So, Veronica Mars
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Even though it could have used a couple more hours - miniseries length - to flesh everything out, overall, I enjoyed it and found it tremendously satisfying. I wouldn't mind seeing a couple of tv movies a year or something to continue Veronica's story.
This morning, I got up, spent almost 3.5 hours traveling out to the island - they are doing track work on the Ronkonkoma line and substituting buses for trains from Hicksville on, so I decided to take the Stony Brook train, which is fine, but 1. requires a change at Huntington, and 2. takes two hours. But I arrived and went to my sister's, where Alyssa, my dad, and I baked Irish soda bread (pic
) - well, I mostly supervised (i.e., made sure nothing exploded or got set on fire), since this was always my dad's thing, and Alyssa did most of the grunt work.
The recipe, for those of you who are interested:
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup raisins (we put a whole box in each loaf, which is 12oz)
1 tbsp caraway seeds (optional, since I don't like them)
Heat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9" cake pan (my dad just shapes them and bakes them on a cookie sheet, which also works).
Mix all ingredients together - we just dumped everything into the stand mixer, dry ingredients and then wet - and mix until a sticky dough forms. You might need to flour your hands to handle it. Shape into a loaf either in your cake tin or on the cookie sheet. Score the top in a cross shape with a razor or sharp knife. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown (if you tap it, it'll sound hollow). Cool on a rake. Best served warm, but is good for breakfast the next day too.
We made two loaves, the first without caraway seeds, since my sister and I dislike them, and the second with, because my dad likes them.
There was a slight mishap with baking the first loaf, since we heated the oven, but the loaf barely cooked. We discovered that somehow (it's not my stove, so I don't even know), the temperature got reset to "warming" after it reached the 375 we set it to. I don't even know. So we baked it for another 30 minutes or so, and it turned out fine. (It's the one in the picture.) And then we made the second loaf.
Note: I doubt this is in anyway Irish or authentic, but it's how we've always made it. My dad got the recipe from the cook at the place we used to go on vacation in the 70s.
There's been some other family drama, but I'm still trying to figure out how to process it myself, before I can figure out how to talk about it here.
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