Kitchen Prayer & Quick Irish Soda Bread


It’s been 2521 days since I lost my son. It’s been nearly that long since I have been able to pray. Unanswered prayers asking to keep my kids safe just set me off onto a negative path. Crazy mad at God doesn’t accurately describe the feeling of losing my son in a senseless accident, but when a wise and faithful friend named Angie wrote on her FB page “faith does not protect us from our sorrow, but prayer will hold you up” it hit me. I’ve been angry too long and it is of no use. In fact the anger is a complete waste of energy that could be better spent in meditation. Putting spirituality back into my life has been a fine turning point. I thank my friends, Kare, Rebecka, Mark, Hilary and my cousin Carol who have gently nudged me forward to believe that life is better with a higher power in it. How about you?


You know what else makes life better? Recipe videos. That’s right. If you are a visual learner as I am cookbook photos and on-line videos make cooking and baking so much easier. Today I feature a re-do of this Irish Soda Bread blog from 2016. Click on that link to get the written recipe, turn up the volume and sit back and enjoy the show.


Are you serving a corned beef and cabbage dinner or Beef Stew? This Irish soda bread will go great beside either. If you like Guinness check out my beef stew and boxty recipe here.  Happy St. Patrick’s, happy week, happy delicious day in the kitchen with your family.


Old Memories Inspire New Recipes

Instead of springing forward today I am falling back to 3 years ago when I shared this post. The truth is there are only 2 St. Patrick’s Day recipes in my arsenal and this happens to be my favorite. Boxty and beef stew is a delicious option when not in the mood for corned beef and cabbage….nobody really likes the cabbage or boiled bland potatoes, so give boxty a try.

Good Grief Cook

Guinness Beef Stew Boxty Guinness Beef Stew Boxty

A time will come when the memory will fade like the fabric on the old wing chair sitting in the sunny window. Memories are all we have. Blogging is a way of preserving those memories. It took me by surprise when some old memories of William inspired last night’s dinner. The memories are happy and the food is comforting like a warm hug from someone well-loved.

Will & cousin Alexis-I need a Will & cousin Alexis-I need a “love” button

In 2009 while attending a medical conference in San Diego I spent several days with William as he was stationed there and working at the US Naval Hospital, Balboa. We shared some fun adventures as he showed me all his favorite spots including “The Market” on the pier and the Irish pub known as “The Field” in the gas lamp district. The raw bar guy at the Market knew him by name.

we also got to visit with cousin Alexis visiting…

View original post 104 more words

Spirited Irish Soda Bread


Not an Irish bone in my body, but that is no reason not to share this spirited recipe with you. Naturally, this easy quick bread flavored with caraway seed (you know it from rye bread) and Irish whiskey soaked golden raisins is anything, but traditional. Unlike more authentic soda bread this one is less crusty and more moist. Thanks to a mix of buttermilk, baking soda and baking powder it rises nicely with lots of airy buttery nooks and crannies.


I like to use an ice cream scoop to dollop the batter into the pan. It creates the look of the more traditional soda bread and outlines the portions almost like a pan of pull apart rolls. Of course you can just pour the batter right into the pan and slice into wedges.


Spirited Irish Soda Bread

½ cup golden raisins

1 tablespoon Irish whiskey

2 cups all purpose flour

2 tablespoons sugar

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1-teaspoon fine sea salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) frozen unsalted butter

1-teaspoon caraway seeds

2 eggs

1-cup buttermilk

Heat oven 375F. Lightly grease 9-inch round cake pan. In small bowl, toss raisins with whiskey; set aside. In medium bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Grate butter on the large holes of a box grater into flour mixture; mix with a fork until butter is fully coated with dry ingredients and looks crumbly. Stir in caraway seeds. In small bowl, whisk eggs until well blended; reserve 1 tablespoon in another small bowl. Whisk buttermilk into remaining egg; stir into flour mixture along with raisins and whiskey. Stir mixture just until dry ingredients are all moistened. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop batter into prepared pan with 9 scoops around edge of the pan and 3 scoops in the center. Drizzle reserved egg over the top and spread with the back of a spoon. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Run a knife around the edge of the pan. Invert onto a plate and then invert on to a cooling rack. Serve warm or room temperature.


And until next week here are some words of Irish encouragement:

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!