My dear friend,
I was very happy to read your lovely letter. We have so many things in common. Firstly, I must also confess that I also love carbs, and bread especially, but who doesn't? "Bread is the warmest, kindness of all words" as they say it. I would go as far as to say that Irish soda bread encompasses the defining trait of the Irish; you may have noticed how warm-hearted, generous and hospitable the Irish are. Freshly baked bread with butter and rhubarb jam and a cup of tea are a simple treat, a modest meal in itself, but they show the hospitality and good nature of the host. Actions speak louder than words. Sometimes we might not have much, but sharing what we have with somebody we love, with a neighbour, a friend, or just a stranger makes us so much stronger. Keep the memories alive by making your own soda bread, the easiest thing in the world: flour, buttermilk., soda and lots of love. If it doesn't raise, if it's crunchy at surface but raw inside, try your luck once again until it comes right out of the oven, as practice makes perfect.
|breakfast in KK, Ireland|
|Irish breakfast @ Langton's, Kilkenny, Co. KK|
|omelette on Irish soda bread, Langton's, KK|
For my first soda bread I am very happy with the result. Next time I bake soda bread, I will use wholemeal flour. Perfect with my mother's perfect zacusca (a delicious Romanian dish similar to chutney, bar the Indian spices), a cup of Earl Grey and your loved ones close by.
|my mother's perfect zacusca|