Multi-Grain Soda Bread

Eat Well Edibles Recipe

In years past airy popovers, a golden braided challah, fluffy brioche or another light style of bread graced our Easter tables. Rain clouds and a damp chill settled in to southeastern NC this year, so I went for dark and dense.

Soda bread originated in Irish kitchens around the middle of the 19th century. Traditional recipes utilize only four basic ingredients: flour, salt, buttermilk (or soured or “clabbered” milk), and baking soda as a leavener — making a hearty, nourishing loaf easily and in short order.

Though you may be accustomed to loaves studded with currants, raisins, dried cranberries or a combination, fruit is typically reserved for tea cakes and tea breads in Ireland. You are, of course, welcome to deviate. Mine is without, but I did add 2 teaspoons of mildly sweet and aromatic ground anise seed.

WG soda bread

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Cinnamon Matcha Spent Grain-ola

Eat Well Edibles Recipe

“Keep close to Nature’s heart. Break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir

Days before travelling through Ireland, when our noses weren’t stuffed into back-country guides or poring over maps, free moments were spent tidying the house (because no one wants to come home to a mess), confirming reservations, and engineering the most efficient luggage configuration.

We were going on an adventure, off to climb mountains!

Glengarriff, Ireland

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