf said!

For completeness, it should be noted that

  1. It’s Kelloggs Rice Krispies but that name is trademarked as Andy just reminded me so people are more likely to spell it with a C in their cookery books and sites lest the lawyers descend on them!
  2. Kelloggs avoid the bun and cake controversy completely by calling them Rice Krispies Treats. Cowards!

Conversation on #linux leads to some confusion. I wonder if I should quote some of it. The Rice Krispies cakes and buns Irish people refer to are simply made of Rice Krispies and melted chocolate. No yucky marshallow, or whatever else. Chocolate all the way. Yum!

Midleton Food & Drink Festival This Weekend

We’re off to the Midleton Food & Drink Festival later. Sounds like good fun and I’ll have plenty of snaps with my new lens! (more)
There’s another vintage rally happening down near Macroom tomorrow which is where we’ll head.

Looks like lots more to do this week and until the end of the year too!
This week being heritage week there’s lots of events on! There’s everything from guided tours of lighthouses to re-enactments of the American Civil War at Charles Fort, to displays of 16th century weapons that ravaged Munster at the time!
Next Saturday is when An Ceile Mor 2005 will take place! Over 10,000 people will gather on 7 stages on Grand Parade and South Mall to dance the Siege of Ennis in an attempt to break a world record!

Yum, yum, Wagon Wheel Biscuits!

Look, they were on special offer in Dunnes on Sunday so I couldn’t resist. I had to buy them! They were crying out to me! I think almost everyone must remember Wagon Wheels from their youth, and they even made Biscuit of the Week here! Unfortunately, all is not sweet in the production of said biscuits. 🙁
Anyway, biscuits were lovely, not quite the taste I remember from my childhood but enough to tempt me to buy again 🙂
Now, if I could only find Fizzlesticks I’d be really happy!