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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...

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The Lake District of England, 2015

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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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C’est si bon! Experience the bounty of Normandy

Tour of Normandy: World War II Beaches, Handmade Lace and Village Charm A few hours’ pleasant train ride from Paris takes us to Bayeux, near the historic Normandy beaches, home of the legendary Tapestry of Bayeux, wrought just after William the Conqueror vanquished the English at the Battle of Hastings. In addition to the historic treasures and living lacemaking tradition of Bayeux, an added benefit of our visit was the great variety of locally-produced foods, and the wonderful weekly farmers’ market – a Cheese Wonderland! Here are some photos of this fascinating town, evocative of old France and sheltering a vibrant community that remembers the past and continues its honored traditions based on the land. If you’re thinking of Paris, think of Normandy – a great add-on even for 2-3 days….we can help craft a custom itinerary that will...

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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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