After the famine some of the potatoes rotted and as they were scarce then the people regretted throwing them away. At last they thought of a way of using them. This was by making of boxty which was made as follows:- First, the rotten potatoes were washed and then scraped by means of a scraper. This was a perforated bit of tin which was coarse on one side and nailed to a board. When the potatoes were scraped they were squeezed in a squeezing bag. They were then mixed with flour, salt and some boiled potatoes and kneaded forming black dough. This was baked on the griddle and eaten while pretty hot.
During the famine when the potatoes failed the people dug the ground trying to find something to eat. They found thick white roots about three inches long. They washed and cooked these and at them as food.
Fresh sheep milk is heated on the fire and oatmeal is added when it is quite hot.
This food is cooked and served in the same way as sgailcín.
Collector: Angela Mannion, Lissacarha, Co. Galway
Informant: Patrick Mannion, Lissacarha, Co. Galway
Place: Kilkerrin, Co. Galway
Footnote: Duchas, http://www.duchas.ie
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