Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Midweek: soda bread and elephants

 As far as we are aware, we are not one speck Irish.  (We may be surprised when we receive the results of the Ancestry DNA tests. We spat in the vials and mailed them in about a month ago.)   I baked a loaf of soda bread this morning and have corned beef in the crock pot for tonight's supper.

 That's cultural appreciation, not cultural appropriation.  I have never been to a St. Patrick's Day parade nor gone downtown to see the Chicago River dyed green.

 


A colleague posted her mother's soda bread recipe on Facebook last year.  The specific instructions are great!  (I used Greek yogurt in place of sour cream. I put a teaspoon of vinegar into the milk in place of buttermilk. I had to retrieve the 20-yr-old jar of caraway seeds from the top shelf of the spice cupboard.  Using 1 tablespoon a year means that jar will outlast me.....And I mixed the dough with a spoon rather than with my "mitts.")

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In the studio:  I pieced many scraps of batik neutrals for the backgrounds and did the applique last evening. They are 10-1/2 x 13-1/2.  Since they'll be placemats I need to make them at least 14 x 18. I thought I'd just add slab borders from contrasting/coordinating batiks but I had another idea.  You'll need to come back on Friday to see!  


Linking up with Midweek Makers and Wednesday Wait Loss

P.S.  I've seen "cornbeef" advertised at two local eateries. Vegan alternative? LOL. 



11 comments:

Preeti said...

I love the elephants. I need to drop everything (that is 11 things, precisely) and make some of those elephants. I always wear green on St. Patrick's Day. Don't want to be pinched :-) My Irish co-worker/friend has told me that corn beef and cabbage isn't a thing in Ireland and parades are not for me. I will return on Friday to revisit these majestic elephants.

Libby in TN said...

We had corned beef two weeks ago, Reuben casserole with the leftovers on Saturday, and the leftovers from the casserole are going on a baked potato tonight with more Swiss Cheese. I wore green today!

cityquilter grace said...

lovely elephants! don't think i'm irish either but doesn't stop me from the gastronomic celebratory goodies....i made my irish bread last week and it's all gone now but corned beef dinner today!

Sara said...

The elephants are terrific! I spent years explaining why I didn’t wear green on St P Day - because I wasn’t Irish. Turns out I was wrong, and based on my DNA test I should be wearing green today.

piecefulwendy said...

I made an entire quilt of those elephants, so I'm curious to see how you will finish them. I might have to make more after I see what you do! Not Irish here, either, and I'm chuckling over your 20-year-old jar of caraway.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Your Square dance piece is beautiful! And I love those elephants on the low volume backgrounds. I make Irish Soda bread every now and then...my maiden name is Murphy and my genetic testing told me 82% divided down the middle English and Irish. But I make it because we both love it; I add raisins usually too. Yours looks delicious!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Those batik elephants are fantastic! They look SEW regal on that neutral batik background, Nann.

Nancy Near Philadelphia said...

I like your elephants. I'm going to need a "girl" baby quilt this summer for a neighbor and I haven't done elephants in a while . . . .

Susan said...

Adding appliques to a scrappy background is one of my favorites. I can't wait to see what you come up with next week!

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Those elephants are so cute! They will make great placemats. Can't wait to see how you decided to finish them! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

GrandmaCindy said...

Where can we find your elephant pattern? I like it’s proportions. Cindy Nelson
Nrsi2000@aol.com