Blast! A week has passed already; through my fingers and wafted away. To be fair, Fergal is on holidays so we are being our usual exciting selves, and days are running into each other… running, speeding by, never enough time and every night we sit here wondering “how the heck is it suddenly 1am?”
The past week has been filled with visiting, making dolls, art, Fergal making dyes from vegetables and leaves, and we spent an inordinate amount of time eating. After making -and eating most of- the chocolate chip brioche bread that Helen from The Busy Mamas posted a recipe for last week, I had a yearning to start making more bread again (I go through phases). While we were in Galway, I picked up a book called Bread on The Table (my friend Deb did a great review here) in one of my favourite bookshops, Kennys. I highly recommend buying this beautiful book! The night I came home I made soda farls, they are supremely easy and quick and are now the boys favourite bread.
You simply throw together the ingredients for soda bread (recipe here), takes literally a couple of minutes to have a bowl of bread mixture; flatten it out into a round, approximately 2 inches high. Cut these into wedge like slices, then, in a dry frying or griddle pan, cook these on all sides. While hot, with a delicious crispy crust, cut lengthways and butter generously
My father, who is an extraordinary painter won an art competition recently (this is hilarious, because my parents are, and always were, completely anti-competitions, especially art competitions!!) He generously shared his prize voucher with myself and my sister, so I chose these Derwent Inktense Blocks: brilliantly coloured, watersoluable pastel-like blocks. I’m having great fun experimenting! Today, I did a little demonstration and photographed it in steps. Over the next day or two I’ll put it up here, and after much promising will run a giveaway too… so stay tuned!
Last year I made a little lilac Waldorf Snuggle doll for a very special little lady. Her name was Bluebell. Sadly, Bluebell, always one for an adventure, jumped out of the buggy one day and was nowhere to be found. I made another Bluebell, and, wrapped in a soft rosy flannel, “returned” home… Our own little chublet got her first little Waldorf dolly: Buttercup. Buttercup has a hat full of crinkly cellophane which makes chewing her all the more of a sensory delight!!