Potato Cakes

Margaret Heagney

Margaret Heagney 21st July 2017 Deerpark Social Services Centre, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

Potato Bread

Interviewer: Clare Doyle (CD)

Interviewee: Margaret Heagney (MH)


CD: How would you make the potato bread?

MH: T’was she’d keep the potatoes and she’d have a pounder and mash them up and as much and a half, I think of flour and a bit of butter went into it and a little grain of salt, can’t remember anything else then

CD: Would you put milk or buttermilk in it?

MH: She’d mix it all up together and she’d, then she’d have it in one big cake like that and t’was cut into what used to be called ‘parlies’, that way…

CD: Little triangles?

MH: And she had a question then if anyone came in and they’d get a slice of bread and a mug of tea and she had a question, always she’d be asking “how would you cut the potato?” Because it would be awful sticky it cut it with a knife on account of the potato

CD: Right

MH: So, you cut it with a bit of woollen thread. You’d have, she’d have the thread there on the table and she’d get the piece of thread and cut it open no problem and put on butter on both sides of it

CD: That was a good idea

MH: And it was delicious

CD: Very nice

MH: T’was delicious, they don’t make potato bread like we used to one time

CD: No. I know you can get it in the supermarket but it probably doesn’t taste the same?

MH: Ah not the same, no, no, nor the pancakes were never the same as what we made

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