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a small round cake which is traditionally made for All Souls' Day to celebrate the dead.  The cakes, often simply referred to as souls, were given out to soulers (mainly consisting of children and the poor) who would go from door to door on Hallowmas singing and saying prayers for the dead. Each cake eaten would represent a soul being freed from Purgatory.
The tradition of giving Soul Cakes originated in Ireland and Britain during the Middle Ages,  although similar practices for the souls of the dead were found as far south as Italy.
The cakes were usually filled with allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, or other sweet spices, raisins or currants, and later were topped with the mark of a cross. They were traditionally set out with glasses of wine on All Hallows Eve, and on All Saints Day children would go "souling" by calling out:
Barmbrack, or Bairin Breac, is a seasonal Celtic bread typically served during Samhain as the center of a divinatory ritual that revealed fortunes to its recipients for the coming year. To make a traditional Barmbrack, trinkets and charms are always added into the mixture. Upon cooling, pieces of the cake are carefully cut and eaten and the charms divined........Each charm should be wrapped carefully in parchment paper and placed in equal intervals through the bread before its final rise.
Placed in the barmbrack were: a pea, a stick, a piece of cloth and a ring. Whovever received in their slice the pea, would be unmarried; the stick, would be a fighter (or wife beater!); the cloth or rag, would be poor; and the ring, would be wed within the year.
a traditional Irish dish made from mashed potatoes, kale or cabbage, butter, salt, and pepper. It can contain other ingredients such as milk, cream, leeks, onions, chives, garlic, boiled ham or Irish bacon.
**An old Irish Halloween tradition was to serve colcannon with prizes of small coins concealed in it, as the English do with Christmas pudding. This is still done today and small amounts of money are placed in the potato
Colcannon used to be --and still is-- eaten in Ireland on Halloween night, and is one of the most traditional Halloween recipes there is. Colcannon is wonderfully flavorful, incredibly filling, and oh-so warming on a cool Autumn night. To make it even more traditional, make a well in the center and fill it with real butter. Dip each bite of colcannon in the butter before eating.
Originally posted by tribewilder
reply to post by mblahnikluver
OK, the meat pie, soul cakes, and the cider I can go with, and enjoy.
They really look good, and made me hungry.
However, not fussy on the barmbrack bread, and what in the hell is up with the colcannon???? That looks like something that I threw up a few years ago after eating god knows what. I'm not so hungry anymore after looking at that, but I can't seem to stop looking at it.
That dish would be better served in the aliens forum me thinks...
Originally posted by mblahnikluver
I cant for the life of me figure what its called