Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Traditional Irish White Soda Bread

Traditional Irish Soda Bread, a recipe from my childhood. A real Irish recipe with a long Irish history. www.goodfoodshared.blogspot.com

This humble bread has been part of our Irish heritage for at least 180 years, it requires nothing more than four simple ingredients, a hot oven and a little time. It reminds me of my mother, shaping it on our counter top at home before baking it in the solid fuel cooker, then afterwards enjoying it at tea time warm from the oven, slathered with butter and maybe a little jam.     

Traditional Irish Soda Bread, a recipe from my childhood. A real Irish recipe with a long Irish history. www.goodfoodshared.blogspot.com

My father remembers his mother making it over the open fire in the griddle -traditional three legged pot with a lid -  which sat over the open flames suspended by an iron arm, the lid of the griddle in place, covered with hot coals, an ingenious way of cooking the top and bottom of the soda bread simultaneously. He also remembers this as the method for making "Griddle Bread" or "Soda Farls" essentially the same recipe executed slightly differently.   

This is a quick bread, requiring very little input from us, no yeast, kneading, rising or proving just a little stirring and then a hot oven to finish off our labours. The addition of raisins changes the purpose of the bread, it goes from something that can be enjoyed with cheese to what we would call a "Tea Bread" which is more than suitable for guests and the table bedecked with silver butter dishes, cups, saucers and good silverware, but it is just as acceptable for the rough and tumble of a family tea time!

Enjoy this St. Patricks Day  and why not have it with a piece of Irish Tradition on your table. 

Friday, 10 March 2017

Emoji Cake Tutorial

Emoji Cake tutorial, what better way to celebrate a birthday than with a happy emoji cake!! www.goodfoodshared.blogspot.com

These cakes are great fun to make and they are so easy to personalise!! My daughter and I had great fun deciding what emoji faces to choose for her birthday cake this year. She finally settled on the Tears of Joy and Blowing a Kiss emoji cakes! 

Emoji Cake tutorial, what better way to celebrate a birthday than with a happy emoji cake!! www.goodfoodshared.blogspot.com

The inside of the cake has a little surprise too because it is a vanilla and chocolate Zebra cake, which was delicious and a lot of fun to make. 

Emoji Cake tutorial, what better way to celebrate a birthday than with a happy emoji cake!! www.goodfoodshared.blogspot.com

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins and Knitting!!

A Delicious Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe and Knitting Swirl Ski Hats in front of a Roaring Open Fire :) GoodFoodShared.Blogspot.com

I've been knitting a LOT recently, it's the most relaxing hobby for this time of the year. I can be found clacking needles in front of a roaring fire with half an eye on the television and the other on which row I'm on. 

It gives your brain a real work out though and I find that I get the munchies...it doesn't take long for my hungry brain to imagine steaming cups of coffee and some tasty, chocolatey muffins!  

A Delicious Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe and Knitting Swirl Ski Hats in front of a Roaring Open Fire :) GoodFoodShared.Blogspot.com 

I have fallen in love with this particular free knitting pattern, it's called the Swirled Ski Cap from the Craft Yarn Council and it is surprisingly easy and soooo pretty. 

It's basically a knitted parallelogram that when sewn up, gives this beautiful, buttercream swirl which can be topped off with a fun pom pom. I haven knitted it twice so far experimenting with different yarns and colours. This is my favourite combination, it matches a cowl I knitted late last year, I added the pink blanket stitch to the cowl to make them a matching set. They both stylish and extremely warm for these wintry days.