Episode 268: Purim, Irish Brown Bread, and WW

In food news this week, Eater.com asks if the meal kit bubble is about to burst.

In our What’s for Dinner segment, Marisa talks about the foods and food traditions of Purim, including the beloved Hamantaschen cookie.

In How’d You Make That? we’ve got Marisa’s version of Irish Brown Bread.

In our Wildcard segment, we’re talking WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers) because Joy is debating re-joining after at least 7 years away from the WW fold.

And finally, in What We’re Loving, it’s applesauce. Homemade applesauce.

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5 thoughts on “Episode 268: Purim, Irish Brown Bread, and WW”

  1. I’ve been on an apple sauce kick myself recently. I crave cool weather fruits, so can’t resist when they show up in the markets in the tropics (imported of course). Unfortunately they aren’t always as crisp and delicious as they look, so into a pot they go. Been simmering a piece of star anise in the apples, delish and somehow elevates what I think of as childhood food. An overripe mango joined the mix this week, also a tasty twist. – H

  2. I have been a long time listener since 2016. I’m a native of Philadelphia and just love your podcast! I recently moved to Ireland with my husband back in September and I’m so thrilled you have another segment related to Ireland! Brown bread is in absolutely every grocery store here. I was also very surprised when I went to buy whole wheat flour that all I could find was what they label as, “corse wholemeal flour.” Also, in general, Joy’s comment about in the past thinking Irish food just isn’t that good; I think that also stems from their traditional type of cuisine. I’ve certainly realized that truly they love meat and potatoes. At pubs and a number of traditional restaurants you have potpie, roast, shepherds pie, and maybe a curry. But, their produce is so fresh and almost all meat is sourced from grass fed and free range and labelled with the name of the farm and farmer who raised it!

    1. It’s crazy to me how ubiquitous brown bread is in Ireland and how relatively unknown it is in the US. All people think about is soda bread. But brown bread is so much more delicious! And you’re right, the produce is so fresh and delicious and I love how transparent the meat sourcing is. It gives the US a lot to aspire to.

  3. I’ve just taken a brown bread out of the oven! So easy and delicious (I already cut off an end to taste )! After listening, I realized I really wanted some. Now if only I had some good Irish butter and smoked salmon!

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