When Northern Ireland bakers struck for higher wages, Mar 19, many people who had previously relied on bought bread tried their hand at home baking.
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Background: When Northern Ireland bakers struck for higher wages, Mar 19, many people who had previously relied on bought bread tried their hand at home baking. Farmer's wife Mary-Eller Byrne probably knew more about the art than many.
Well-kneaded dough was placed in a skillet over a turf fire, and more smouldering turf went on the skillet lid. While waiting bread to bake there are other things a housewife can do -like playing the accordion. A turf fire, Irish music and an old-fashioned blowing wheel make a very rustic picture.
But there's nothing wrong with the bread made in this old-fashioned way. The family eat it with relish, and neighbours lacking Mary Ellen's skill call to buy surplus loaves.
They're probably better off than people who relied on shop-bread brought by lorries from the Republic of Ireland and sold at exorbitant prices.