First, check out this side show of amazing contemporary Celtic art by Jen Delyth at KelticDesigns.com
Next, I'd like to share with you a painting by my friend and fellow Connecticut artist Roxanne Steed. Roxanne travels to Ireland every year and has many beautiful paintings of the Irish countryside. Below is one of her recent ones, which I absolutely love!
I look forward to Irish Soda Bread all year long! Here's my best recipe, this makes a smallish loaf but can be doubled easily.
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons honey
1 1/2 c white flour
1/2 c whole wheat flour
1/2 cup raisins ( I like lots in my soda bread so I go heavy w/ the raisins)
2 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp granulated sugar
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, spray baking sheet w/ non-stick cooking spray
In a small bowl combine buttermilk & honey. In a larger bowl combine white flour, wheat flour, raisins, lemon zest, baking soda & salt.
Add milk mixture to flour mixture and stir just until flour disappears, do not over blend. Sprinkle work surface with flour; turn out dough and w/ floured hands lightly knead dough 7 times. Form into a 7" round loaf and place onto prepared baking sheet. Slash a cross on the top with a sharpe knife and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Bake in the oven for 40-45 min. until nicely browned. Cool on a rack and serve room temperature.
May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow & may trouble avoid you wherever you go.-Irish Blessing