Sheep’s milk can be heated on the fire and when it is very hot oatmeal can be added. This makes very good food and is called ‘Gidley’. Oatmeal can also me mixed with sugar and a small amount of water added and left to soak. Some milk is later added and then it can be eaten. To make ‘Scailceen’ buttermilk is boiled on the fire and oatmeal is added to simmer for half an hour. When ready it is served with butter and sugar.
Boxty is made from rotten potatoes and ‘sound’ potatoes. They are scraped onto a clean cloth and squeezed until the juice is out. Boiled potatoes and flour is added and divided into 4 parts and cooked on a griddle
Glenamaddy, Co. Galway
Collector: Maggie Gibney
Informant: Tom Diskin, Kiltullagh, Co. Galway
Duchas, ‘The Schools’ Collection’, www.duchas.ie
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