Growing up Mom made (and still makes) soda bread throughout the year, not just on St. Patrick's Day. For her though, the bread she made on St. Patrick's was a little more special connected her and us to our Irish heritage.
In Ireland, soda bread is not the same as the breads appearing on the shelves in grocery stores for a brief period. It's a staple there and rather different in flavor and texture from what we are used to here. That of course is due to basic day to day ingredients that are used in the home.
Brown soda bread (using all or part whole wheat/germ) is always on the table, and with a little bit of grass fed butter it's hard to beat. One of my favorite comfort foods is brown bread, a good stout, and a tasty fish chowder..... to bad I'm land locked!
Ireland is one of my favorite places in the world, but in the County Kerry is Dingle on the Dingle peninsula and it is truly amazing. A rugged but beautiful landscape giving way to an area rich in history and tradition.
The people who live here have special relationship with the rest of Ireland. A people who love, music, poetry, food.... with a little bit of a history of rebellion.
Peter A Milano
Eat, Drink, and Explore from chef Peter's blog about his food experiences, recipes, and travel.