In later years, people began to eat potato cakes and griddle cakes. Griddle cakes were made with oaten meal and buttermilk and mixed with flour. This was rolled very thin and placed on a griddle. This cake would bake very hard. Potato cake was made using broken up potatoes with no lumps and the mixture kneaded with boiled potatoes and flour. It was cut into cants and baked on the griddle. People used stones for grinding the meal. The stones were driven by the river and as they struck each other the corn was crushed and ground between them.
Place: Newcastle, Co. Galway
Footnote: Duchas, ‘The Schools’ Collection’, www.duchas.ie