Sunday, May 31, 2009
Starting Toward the End
Back in the "States" and enjoying the company of family in Virginia. Celebrated the birthday of the 'queen mother' last night, complete with a seasonal favorite, strawberry shortcake. Baker Boy helped with spreading the whipped cream, then placed and lit the candles for the grand presentation and song. There are few things as enjoyable as local strawberries at the peak of their season. These came from the Saturday farmers market and they were sweet and juicy and bursting with flavor...we really didn't need the cake or whipped cream, but 'ya gotta have cake for birthdays, right? Whipped cream is a delight anytime and anywhere.
No photos at the moment, so will do a true post once home, but also made traditional Irish brown bread of the soda bread type and a loaf of yeasted brown bread. Both recipes came from an Irish cooking school book. Will probably post about them, and more, on the Bread Baker's Dog blog in a few days. The traditional soda type brown bread was quickly scarfed down, assisted by a lavish smear of Kerry butter from a nearby grocery store...U.S. customs won't let you bring it into the country yourself. We are working on the yeasted loaf today.
More on the trip to Ireland soon, too. It may even be so much as to become boring after a while, but I took something like 700 photos! Such a gorgeous country.