Eat– for Good Health

You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy a St Patty’s Day dinner tomorrow of corned beef, cabbage, parsley potatoes, carrots, onions, and Irish soda bread.  All you do to make corned beef is boil the living daylights out of it for hours upon hours.  To tone down the salty content, replace water saving seasonings in the strainer.  Add vegetables near the end of cook time. Keeping to a deck of cards portion of beef (which is nearly devoid of fat after boiling) with a small potato and unlimited other veggies, allow yourself a slice of soda bread which is necessary to complete the meal.  Soda bread  rises due to the reaction of the acid in its ingredient buttermilk with baking soda, a base.  The variety of wheat grown in Ireland is of a soft variety.   We prefer the “spotty dog” over the plain style.

Ingredients for a round loaf:

  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk

Method Preheat oven to 425°. Whisk together 4 cups of flour, the sugar, salt, and baking soda into a large mixing bowl. Using a pastry cutter or two knives (can also use your fingers), work butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal, then stir in raisins.

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7 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    I have never been to Ireland and need to go. Rob tells me the Irish serve sliced tomatoes on every breakfast plate.

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    Cute little green touches, Rachel. I add extra green touches to my St Patrick’s Day table such as green jello. I use the sugar free variety and dice tiny apples into it when it’s half gelled and then at dinner, serve it on lettuce.

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