Just before six we enter the church. It is absolutely packed. People are lining up behind the last row of seats. This is no ordinary mass.
St. Patrick’s Day is but a week away and the days are getting longer. Those two things alone would put a bounce in your step as we look forward to the weather becoming warmer. The leaves and plants are starting to grow again and flowers are beginning to appear. The reprieve that warm spring days offer from the bitter cold days of winter is a cause for celebration. And what better way to celebrate than by baking and eating a cake. And what better cake to bake around St. Patrick’s Day but an Irish tea brack.
From Achill Island to Munich
My Nana made these pancakes on the spur of the moment when guests would arrive at her Bervie guesthouse on Achill Island. Homemade scones and jam were always available but these delicious pancakes were Nana’s specialty. My Mum also used to delight us with these pancakes as children and still does when we come home for a visit. Today, I’m living in Munich, in the district of Pasing, and bake the same pancakes for my family.
One year ago, I started blogging here on IrishBayrisch. A lot of things have happened since then. Surprises included. Time for a little reflection.
We see a lot of green in the underground. Much more than usual. As we climb up the stairs at Münchner Freiheit we can hear drums. A few minutes later it starts: The 21st St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Munich.
A music experience from 21 October 2015 at the Schlachthof in Munich
“We play in flat keys, they play in sharp keys. That doesn’t really fit.” This statement is from somebody who knows what he’s talking about: Siegi Mühlbauer. And that’s exactly why I’m here tonight. I’m curious to find out how it sounds when the Bavarian music comedians Da Huawa, da Meier und I and the traditional Irish band Na Ciotogi present their first joint CD together. Of course it is entitled Irish-Bayrisch.
The idea for this blog has been on my mind for a long time. I can’t even remember when it first emerged. I only know that I had to summarise all my thoughts in a first little concept at some stage. That was in October last year. Since then, the idea has been growing and growing and growing. And now it’s time to turn this idea into reality.