Let’s Talk About Buttermilk

Irish Soda Bread Dough being kneaded with black olives and rosemary

Black Olive and Rosemary Soda Bread

Wild Fuschia Bakehouse is delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Dunfanaghy Workhouse team on a short film about the history of buttermilk and its uses.  The Workhouse is well known for its part in the tragic history of what we call An Gorta Mor or The Great Hunger but over the years, its purpose has changed many times and it is now a centre for learning and culture for locals and visitors alike.

The Workhouse team explore the history of buttermilk as part of “Past to Apron”, an online Culinary History Conference.  As well as an overview of the history of The Workhouse, the team’s talk will focus on the importance of buttermilk in the Workhouse diet and a few little known facts about buttermilk.   Sian McCann from Wild Fuschia Bakehouse will be putting a modern twist on the old classic soda bread and discussing the history of this much loved Irish bread, including the question mark over its origins.

The Past to Apron Conference will also explore a range of transatlantic foodie issues including “Herbalism” and the “History of Alcohol in Newfoundland and Labrador”.  Tickets can be bought for the individual talks or a weekend pass will allow you the freedom to watch when you like.  The conference takes place on-line on Saturday 25th June and further information about the talks and ticket options can be found by following the link to Past to Apron Talk

For further information on the Workhouse go to  The Dunfanaghy Workhouse Website or follow them on social media channels


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