Real Irish Soda Bread (no raisins, no sugar)

I read a novel set in Ireland this week and this is the happy result: traditional Irish Soda Bread for tea. The recipe comes from It is the simplest recipe I have ever used and it is absolutely delicious. I did not include the optional butter, thus justifying plenty of butter on the warm bread. 3 cups (12 oz) of wholewheat flour (I used Hodgson Mills graham flour, which has a nice, rough texture) 1 cup (4 oz) of unbleached white flour Approximately 14 ounces of buttermilk 1 teaspoon [...]

January 5th, 2017|Categories: Home Ecology|Tags: |

Whole-fruit marmalade

We often order a box of grapefruit at Christmas. I had opened the last jar of homemade marmalade in early December and it is also the season in Florida for Seville oranges, the ugly, bitter fruit that produces a delicious preserve. I’ve discovered that it improves with aging. That last jar I was finishing was five years old and had a deep, mellow bittersweetness. (Good marmalade is a balance of sweet, sour, and bitter.) The Orange Shop has a flat shipping rate and offered a much better price on four [...]

December 27th, 2015|Categories: Oddments|Tags: , |

Brown Bread (Grant Loaf)

Makes 3 loaves Brown Bread (Grant Loaf) #ratingval# from #reviews# reviews Print Recipe Type: Bread Author: Karen Christensen (with thanks to Doris Grant) Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 45 mins Total time: 1 hour Serves: 3 loaves The famous "Grant loaf" created during World War II to enable English cooks to make a healthy, wholesome loaf with local wheat, instead of wheat imported from the United States. This bread is a staple at our house - excellent as toast. One of our favorite winter snacks is toast with sardines [...]

March 3rd, 2012|Categories: Home Ecology|Tags: , |

More soup, with apologies to those Down Under

I have a friend off for a week at the beach in Australia, but here in New England it's still soup weather and this is a favorite, full of ginger and garlic to help fight colds. Couldn't be simpler, or easier on the earth, this favorite lentil soup, based on recipe from the New York Times. I always double or triple it. Lentil & Ginger Soup 1 pound brown lentils 2 T olive oil 1 large onion 3-6 cloves garlic 3-4 T fresh grated ginger root 3-4 carrots, chopped finely [...]

February 28th, 2005|Categories: Oddments|Tags: |