Brown Bread Part II

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Posted by wendy | Posted in Irish Cooking | Posted on 23-01-2008

So, the last brown bread turn out pretty well.  It was a bit sweeter than I think it should be.

I decided to search the internet for another recipe, since I still have tons of buttermilk left.  This recipe came up.

Irish Mum’s Brown Bread
3 cups whole wheat bread flour
1 cup unbleached white bread flour
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 3/4+ cups buttermilk
2 ounces butter (preferably Kerrygold)
1 egg

Melt the butter over gentle heat.
In a medium-sized bowl lightly beat the egg and then gradually add the buttermilk all the while stirring to incorporate the egg. Beat in the butter.

In another bowl sift and mix the dry ingredients as best you can (not really a prob if you can’t find the coarse flour), and then stir in the buttermilk mixture. If you are using a baking tin the mixture should be on the wetter side – (heidi: like a thick brownie mix, something you could pour into the tin, not scoopable by hand really). If your dough is too dry, mix in small splashes of buttermilk until it is the right consistency.

Cook at 400F for 50 minutes on the middle rack. You want to hear a sort of hollow sound when you knock on the bottom of the tin. Resist the urge to take the bread out too soon, or the middle of the bread won’t get cooked through.

Makes 1 loaf.

With a name like that, I felt I should at least give it a go.

It’s baking in the oven as we speak. Will post later with the results of which one turn out better.

Stay tuned!

The Curve

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Posted by wendy | Posted in blog | Posted on 21-01-2008

Over the weekend, I got a new phone.  I love my Moto Ming, but it’s time to upgrade.  I want to be able to do more with my phone like checking emails, etc.  As much as I love my Ming, the mail client is lacking.

After looking around the Cingular site, I decided to go with this.

Blackberry
I looked at the iPhone, but since I already have an iTouch, it just doesn’t seem right.

So far, I really love it.  One thing I really missed about my sidekick is the QWERTY.  The keyboard on this thing is nice! No more tap tap tap on the screen for me.   The trackball is pretty cool too.

I feel so grown up!

TUC

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Posted by wendy | Posted in blog | Posted on 19-01-2008

One of the food items I always get when I go to Ireland with the Mr. is TUC.  I don’t know how it started. It could have been all those late nights working in with O2 and the only thing that was open was Spar.   Or maybe it’s it’s awesome name TUC.

When we were in Paris, I picked up a packet of TUC and we all had a good time eating it. Or maybe it was because we didn’t have breakfast and had a long trip to Dijon. I prefer to think that everyone thought TUC was delicious.  I was sad that I left it in the rental car because it was so delicious.

Anyway! So today we were at Nob Hill and guess what I saw?!

TUC

That’s right! TUC! I have never seen TUC in US before (well other than the British Food Store.) And it was 10 for 10 dollars!  I guess it’s not very popular in the US.  They had Paprika, Salt and Pepper, Sesame,  and Original.  I never seen so many different kind of TUC.

I got myself 3 packs of TUC.  I just can’t bring myself to buy 10. That’s too much TUC even for me.

Happy Day!

Package Arrival

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Posted by wendy | Posted in knit | Posted on 17-01-2008

I sent off a package to my friend in Denmark on Saturday and it got there today!

It was good that it got there in about a week, thank you USPS!

It was bad that I was suppose to mail it so it’ll be there for Christmas, bad Wendy.

Here’s a picture of her wearing the scarf.

Amber