Born & Bread in Inishowen
ARTLINK welcomed the
entire community to Born & Bread on 14 September 2019, a
feel good event aimed at promoting inter-cultural
dialogue and cooperation among different generations
and ethnic groups as all knead together around the
same table, while sharing skills, stories and
traditions, learning from each other and enriching
awareness, understanding and respect.
Dún na nGall (Fort of the Foreigners) is hugely
privileged to have a diverse population with a
breadth of experiences and traditions, yet we rarely
have an opportunity to learn about the many customs
and skills that people in our community practice.
Through the collective
experience of preparing and sharing bread, Born &
Bread used Amach Anseo’s newly built wood-fired oven
alongside an open fire pit where griddle and hotplate
breads were prepared as well as traditional Irish
Bread is a staple food popular around the world and
in every household in Ireland and is one of the
world’s oldest foods, prepared by the simple process
of baking a dough of flour and water. It has come to
take on significance beyond mere nutrition, standing
as a metaphor for hospitality and welcome, evolving
into a fixture in religious rituals, secular
cultural life and language.
Chefs from Syria;
Billal Abd El Jalil and Nadine Berri demonstrated
how to make flat breads and the different kind of
fillings that could be added to enhance the flavour.
Children and adults had a go at kneading and rolling
out the bread and watch it bubble up on the hot
plate on the fire pit before tasting the fresh warm
Local baker Gerard Moynes, known widely for his soda
bread which is sold at Molly's Café in Carndonagh
used the wood fire oven to bake traditional Irish
breads. A lively character; he thrived on sharing
recipes and stories of bread making. Participants
enjoyed tasting the fresh breads and jams and taking
down recipes on greaseproof paper.
The children broke the
language barrier with their interest in the garden
wildlife. While the adults drank tea and filled
their bellies with delicious bread the children made
a competition of collecting the most caterpillars.
Artlink documented the event by way of photographs,
video documentation of the evening and interviews
with the key participants. The documentation and
recordings of the event will form a part of
Artlink’s ongoing archives and will be available
Artlink’s website .