Welcome friends. to my little corner of the web!
Love a Tuesday!
How fun it is to connect with friends through recipe link ups and in the process, swap tasty and practical recipes.
If you're clicking over from one of the hop link ups, welcome!
If you're here for the book giveaway, details on that are at post's end.
So, my recipe share for this week ~
"my" Irish Soda Bread.
I’ve been referring to this recipe for quite some time,
probably for over two decades.
In that time, I've delighted in sharing the bread
with many friends, neighbors, colleagues and of course, family.
In fact, we even mail a few loaves each St Patrick's Day to family in Ireland!
Talk about coals to Newcastle!
although my married Italian
surname belies that!
One of my very favorite things ever,
is a friend exclaiming a variation of,
“Hey Chris, the calendar reads 'March' you know!
I’ll be expecting your soda bread soon!”
Wonderful and touching, isn't it,
how certain foods connect us to each other
and to our landmark days across the calendar?
And across our lives.
Although, I'll whip this up any day, regardless as to what the calendar says.
I'm really not 'known' for my prowess in the kitchen,
but this is one of my "signature" dishes
and I feel blessed to share it,
be-ribboned and foiled, among those who walk with us through life.
For a food that epitomizes and encapsulates
a holiday, a season,
it is surprisingly easy to whip up.
No yeast required, as you might imagine.
And no variation of “soda.”
Baking or otherwise.
Here's what you need~
4 C flour
1 c sugar
4 tspn baking powder
1/2 tspn salt
1/2 stick of butter
1 1/2 c buttermilk
1 1/2 C raisins
( 1/4 C sesame seeds~optional)
Mix. Turn batter into any favorite sized/shaped, greased baking pan.
Oblong glass pan, round corning ware, whatever is your preference.
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for one hour.
Let cool. Slice, Spread butter on still warm bread for a treat that's unparalleled.
At any time of year.
I didn't initially concoct this recipe ~
I received it from my former-sister-in-law, whose Mom was Irish.
The recipe had been in their family for decades.
Sadly, my sister-in-law no longer is. Her choice.
Now, my giveaway!
While you're here, you might like to enter.
We'll be here when you get back!
Okay! Now that you've clicked back.....
Yes indeed, you are correct:
It IS the story of the Trojan War!
My giveaway ~
Rosemary Sutcliff's paperback version of the classic~
If you don't have this on your shelf, why not get in the contest?
Entering is easy.
1. Share the giveaway via my blog post's URL......
Can be done on your blog, FB or Twitter.
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3.Leave me a comment stating that you're in on the giveaway and the first few letters of your email address so that I can tell who's who on feedburner among my newest bloggy friends.
4. You may enter beginning immediately, up until midnight Sunday, April 14.
~The winner will be chosen randomly and announced here on
Tuesday, April 16, a week from today.~
I'm happy to link up with my friends...
Lisa at Home to 4 Kiddos,
for their In and Out of the Kitchen Hop,
as well as
Please check out their warm, inviting spots on the web,
as well as the bloggers who've linked their recipes.
Also, please head to Lisa's blog,
where my lemon poppy muffins have been featured!
Thank you, Lisa, for hosting each week!
And for choosing my
( actually my hubby's) muffins as a feature last week!
Thanks for stopping in!
Until next time,