I am in one of those foul moods where I hate everything… Haha, pleasant I know. Our flat hasn’t had hot water for days, I can’t be bothered to work and all I want to do is read about cooking, cook, eat and possibly watch an episode of Game of Thrones at a push. I am never normally like this.. but when I get in a mood like this I seeth and while I politely chat away to people below the surface I am screaming GO AWAY. Ever had one of those days?
I think it’s the hot water thing… I feel like a greasy stinky person. I probably am at this point.
Anyway, foul mood aside, I made soda bread for the first time yesterday and I must say, it’s bloody amazing! I love baking bread.. but I always get this feeling of fear at how long it will take for the yeast to rise etc. But with soda bread, you don’t even use yeast… which is the beauty of it all. I added honey and butter milk and this made it so lovely and moist! It takes about 10 minutes to make and 20 minutes to bake. Then I just fried some minute steaks with salt and gorgonzola on top, made some tomato relish (a la Trisha) and added some rocket. In fact I think it took about 40 minutes to make a delicious meal… all homemade – bar the cheese!
Here’s the recipe for the soda bread:
300g wholemeal flour
300g plain white flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp honey
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Mix together the flours, salt and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl.
2. Make a small hole in the centre of the dry mix, pour in the honey, buttermilk and milk, then stir until incorporated. Use your hands to bring it all together to form a smooth, wet dough.
3. With floured hands, shape into 12 rolls and put on a greased baking sheet, so the rolls are almost touching. Brush each with a little milk, , and bake for 20 minutes until risen and golden brown.
Warm Tomato Relish:
5 medium, ripe tomatoes1 small onion3 garlic cloves2 tbsp. white vinegar
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of sugar
1 pinch black pepper
a dash of olive oil
- Place a thick based pot on the stove, add in olive oil and onions and fry at a medium high heat until the onions (cut into small pieces) begin to caramelize and go golden in colour
- Add in the garlic – either pounded or cut into small pieces
- Cut up the tomatoes (the juicier the better) and add to the mix – place on medium low heat and allow to simmer
- Add in the salt, pepper, sugar and vinegar and mix thoroughly
- If you like a bit of spice – add 1 crushed dry chilli
How to put the sandwich together?
I used minute steaks – if you add a tiny bit of oil to a pan the key is to have the pan REALLY hot before you put the steak on and flip it after about 10-15 seconds. This seals the steak and keeps it juicy. These steaks really don’t need long even if you like them well done! 20 seconds MAXIMUM on each side in a hot pan. I normally add a pinch of salt to the oil itself so that the steak gets a good healthy coating of salt. Then just add a slice of gorgonzola on top of the steak for the final 10 seconds, so it melts a little bit. Cut the steak into strips.Butter the bread OR use the tomato relish as a spread and add the strips of steak on top with gorgonzola. Wash the rocket and add it in. I also fried some onions until they were soft to add on. Add the final addition, for those of you who just CANT get enough of chilli – add some tabasco or west indian pepper sauce.
I feel so much better after writing this… cooking and blogging really is a miracle worker!
Have a lovely day – and I can’t stress HOW easy soda rolls are…. any novice baker should start with them to help their confidence!