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Brose - a perfect food?
There are 5 messages in this section.

David McCarlie from Broxburn. Posted 4 Aug 2004.
I worked on farms and estates in the mid 1970's and met many an old farm hand who had lived through the old "bothy days". I guess I was fortunate to have experienced bothy life, albeit towards the end of that time.

What I do remember are the older men talking about brose for breakfast (and dinner and tea if you were really lucky!). This was a very simple to make, cheap and nutritionally almost perfect meal which could keep you going through a hard days work for hours. Even now, I still start the day with a plate of simple brose. Does anyone else have fond memories of eating brose?
   
jhamilton from cov,.. Posted 15 Nov 2004.
When talking of the fond memoriesof the bothy life, and shawing, or snecking neeps, I spent some years doing crop work, kail tumshies, cabbages, et al,. and slept in bothies if I was lucky, and the way we used to do the neep was to pull and twist hard to the left, so that the knuckles of the fingers were facing up, the first cut then took the dirt and half the roots away, a half right twist of the wrist, the knuckles of the hand now facing up, a quick swipe with the hiuck, took the dirt and remaining root away,then a quarter left turn of the wrist, the index finger is curled round the shaw to the left, the thumb to the right, in this position, when you swipe the Hiucck, snecker, snagger, knife, to give but a few of the various names used for the cutter, down to "top" the neep, if there is a slip, the knife will do less damage as the hand and fingers are all angled, it meant that you could continue to shaw and not loose any time.

The brose you talk about was a generic name for a multifarious pot of liquid, that could consist of just one vegetable, and often did! Brose is an old name for broth. However, in my years of wandering I have tasted at least a dozen or more diferent variations.

This is a poem that I used to hear being sung in the '40s;
"Peas brose again mither, peas brose again,
yih feed mih like a blackburd an' me yur only waen."

David Woodings from York. Posted 14 Mar 2006.
If anyone seeing this note has not yet read the books by Finlay J Macdonald, I do recommend them. There are three, Crowdie and Cream, Crotal and White and The Corncrake and Lysander.Finlay was from Harris and writes in a very readable style of his life growing up in the 1920's.

David A. Bennie from Ohio USA. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
I remember my days growing up in Johnstone Renfrewshire Scotland and eating Peas Brose or Peas Meal. When cooked it was thick and light brown We put some margarine in it and stirred it around. It sure filled you up and stuck to your ribs

Jeannette Smyth from Washington DC. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
is there any biographical information on FJM available on the internet? i'm reading the trilogy, which is marvelous, but can find nothing else about him -- no obituary, no nothing.




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