Today everybody is talking about Luck o’the Irish and baking soda bread. I couldn’t resist temptation to make my contribution by repeating another famous Irish recipe, beer bread. Enjoy, Beuatiful People!
Beer is liquid bread. They discovered it in Ancient Mesopotamia, when someone was grinding barley (some sources claim it was wheat), and the rain started. That “someone” ran into the house, got busy with other household chores, and forgot about the unfinished job. A few days later, she happened to walk by that place (yes, it was a “she” – most sources agree on this), and a new enticing smell wafted from the forgotten clay bowl with almost-ground grain. An intrepid adventurer, she picked up a straw, stuck it into the bowl (good thing she did, since it was full of all kinds of debris), and sucked.
Perhaps she was Ninkasi, the Sumerian goddess of beer, or maybe one of the lesser deities (they had a bunch in that region, you know), but the poem Hymn to Ninkasi contains not only the requisite praises, but also an actual beer recipe
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