Saturday, March 17, 2018

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

This is a traditional Irish Soda Bread. Soda Breads are the simplest breads to make. Only a few ingredients needs and most households have them in the cupboards. This is a recipe from Ballyvaugham,Co.Care Ireland. Traditional Soda Bread calls for Buttermilk or commonly known as Sour Milk in Europe.
 You want to make sure you do not knead or handle the bread. I use a medium round mixing bowl to  mix and then turn it upside down onto the Floured parchment paper lined baking sheet. Press it down to the 4cm thickness and then cut it, Place it in the oven right away cause the Soda starts working as soon as you add the buttermilk. You want the bread to continue to rise in the oven, therefore getting it in at the right time is essential for the bread. This is not a make ahead  a cooking bread. It is consider a fast bread.

The faster you work with it after added the buttermilk and better it will turn out.


6 cups Flour
1/4 teaspoon  Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Buttermilk

1. Preheat over to 400° F
once oven is heated( due to you need to gt the bread in the oven right away)

2. Put all the dry ingredients( Flour, Baking Soda, Salt) in a medium bowl, stir well.

3 .Make a well in the middle, add buttermilk in the Well, stir Vigorously til all flour is incorporated.

4. Turn out unto  a baking sheet lined with Parchment paper add a little floured to the paper, flatten out into a circle about a 4 cm thick ( one and a half inch thick)

5. With a floured knife make a crisscross cut in the middle.

6. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fall Foods: One Dish Meals

The other day I was looking in the refrigerator for some ideas for  dinner. I had no meat in the frig but had  some  Black Angus cooked Hamburgers patties in the freezer. No buns though. So, I looked in the cabinet, had some  whole wheat elbow noodles and some gluten free elbow noodles. A package of onion and mushroom soup mix, can of  diced Roma Tomatoes and a  shallot. Of course I had all sort of  salts and spices.

So, I decided to make a Hamburger Helper type of meal. I need to make sure it was good for our health needs. Not causing a spike in glucose and being  lower in calories but high in fiber.

this is the recipe created:

Fall One Dish HH.

3 Black Angus hamburger patties ( pre cooked)
1 (14.5 oz) can of diced Roma tomatoes
1 cup of each Barilla Gluten Free Elbow noodles and Barilla Whole wheat grain elbow noodles
1/4 cup of minced shallots
 Avocado Oil
1 envelope of Lipton Mushroom and onion dry soup mix.
AlderWood Smoked Salt*
Fine Sea Salt
ground white and black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder.
 1 tsp McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning
1 cup water.
1 Tablespoon Honey ( I used A German  Black Forest Honey)

Boil 4 qt of water for the noodles. Once the water is boiling put 1 tsp of Alderwood Smoked salt and 1 tablespoon of Sea salt in water. This will season the noodles.  very important step! make sure the salts are dissolved, taste the water is should taste like sea water. Place the noodles in the water and boil for 8 minutes.

Now saute the shallots in about 1 tablespoon of avocado oil. add the tomatoes,  garlic and Italian seasoning. stir bring to a boil,
Add the soup mix and water stir bring back to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes ( uncovered).   add the Honey and stir.
 cook the Patties as directed in the microwave. The ones I use are precooked and I cook them for 2 minutes. Remove them and  chop them up. place into the sauce. add about 1/8 ( pinch) of Alderwood salt. about  a pinch of cracked pepper and stir together. simmer. about  2 minutes.

Drain the pasta and add it to a pasta serving bowl with 2 tablespoon of room temp butter and a pinch of Alderwood salt. toss until all the butter and salt are Incorporated  into the pasta. Add the meat sauce and mix well. Taste and add more sea slat and pepper as needed to your taste.

I  grated a little Parmesan cheese over it  and place the cheese grater on the table for folks to add more if wish.

Enjoy, serves 6 people.
 Recipe copyright 2017 by "Auntie E Cookbook/EM Dubros"

*You can find the Alderwood Smoke salt on Ebay and Amazon. I have a place where I can get all sorts of smoked salts  the Olive Tap.
 Smoked salts add great flavors to your recipes with out having to smoke them in a smoker for hours. I will post about these amazing salts and how to use them in a later post.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Peach Time

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I love Peaches. Somehow the end of summer and into the fall, are my favorite time to have peaches! Peach season is in August frame.  The Peaches taste sweeter and better then. Really haven't decided what type of Peach dishes I like best. Whether it is a Crisp, Cobbler, Cake, Ice cream or just a Peach Tea, all of it is good.

I have been drinking a lot of Peach Green Tea this summer. But now I am in the mood for a dessert.
Today I am going  to pick up some local Peaches. Thinking about doing a Almond Peach upside down cake.  I will post my recipe so soon as I create it. For now just try some Peaches this year. We have had a good amount a rain this summer and that is very good for the fruit Trees!

Beth Whitesell has a wonderful Peach Kuchen on her cooking site. Try it out.