Thursday, March 10, 2011

very {VERY} random blatherings..

OK so, here's how to determine if you are dog crazy:

1. You think every dog is a lap-dog.
     {uh, aren't they?}

2. You know every dog in your neighborhood on a first-name basis.
     { Hmmm..there's Clementine, Lola {the little black pug in the pink tutu who is Lulu's rival for Braxton's attention}  Big Bubba, and Thor..}

3. When your dog sits in the chair first - you find another place to sit.
      {yep..they were there first, right?}

4. You talk to your dog frequently...and always follow her advice.
      {Lulu's advice is usually more, uh, direct while Braxton's is a but more laid back}

Yep.  That would describe many of you I does me and Mr. B for sure..

You know how I wanted to get a tattoo for my 60th?  Well..that didn't happen then..but this October I'll have the second anniversary of my 60-th, so I have decided {finally!} on what I want to get tattooed and where..

A blue-bird on my shoulder!  

You know, as in "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay, My oh My What a Wonderful Day"..??

OK sing along with me...

{yes, I know he's not blue..use you imagination..}

Mister Bluebird's on my shoulder

It's the truth, it's actual

Ev'rything is satisfactual

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay

Wonderful feeling, wonderful day, yes sir!

Yessirreebob..that's what it will be.  Oh, I feel so much better now..

OK, enough about's things in your little corner of the world?

Have a great rest of the month and remember, March 17th's just about here!  Get  out your Irish soda bread recipes...the following is from {except the photos of my materhal grandmothers..}

All recipes for traditional soda bread contain flour, baking soda, sour milk (buttermilk) and salt. That's it!!!

This was a daily bread that didn't keep long and had to be baked every few days. It was not a festive "cake" and did not contain whisky, candied fruit, caraway seeds, raisins (add raisins and it becomes "spotted dog" not to be confused with the pudding made with suet of the same name), or any other ingredient.

There are recipes for those types of cakes but they are not the traditional soda bread eaten by the Irish daily since the mid 19th century.

Here are a basic recipe. Note that measurements below are in American standards. (An Irish teaspoon is not the same as an American teaspoon measurement.)

Note for New Bakers: a fluid cup contains 8 ounces of liquid. A dry ingredient cup contains around 4 ounces by weight. Don't use a liquid measuring cup for dry ingredients. Tsp means Teaspoon.

{my Great-Grandmother..Bridget Rice - Keane}

Of course our great grandmothers just grabbed a handful of this and a pinch of that to make their bread. We modern bakers need help since we don't do it every day.

{my Grandmother - Kathleen Maude Keane-Sullivan}

4 cups (16 oz) of all purpose flour.

1 Teaspoon baking soda

1 Teaspoon salt

14 oz of buttermilk


Preheat the oven to 425 F. degrees. Lightly crease and flour a cake pan.

In a large bowl sieve and combine all the dry ingredients.

Add the buttermilk to form a sticky dough. Place on floured surface and lightly knead (too much allows the gas to escape)

Shape into a round flat shape in a round cake pan and cut a cross in the top of the dough.

Cover the pan with another pan and bake for 30 minutes (this simulates the bastible pot). Remove cover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

The bottom of the bread will have a hollow sound when tapped so show it is done.

Cover the bread in a tea towel and lightly sprinkle water on the cloth to keep the bread moist.

Have fun!



Vee said...

Oh love seeing your great-grandmothers featured here. Both Irish? I'll take your word for the flour measurement, but truly, I've always used an eight-ounce cup. I need to weigh it perhaps. I do love a good soda bread (with raisins...maybe with raisins or maybe not...whatever). My neighbor's dog is Brinley. I still can't remember whether my neighbor's name is Michelle or Danielle. Brain cramp.

Linda Chapman said...

A perfect post for this March day. And a perfect Irish recipe for March as well. Thank you for both.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

"Don't use a liquid measuring cup for dry ingredients."

My husband, a pharmacist, is always saying that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He'll be happy to hear that he has backup. :-)

Laurie said...

I love the smell of baking bread, my father used to bake several loaves at a time, and the house smelled wonderful. Then he'd slice it while still hot and we'd slather with butter. Sheer Heaven!

If my dog or any of my cats are comfortable on my lap, I'll wait patiently for them to get down before moving. After all, disturbing them is not done, even when I have to take a potty break. They're so spoiled!

Sweet Repose-Junk Revival said...

Talk about 4 peas in a pod...ha, what a crew!!!

My daughter almost bought me a tattoo
for Xmas, but was afraid I wouldn't get it...I want a Virgo sign on the inside of my wrist...maybe next year huh...we're a brave pair of old farts huh...heehee!


Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

...and don't forget the corned beef and cabbage! (a little extra for the dog of course)

Bumpkin Bears said...

mmmmmm soda bread, my Mum used to make that for me. She was half Irish. Love the photo of your great grandmother! Your dogs are soooo cute! Catherine x

Ming said...

You sure are right about 'random'.

I don't know neighbors' dogs' names but I am sure Hubby did when Reggie was alive.

My cousin taught all those cousins interested in our Nana's Soda Bread recipe. Her's was a sweet recipe but as for measurements, HA, sprinkle of this, pinch of that, two handfuls of this... you get the idea...all the way down to dropping the cake pan on the floor three times (for all the air pockets to rise to the top)! LOL, we had such fun learning.

Maybe I will dig out my copy of the recipe and try my hand at it this year.

Thanks, as always, for putting the smile on my face... btw, this is one of those things I will write about and bore my blog readers! ROFLMAO.

diane b said...

I've never heard of soda bread but it sounds delicious.
I don't believe that saying, "Its a dog's life" meaning that it is not a good life. I'd rather give up my seat for a dog rather than a cat. I don't have a dog any more but I know the names of my neighbours dogs, one of which escaped today and was chasing a water dragon in my garden.

Melinda Cornish said...

Hey Colleen! I love the bluebird just fits you!
I honestly have never tried soda bread...I imagine like any bread, if it has butter on it, I would be so there!

lori vliegen said...

thanks so much for sharing this recipe......bread is one of my favorite food groups! xo

lifeinredshoes said...

Your Grannies name was Bridget????

Vicki aka Jake said...

Ok, when you make the soda bread, call me, I don't bake much anymore.
Love the pictures of your granny's and the tattoo? Forget the bird, just do the Zipadeedoodah :)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I've never made soda bread. Thank you for the recipe. Sweet pictures of your grandmothers. I'm with you on all the dog things!