Every Saint Patrick’s Day my Grandpa George made his signature Irish Soda Bread. It was simply a magical event. Simple ingredients, mixed and molded with care, would transform into the most wonderful bread. The house would be filled with the sweet scent of his bread. As soon as I could stand on a chair next to him at the counter, I got to help. When I was away at school, packages of carefully wrapped bread would arrive at the campus post office. I love to bake and I tried to change the recipe… There were the whole grain attempts, swapping out honey for sugar, and an ill fated yogurt addition. Over the years I learned to make soda bread just like Grandpa and learned that some things are perfect as they are. There are a few important things about making Grandpa’s bread. Measurements are a suggestion. Be patient and let the buttermilk, egg and baking soda do their bubbly thing is essential. You must cut the bread before baking as he would say “to let the devil out”. Despite his recipe title, you must not add caraway seeds. Sticky is good. You must have fun. The bread will know… And share!
When Celeste and I got married we gave each of our guests a copy of this recipe and our recipe for Fig Challah. Something Old… Something New. Here are a few photos of this year’s bread and Grandpa’s recipe in his own hand. Enjoy!
Take a peek at this very Julia Child themed wedding shower brunch! Now I must say, we are one very lucky couple. Our family knows us well and they threw us this fabulous party! We are foodies who love bright colors, Paul and Julia Child’s love story, and all our quirky lovely people. They came up with so many wonderful ideas and in the colors we love. Heart shaped cookie cutter garlands! Wooden spoon gifts for guests… in Great Grandma Lizzy Flynn’s McCoy mixing bowl filled with red lentils! (I’m not so sure how she would feel about red lentils… a staple around here…but oh my the wonderful things that have been made in that bowl!) Heart shaped liner cookies! All of those lovely flowers came from the good folks at Floribunda . Dave and Donna are amazingly talented. Working with them is great fun! (We loved what they came up with for our wedding!) Celeste and I were showed with the love, talent and generosity of amazing friends and family. Enjoy or maybe more fitting…Bon Appetit!
“The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person… you know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time.” – Julia Child
Lot’s of new beginnings right now. The school year is in full swing. The air is getting crisp. I’ve pulled out my cozy sweater for early studio mornings. My very fun parentals are on their first giant vacation and we are looking forward to their stories upon their return. The New Year brings big exciting changes abound here. We’re spiffing up the studio space and have fun and interesting photo projects in the works.
On a personal note, it’s my first Rosh Hashanah. C and I are carving out our own traditions. After a wonderful day of making apple sauce and learning to braid challah, we hosted our first Rosh Hashanah dinner. Kate and D joined us and we ate and ate and talk about our hopes and wishes for the year to come. We found the recipe for the pumpkin spinach feta muffins here, the honey apple cake here and the fig challah here.
It’s a season full of autumn adventures, holidays and family dinners and traditions. What a wonderful time to schedule a photo session to document your family’s adventures.