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    Posted March 15, 2014 by
    Glen Cove, New York
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    Do you eat ethically?

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    "Irish soda bread..and then some."

    I don't have a lick of Irish in me, at least I don't think so, but around every March 17, as Saint Patrick's day approaches I get a craving for Irish soda bread..They say there are two kinds of people, the Irish and the Irish at heart. so I guess I am the latter, at least for now.
    Irish Soda bread has always been a favorite bread of mine. I love it. Now as the holiday approaches all the stores carry it, the chains etc. but you can make it from scratch relatively easily as it combines the most basic ingredients, as it was a traditional product of a poor country as bread being a staple, in many farmhouses in Europe. It is simple and inexpensive to make and can be served with vegetables, or butter, jam and you don't need to spend a lot of money. I like to respect other cultures when their holidays approach and what better way than the bread or carbohydrate of their country , region, etc. to eat ethically. Here is a simple recipe for Irish soda bread if you don't already know it.
    The bread can be served with the traditional corn beef and cabbage, which also is a product of working class poor, Irish immigrants, etc, because cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and the brind of meat was inexpensive to purchase. Even today I priced cabbage in my local store and it was 25 cents a pound. Not bad if you know how to season it. You can get many recipes on line, and it is a good dish in the crock pot. I am not a corn beef fan, but I enjoy the flavored cabbage, potatoes and carrots that go nice with the bread.
    Traditional Irish Soda Bread with raisins.
    2 cups all purpose flour
    5 tbsps. sugar
    1 1/2 tbsps. baking powder- and 3/4 tsp. baking soda
    1 tsp. salt
    3 tbsps. butter, chilled, cut into cubes
    1 cup buttermilk
    2/3 cup raisins.
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees, Spray about 8" baking pan with non stick spray or use a veg. oil, etc. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in large bowl to blend. Add in butter, using fingertips to rub in. Make a well in center of flour mix, add buttermilk. Stir dry ingredients into milk to blend, add raisins. flour hands, shape dough into ball. then transfer to the oiled pan and flatten slightly. sprinkle dough with remaining tsp. sugar.
    Bake until brown for about 40 mins. Cool in pan. Enjoy with sides.. whatever they be.
    I only added picture #3 because I enjoy these colorful Irish cupcakes this time of year, as one reason green is the color is because Saint Patrick used the green shamrock as a symbol of the holy trinity. I also associate green with the color of Ireland, although I've never been.
    The last photo is the hat I used as background for my table setting, on the resting stone of my friend Mary, who worked for a law firm in the city of Manhattan and every St. Patty's day enjoyed having fun luncheons on the town with the girls and other employees. She loved people and had a lot of friends. "May your home always be too small to hold all our friends." An Irish saying.
    March 15, 2014.
    Thank you.
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