I’ve just joined the new Flickr group ’52 Weeks of Creative’ where you aim to make (and post a picture of) something creative once a week. Now my personal work output can be variable and I think most weeks I do at least one creative thing and a lot of weeks I do more than that, but it’ll be nice to keep myself on track and working more consistently (and I quite fancy being able to look back over the year to see all the different things I’ve (hopefully) done). But because of the whole doing more than one creative thing a week, I’ve decided that for me my weekly photo to 52 Weeks of Creative will be of the first creative project I start and complete that week, sometimes I’ll be posting on a Monday and sometimes I’ll be looking round desperately for something to post on a Sunday. Also for me personally I’m going to rule out posting projects that I had started in a previous week.
So having said all that, the first creative thing I’ve started and finished this week is making cheesy soda bread from Rachel Allen’s Food for Living. It’s the first time I’ve made it and it is absolutely delicious, except Girl Lacer didn’t like it because it had rosemary in it, how can anyone not like rosemary? She wants me to make it again but without the rosemary, that to be is like being asked to pull my own teeth out, I adore rosemary and it’s the best bit about the soda bread, I can foresee having to make two separate batches. Mr. Lacer, Boy Lacer and me all adored it, rosemary and all.
The recipe is very similar to this one, except the recipe I’ve linked to makes a whole loaf and they use olive oil to grease the baking tray and to brush the top prior to sprinkling on the cheese. The recipe I used dusts the baking tray in flour and you flatten the dough to around 2cm thick and then cut it out shapes approximately the size of a scone. No olive oil on top (and I certainly didn’t notice it missing) and cooking for around 20 minutes, the first 10 minutes at 250 C and then lowered to 200 C. My temperamental oven didn’t help me with this, not helped by having two trays in with the bread, I swopped the trays over at the 10 minutes mark but even then the tray that had been originally at the top came out first (after the full twenty minutes), then the tray that had been at the bottom had an additional five minutes and then I checked again and three out of the six buns on the tray sounded ok (you have to tap the bottom of each bun to see if it sounds hollow), so the remaining three went back into the oven for another five minutes at 175 C, after that they were ok. Basically trust your judgement and get tapping!
Will definitely be making these again, I think they’ll make great lunch box food, specially for Boy Lacer who is not particularly fond of sandwiches. They’re also, like all soda bread I seem to make, nice and filling (not being a big fan of shop bought soda bread, I don’t know if all soda bread is that filling or whether I just make soda bread of a possibly brick like tendency).
In other ramblings we had our last shopping trip into town before Girl Lacer goes back to school on Thursday (Boy Lacer starts later in 2 weeks), it seemed everyone else had exactly the same idea and the whole place was heaving and as much I’ll miss having the kids around I’m not sure I’m going to miss herding two cats (ahem my children I mean) round the town centre. We went in for plimsolls (why oh why do I always leave those to last minute) and it was basically a scrum, plimsolls flying everywhere, must remember that next year.