Happy New Year, friends! I’m back, still trying to fix this place up, but it’s an improvement, no? I hear the search functionality is not operating as it should, so I appreciate any feedback you can give as I try to complete this overhaul and get everything in working order.
If I could just call a time-out, that would be awesome.
But we still have to eat. The week between Christmas and the New Year we traditionally live on leftovers – chunks of cheese and crackers from Christmas parties, chunks of cake and tins of cookies that take up the countertop for the entire month of December, ham and turkey and mincemeat in the fridge. And eggnog – every year I buy it thinking we should have some, and every year no one drinks it. So I use it up in waffles and scones, and it’s perfect for baking with, being essentially sweetened, spiced milk. But here it is January 1 and I still have 2L of the stuff. It’s a dairy emergency. And when I have dairy emergencies – too much milk or buttermilk or yogurt about to be tossed – I make Irish soda bread. It can be made sweet, with eggnog and currants or raisins for breakfast, or savoury, with herbs and grated cheese, to perch on the side of a bowl of soup or chili, and it’s a welcome vehicle for mopping when it’s 20 below.
It’s also just fine on its own, plain, for slathering with butter and jam. And there’s no wait for it to rise – essentially it’s a giant scone, which you mix and bake and then cut into wedges.
It has a crunchy crust and a dense, moist crumb, and anyone can make a loaf – it seemed the perfect thing to start the year off with. And good news! As I sort out the glitches here, as we complete the overhaul. I’m going to start this newly made-over site the same way it began – with a post a day for a year. I need to bring myself back to the place I love most.
Here’s to a delicious 2016! I’m so glad you’re still here.