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Tea Brack, New England style

  Ireland’s culinary tradition includes the baking of tea brack in the autumn, around Halloween time.  ‘Brack’ meaning ‘speckled’, most versions of the bread include some combination of dark raisins, sultanas, mixed peel or currants. Tea brack usually refers to a quick bread leavened with baking soda or baking powder, while Barm brack is a yeast-raised loaf, one of the few yeast recipes in the Irish farm kitchen repertoire. A Halloween tradition in olden times was to make these cake-like breads with charms and symbols baked inside. Katherine Nolan on her excellent site DoChara explains the meaning of the charms.  Today, breads are generally baked with only a ring inside, predicting a wedding within the year. I’ve made her traditional tea brack recipe, and, using a lot less sugar, have put a Yankee spin on it. Briefly, here’s how I make my version of Tea Brack: New England Irish Tea Brack The night before baking, place in a large bowl: 1/2 cup dark or golden raisins (dark will absorb the liquid better), 3/4 cup craisins (dried cranberries), 1/4 cup brown sugar, and the grated rind and juice of 1/2 lemon. Brew a pot of Lyons Tea (OK, you can substitute another black tea but it won’t be the same).  When you have a strong tea, pour 1 cup of it over the fruit,...

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Pinterest and Your Marketing Plan

Pinterest can help your marketing efforts if done right! Our article on Pinterest for Marketing shares some of FastNet Media’s advice on integrating Pinterest into your bag of Marketing tricks. See also Kathleen’s Pinterest Boards and the Textile Travel Pinterest...

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Irish Lace Museum: an Enchanting Journey into the Past

History and Artistry Meet at Sheelin Lace Museum & Shop in County Fermanagh, Ireland Close to the border with the Republic of Ireland, the town of Sheelin houses a magic place: the Sheelin Lace Museum and Shop: Not simply a dusty collection of mouldering garments, this is a vibrant place of restoration, recreation and celebration of all things lace, particularly Irish lace. Owner and lace expert Rosemary Cathcart not only preserves antique lace, including a stunning collection of gowns;...

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Ireland: Cow tag on a seaside farm

Cows by the sea, painted sheep, grey sky lit by a rainbow — must be the Coast of...

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Expand your horizons, meet new friends – Textile Travel!

Travel, particularly around a craft or hobby, brings us in contact with like-minded people who teach us much about our interests and ourselves. Try a small-group tour or cruise with a textile focus – combining a stimulating yet leisurely travel experience with the fun an excitement of learning something new and sharing your knowledge with others! See highlights of our Textile Travel Alaska Cruise with fiber artist Prudence Mapstone. Let us help plan a group experience for your guild...

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