I haven't felt much like writing these last few weeks. I have this deep down feeling that everything is in turmoil out there and I just want to hide in the house.
I do know that I wrote you a long post on Thursday about all sorts of things and I deleted every last word of it and just gave you a recipe for hake. I am sure that this left most of you pretty cold but it just sounded too much like a long moan. I suppose that you could conclude that I was having a bad case of the blues where you feel like life is just running past like one of those really long freight trains in America with the long lonely horn noises - I guess I was just feeling sorry for myself.
I have everything in the world to be thankful for so I will just shut up and get on with it.
On an energetic note, I have been putting in some hours training for the causeway coast marathon which is two weeks tomorrow so there has been a lot of pasta consumed here. I am hoping that the amazing scenery and a large dose of adrenalin will carry me the distance.
Another thing that cheered me up no end was meeting this nice blogger-ess for an ultra-good coffee at 3FE and you know what? Its really nice that to hear people say nice things about Dublin for a change. I then came home and in an act of patriotism, made some good old Irish soda farls. I can say with a hand on my heart that I will never buy these again. They are so simple to make that I am in shock that I haven't tried it before.
The recipe could not be more easy and I used this one from this nice new book which I will tell you more about in a day or so when I get more of a feel for it.
You will need:
- 225g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 150ml buttermilk
- Combine the dry ingredients in a baking bowl and make a well in the centre. Pour in the buttermilk and working from the inside out, combine to form a sticky dough. Knead lightly into a ball and flatten out to about 1cm on a lightly floured work surface. Cut into either quarters or eighths, depending on what size you would prefer.
- Heat a heavy bottomed frying pan on a medium heat and sprinkle with a little flour. Place on each little triangle leaving room at each side for turning. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side until golden brown. Set on a wire rack to cool or better still, serve immediately with (a lot of) butter.