Common all over Ireland, soda bread used to be cooked in lidded iron pots called bastables that were suspended over the fireplace.
This and potato bread remind me of childhood visits to my grandmother who lived in a small cottage by Lough Neigh. At that time the cottage had neither mains water nor electricity. It was a scenic spot next to an old churchyard overlooking the lakeshore. It cures me of nostalgia for anything other than lost innocence to remember how unco