Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Not quite the Barefoot Contessa

I'm not sure if it's the start of a new school year or fall approaching, but lately all I've wanted to do is organize, bake and do crafty projects. Don't get me wrong, I haven't completely changed. I didn't say I "liked" cleaning but I do appreciate things being organized. I hope this is the beginning of a new habit, but only time will tell. My hubby affectionately told me the other day to "Slow down, before you burn yourself out" ;) Point taken, will do!

Yesterday, while I was sorting through our desk (bills and receipt's galore) I was watching the Barefoot Contessa. On that episode she made some Irish soda bread. While I was watching I thought "hmmm, I've never had soda bread, it seems an odd thing to make, it doesn't sound super appetizing" But it did look delish and was super easy with a Kitchen Aid mixer. So, today I thought I would try my hand at it. I did switch up a couple things in her recipe. It calls for orange zest which I didn't have and buttermilk. Side note: you can actually make your own buttermilk by adding white vinegar to regular milk but I was out. So I just used half and half and milk. Also, it called for currants, which I've heard of but didn't really know what they where. After looking it up tonight I believe they are really tiny Zante grapes that originated in Greece. I didn't happen to have any lying around so I kicked it eastern NC style with regular raisins.

This was before! (Beware the dough is SUPER wet and sticky)

This is after! I laughed when I took it out because it was so tall and cracked on the bottom half. Not quite the Barefoot Contessa, but it still tasted great!

Tomorrow I may try my hand at a Pavlova which is a dessert made out of meringue, cream and topped with berries. Yummmm. At Sam's this week they have had 12oz containers of organic raspberries for $3.47! That is a steal! I remember they did that last year too. I've already bought 3 containers and I'm hoping they still have them when we get paid on the 1st so I can freeze some.

And just in case you wonder what Isaac has been up to here is a picture.

Wearing his ECU beads and shoes Mama D bought for him for next year.

Isaac's new favorite snack, frozen peas! Who knew? A family friend told us about it last week when we had dinner with them.


  1. Your bread looks yummy. Please post a pic and recipe when you make the berry dessert. That sounds good.

    Have you ever made a cake with diet coke??

  2. I was planning on doing a post of my dessert, it's in the oven right now :) I hope it turns out! I've never done anything with egg whites before. The diet coke, no I've never used. We don't usually drink it, but I've heard of people doing that. Have you?

  3. BABE!
    I've been bragging to the staff on how amazing you are and how much you've been doing lately...they hate you now and have forbidden me to speak of you. :) Just kidding. You're a Proverbs 31 woman, and I am undeserving! :)