Sunday, June 19, 2022

A Moment of Joy

 You never know when something will happen that will surprise and delight you.

As I was walking through the parking lot, on my way to get groceries.  I smiled at a woman loading her car with hanging baskets of wilted petunias.

Just as I passed her, she called out to me.  I turned to see her waving me back toward her. 
Not sure what she needed, I walked back over.

Smiling, she said something in Spanish and handed me one of the baskets.  

I understood enough that there were no more, and this was for me.  She said "agua" and then motioned big growth.  

Her daughter watched us as we tried to communicate.

It was a moment of pure joy.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Soft Sourdough Bread Rolls

My little Poquito is 2 years old and going strong but during summer I have to adjust my baking schedule so I can still make delicious bread but not heat up the whole house.

With just a few simple ingredients (starter, milk, butter, flour and salt) these soft pull-apart bread rolls are simple and delicious.  

I just mix the dough before bed, let rise overnight and bake in the morning.

Sunday, March 13, 2022

My Favorite Irish Meals

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I wanted to make some of my favorite Irish dishes.  Some of the ingredients are not available in the U.S. so with a little creativity, and a lot of inspiration, I created some mock versions that will have to hold me over until I can return for the authentic Irish version!

Full Irish Breakfast - This is a huge, hearty, soul satisfying meal to start your day.  It is usually too much food for me, and I don't care for the black pudding, so I usually opt for the mini fry.


Ireland - Fried Eggs, Baked Beans, Boxty (Potato), Sausage, Rashers (Bacon), Black Pudding (Blood Sausage), Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Toast.

U.S. - Egg, Beans, Uncured Canadian Bacon, Toast.

Lunch is usually light - soup with bread, a ham and cheese toasted sandwich, or leftover baked beans on toast. All are easy to replicate and delicious.

 My absolute favorite is Bacon and Cabbage.  This is the national dish of Ireland (not corned beef) and is very much like the heart-warming boiled dinner my grandmother used to make for Sunday Supper.

Irish Back Bacon is impossible to find in the US, so I substitute Ham and it is reasonably close but definitely not as good as the original.

Ireland - Bacon, Potatoes, Cabbage, Parsley Sauce

U.S. - Ham, Potatoes, Cabbage, Butter Cream Sauce

Last but not least on my list is Guinness!  There is nothing in the world that tastes like a fresh pint of the black stuff from Ireland!

Happy St. Patrick's Day and Slainte!