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.

6 comments :

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

700 photos ... that's got to be a whopper of a trip!!

Elle said...

Tanna, Mostly I just love to take photos...probably only half of them are worth keeping :) and it WAS a great trip!

Next Sister Down said...

What Elle didn't mention was the teeny bit of whiskey she put in the whipped cream. It was the merest most subtle hint, more in the aroma as the whipped cream melted in the mouth than a distinct flavor. It was inspired.

DaviMack said...

Glad you had fun! Wish we could have seen you while you were here ... but we'll try for that when we're back in your neck of the woods!

Elle said...

Next Sister Down, Was too jet lagged when I posted this to remember to add in about the whiskey. It did work you well, didn't it? A big part of the appeal of the trip was getting to spend time with you and the usual suspects on our return to Virginia!

Elle said...

daviMack, Yes, do plan on a visit when next you get to California! We would even drive a bit if getting to our small town is not possible.