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Title - Brochan with ginger eaten as a cold cure; the secret of prep...
Contributors - Ethel Findlater
Reporters - Alan J. Bruford

Summary - Brochan with ginger eaten as a cold cure; the secret of preparing brochan.

Brochan was eaten when people had the cold as it contained ginger. Ethel Findlater's mother made it by mixing meal from the girnel with cold water in a bowl, which was the "great secret" of the dish. The kettle was boiled on the crook and boiling water was added to the bowl and the mixture set for a while. The meal flour was rising through the liquid as the ginger was chopped. Milk was brought nearly to the boil, the water was poured off into the milk, and the ginger added with sugar. This was boiled for perhaps fifteen minutes. The brochan was poured into porridge bowls and eaten with a carvey [caraway] hard biscuit broken into it. It made a lovely supper.

Ethel's sister-in-law Jessie couldn't make brochan properly, so asked Ethel's mother what she was doing wrong and discovered the key was to mix the meal initially with cold water. Putting boiling water into the meal made brose. Jessie came from a big family of seven and her mother had died when her baby brother was born, so they didn't have anyone to cook for them.


Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:03:28
Date Recorded - 1969.06.25
Date of Content - 1904
Language - English, Scots
Genre - Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 64259
Original Tape ID - SA1969.053
Original Track ID - SA1969.53
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R



Item Location:
  County - Orkney
  Parish - Birsay and Harray
  Island - Orkney Mainland

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