Plus! Eric Adams Watch #7! Reader Letter!
Excellent issue. I especially commend your tying it all together with an NYC TAP WATER theme.
Greetings, Irish soda Bread fans!
I am on my big computer aand I do not have a computer ready version of my Good Loaf Soda Bread Recipe. However, out of the goodness of my heart, I am going to type in the recipe because I'm an Aries Rat and I do what I please. here's the recipe:
The Good Loaf’s
Irish Soda Bread
1 cup currants
½ cup Irish whiskey or hot water
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons chilled, unsalted butter,
Cut in small pieces
¾ cup buttermilk
Soak the currants in the liquid. Please use the whiskey, not plain water. Soak for as little as 30 minutes or as long as overnight.
Combine flours, sugar, soda and salt in a bowl, and blend
By hand or with an open whisk.
Flake butter into the dry mixture by hand until it forms thumbnail sized pieces.
Do not overwork the butter.
Stir in currants without the liquid until just incorporated.
(You can reserve the liquid for making irish Whiskey Butter)
Add buttermilk slowly, and pull dough together
With a wooden spoon or spatula.
When you are able to form into a round,
pat the dough together with your hands and
Move to a lightly floured surface. (Dust the board by flicking
The flour, using the motion of skipping a stone.)
Work the dough with your fingertips into a 6-inch round.
It should just hold together. Place dough on a greased
Or parchment covered baking sheet, and, with a knife, make
A ½ inch slash down the length of the dough
And another horizontally inthe form of a cross.
Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 30 m minutes
Until golden brown. Let cool for 30 minutes before slicing.
Adapted from The Bread Bible.
I wish I could remember the name of the chef who used to make this bread once a year for St. Patrick's Day. I know that she had a very serious stroke, and that for physical therapy, she used to haunt the gym at Hampshire Hills Athletic Club, and she continued to run this bakery. She also used to make a white chocolate and dried sour cherry scone which was to die for.
The letter from AL and your "Still, I got the general idea" cracked me up. Have come to look forward to your USP: great conversations with everyday yet extraordinary people. Mentally stimulating but also heartwarming and life-affirming!
After reading, there is certainly nothing more of a priority than getting floating everything bagels in my home. Amazing!
You know, I haven’t missed NYC for a second, but yr Black story and flying bagels is sooooo NY!! And I miss that. I must find my own flying burritos here in NM!!
Ha! What a pleasure to read. I’m glad I found you. I’m an Australian in a Sydney but this is a pleasing slice of daily life in NYC.
I used to have a profane expression which your bagel thing brought back. It involves an impossible feat:
Taking a rolling fcuk thru a flying bagel.
It's what you'd tell a pest to go do. I wonder if the AR guy could create that on the iPhone.
Always a blast and impossible to predict what is simmering in your mind. My favorite part is the little flags identifying the key ingredients in his soda bread. My next door neighbor Wisconsin is always in a bragging mood pointing out their cheese, underage drinking and cranberry prowess. What the hell are cranberries doing in the soda bread??? My theory is not many people love raisins so cranberries are an upgrade. Mr. Black seems fascinating and a guy who you could give a prompt and his response could be just about anything!
I have an old colleague who liked to paint watercolors. His job was involved with nuclear power plants so he had an absurd array of paintings of nuclear plants. His real job versus his passion could not be more dissimilar. If I can find him (it's been years) I will figure out if he has a picture of RGE Ginna. Watercolors of nuclear plants is not a popular genre.
Your mayor, reverting to papa bear and counseling people to hydrate is just great.
Plz be careful and watch those bagels closely I am being told they will unionize and rebel a la Toy Story except it’ll be called Bagel Story
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Great issue. I was an accountant for a very long time, and I think there is a space for some exciting books on accountants... 🤥😜 Maybe like an accountant that robs from the rich and give to the poor. Or an accountant who is also a street fighter. Come on Anne, daughter of an Accountant. It could be a miniseries. You got this! 😋😁
Will be responding from our BIG computer wit.h an awesome recipe for Soda Bread from the Good Loaf in Milford NH..
You always deliver a delightful surprise.
The accountant's daughter! Love it. That would really be a best seller!
Great interview! I, too, lived in NYC when it was as warm and cuddly at the CBGB's bathroom. Hah. Love the floating bagels! I hope he finds success. And perfect segue with the tap water!
OMG. Mirai Booth-Ong recorded the audiobook of "i ate tiong bahru".
I used to work for her mom!