Irish Broth and Soda Bread

A healthy, hearty broth with homemade bread! What’s not to like.


  • 4 oz of dried broth mix
  • 1lb potatoes – growing at all the community food gardens and often available at the Eyemouth Community Fridge)
  • 1lb mixed root vegetables (eg. carrot,parsnip,swede) – a huge selection growing at all of the community food gardens. Vegggies should be cut into cubes or small pieces
  • 1 large onion – chopped. From the community food gardens, of course
  • 2 pints of stock – made with stock cube
  • Oil to fry
  • Herbs to taste – from, where else, the community food gardens and from the herb beds at Jarvis Pickle if you are in Eyemouth


  1. Fry the onions until softened
  2. Add cubed vegetables, gently mix together
  3. Add the broth mix
  4. Add stock and herbs to taste
  5. Bring to the boil and then reduce to gentle simmer
  6. Cook until vegetables and the broth mix have softened . This usually takes about half an hour

And the broth is even tastier with Soda Bread. Soda bread is super easy to make and is a great way to make use of milk that has gone off a bit.


  • 6oz self-raising wholemeal flour
  • 6oz plain flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 pint sour milk.


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F/200C/Gas 6.
  2. Tip the flours, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl and stir.
  3. Make a well in the centre and pour in milk, mixing quickly with a fork to form a soft dough
  4. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.
  5. Form into a round and flatten dough slightly before placing on a lightly floured baking sheet.
  6. Cut a cross on the top and bake for about 30 mins or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
  7. Cool on a wire rack.

Download a recipe sheet and try for yourself. Irish Broth and Soda Bread

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