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freerk's picture


Fresh from the BreadLab press and open to feedback from my trusted TFL-ers. This one contains some jaw dropping historic material from the public domain!

Hope to hear what your thoughts are on this video.


clazar123's picture

What year is the film from? It is pretty........frightening. I'm sure the tobacco helps with hunger pangs and probably provides some calmness. Of course, it may have been something other than tobacco-many plants were smoked.

I love that you got an American film that talks about Holland to the children in the classroom.

My son-in-laws family name is Bos. They have lived for several generations in Minnesota and South Dakota here in the US. Is Bos a common name in Holland?

freerk's picture

There are as many "Bos's" around in the Netherlands as there are Smiths running around in the U.S.

I was also amazed to find them talking of Holland. The irony is that, with the material being shot in the 40ies, there is a good chance the Dutch kids they are taught about in the film are in the same, if not worse conditions as themselves. There is poetic beauty in that. I can easily visualize an equally dreary Dutch classroom on the very same day, being taught about kids running through endless fields of healthy corn in The Apalachians.

My grandfather used to smoke dry potato leaves. I haven't smelled it for a while, but I remember I found it always sort of  an 'intoxicating' smell...mmm, I wonder...  :-)The

Broxty loaf definitely is a stayer, I can tell you that; I think when grilled/toasted its almost the perfect crossover between hash browns and potato bread. Yummy!



varda's picture

don't see everyday.   Guessing it is 1930s depression era?   Part of New Deal works program was sending out photographers, film makers, etc. to record what was going on.    Interesting stuff to dig up but in this case perhaps overwhelms your overlaid recipe?    -Varda

freerk's picture

Could be right, I've been trying to cut it back shorter, but with so many gems in there, the people won over the recipe  If it does, I hope it overwhelms you in a good way. It is embedded on my last blog post, here. A bit more in context of what happened :-)




Crider's picture

Turns out it was made in 1940. Freerk had a lot of sound fixing to make it work with his boxty video. Wonderful film. About 24 minutes long. I wonder if there's any subsistence farming left in Appalachia?

LindyD's picture

Completely forgot about the bread as I became immersed in the video.

Powerful and saddening.

hornedfox's picture

Likewise I got lost in the film and missed the recipe, just shows how hard life was. With snow like that schools in the UK would have been shut! I will have to watch it again