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The language, the customs and, yes, even the food culture took a while to grow on me.
My kids recently received their Canadian citizenship and we’re heading to Cape Breton this Christmas, so I’m looking forward to teaching them some Canadian family traditions.
Samhain is one of four seasonal holidays in the ancient Celtic religion.
Many believe that Halloween was developed as the Christian version of Samhain — a day for celebrating the dear departed, and one of the few times of the year when the dead could cross over into our own world.
However I also have some great cooking memories with my grandpa who lived not too far from me growing up that I treasure and would happily re-live.
There are a few recipes that my mum still makes, and I do too now and then, that came from my grandparents, and this Irish brack fruit loaf is one of them.
There are various objects placed into the loaf prior to baking and they all have a different meaning for the person who finds them in their slice.
My father-in-law once told me a story about our Ring Fort.
His father came home (which is the house where I live now) with a small comb.
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Janine Kennedy, our Canadian expat chef, shares her tips and recipes for classic Irish recipes along with stories of her life in Ireland. Today Janine tells us about the pagan version of Halloween in Ireland — Samhain — and shares her recipe for barmbrack, a tea loaf that is traditional for both eating and fortune-telling at this holiday.In traditional barmbrack the following items would normally be found: a pea, a piece of cloth, a coin, a stick and a ring.