Bannock Bread

http://www.ifood.tv/network/bannockSo whilst reminiscing about Ireland, my mother in law and I were talking about homemade bread. We both thought it was time to make some bread, mostly because we ate the last of our bread last night. So I remembered when we went to Bunratty Castle, we had bannock which is a quick unleavened bread that is cooked in a pan or cast iron griddle. It was delicious. They had made it with a homemade butter…..wonderful.

So this is my attempt at bannock.

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons baking powder

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 1/2 cups water

Directions

1. Measure flour, salt, and baking powder into a large bowl. Stir to mix. Pour melted butter and water over flour mixture. Stir with fork to make a ball.

2. Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface, and knead gently about 10 times. Pat into a flat circle 3/4 to 1 inch thick.

3. Cook in a greased frying pan over medium heat, allowing about 15 minutes for each side. Use two lifters for easy turning. May also be baked on a greased baking sheet at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes.

Sauteed Radishes

So I came across this while perusing Epicurious on my phone (Yes I love food so much that I look up recipes for fun.). The full recipe was for sauteed mustard chicken and sauteed radishes. I made the whole recipe cause I love mustard and never thought to cook radishes. the mustard chicken turned out good. It was colorful and delicious. I should have cooked it alittle longer to make it more tender but we were both hungry so it was a little tougher than I like. The taste was good. The sauteed radish part was new and interesting to me.

I will be completely honest. I do not like raw radishes. I think they taste like peppery raw potatoes which makes me gag a little bit. I have never understood how people can eat slices of raw potato. Ew. Anyways, I digress.

Cooked radishes taste a lot like a mixture of potato and a hint of squash. they loose a lot of the white color as the reddish color of the skins permeates the rest of the vegetable.

I found that in the end of it all, I still do not like radishes. They left a chalky film on my teeth which I hated and it made my stomach feel weird.

This was the recipe I used but didn’t realize that I could eat the greens so I didn’t cook them.

4 bunches radishes, washed & quartered
2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
salt

1 Heat butter in fry pan.
2 Add radishes and salt.
3 Saute until crispy.

And now for something completely different.

So I have to admit that I have never been a jam or jelly person.  I just don’t go in for sweets. Never really have. Give me salty pickles, or chips or crunchy stuff and I am a happy woman. However, with the nesting phase of my pregnancy in full tilt I must say that I am a but dumbfounded by my want for learning all about making jam and jelly.

I decided to go with one of the stranger jam recipes that i found and I will be damned if it wasn’t great. I just had my first piece of toast and jam in probably 15 years. Banana Nut Bread Jam. With is delicious sweetness and small bits of walnuts and spice, it makes for a wonderful compliment to any bread. It could also go in the center of a tart or cookie. It is the quickest jam ever. It took about a half of an hour total to make (closer to 45 min with prep and baby stuff.) However, it is soooo good and makes quite a bit of jam.

Here is the recipe. Let me know what you think of it.

  • 10 ripe bananas, pureed(need 3 cups)
  • 1 Tb. lemon juice
  • 4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. toasted walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1 box pectin, Sure- Jell
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Dash of Clove
  • Mix bananas, walnuts, lemon juice, spices, and powdered pectin in a large sauce pan. I ended up using the biggest one I had because of how much it made. Stir while bringing to a full boil. All at once add the two sugars. Stirring continuously, heat until full boiling boil or until it begins to really set. Continue to heat 1 minute. Fill jars to 1/4 inch of top seat with 2 – part lid and ring. Boiling water bath for 10 minutes. makes 8 half pint jars or 4 pint jars of jam.