School: Tamney (Robertson)

Location:
Tawny, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Mrs Kyle

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How Sowens Were Made

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1090, Page 320

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Sowens was a dish of food made very often in days gone by.
When the farmer went to the Miller with corn to get it made into oat-meal, he got a few bags of seeds also.
The following gives an account of how the Sowens was made -.
When the farmer came home from the Miller, the house-woman get a few handfuls of the seeds and steeped them in water till they fermented, Then she strained the water out of the seeds and put it in a pot and put the pot on the fire and boiled it. She stirred the water from right to left instead of from left to right because the people had an old superstition that Sowens thickened better when stirred in that way.
When the water was thick enough, the house-woman took the pot off the fire and put out the Sowens out in a dish or plates. When it was cold enough it was taken with milk just the same way as porridge is taken.

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Collector
Joe Mc Connell
Gender
male
Age
over 14
Address
Ballymagowan Upper, Co. Donegal
Informant
(name not given)
Relation
unknown
Language
English