Before yesterday, the only other book launches I’ve been to have been in Dublin, there have been opportunities to go to others but they proved just a bit too far away on a school night. I always bring the girl with me, she likes meeting cookbook authors, getting books signed, posing for photographs and having a day off school. So she was thrilled last week when I told her we’d be going to the launch of Apron Strings by Nessa Robins. I told her she’d have to do her homework AS SOON as she came in from school, there’d be no time for messing about. She looked at me, somewhat puzzled, and said, “But I won’t have homework because I’m not going to school.”
I couldn’t figure out why she thought she wasn’t going to school, “We’re going to the book launch aren’t we?” she said.
I said to her, “You know it’s at 6pm don’t you? ”
“And that it’s only in Moate?” (i.e. the same county as us)
She was awful disappointed, she thought she was getting a day off school and some shopping time in
Penneys Dublin. Until I told her there would be cake. We’re quite partial to a bit of cake…
Well, I can confirm, she wasn’t disappointed. We decided there and then that we wanted to bring Nessa home with us so she could bake for us. We spent a lovely couple of hours chatting with fellow food bloggers, scoffing cakes and drinking tea before heading home armed with a copy of Apron Strings (which I will tell you all about in a future post because I haven’t read it properly yet – but I can confirm that there has been much drooling over pictures!) Below is a small selection of pictures from last night:
The boy was not impressed that our other signed cookbooks haven’t had his name on so I asked Nessa to sign the book to me and him (our names obviously ..) he was delighted with it this morning!
Here’s the goodies table just before we left:
Wild Garlic Soda Bread
As mentioned here, I’ve been absolutely DYING to make a Wild Garlic Soda bread. It went down so well with the family that I was just sorry that I had only baked one, it disappeared so quickly! It’s adapted from the Basic White Soda Bread recipe from The Ballymaloe Cookbook by Myrtle Allen.
4-5 wild garlic leaves finely chopped
450g plain flour
1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
Preheat the oven to 230c.
Finely chop the Wild Garlic leaves.
Sift the dry ingredients together and mix in the leaves.
Make a well in the centre.
Pour in the milk gradually and mix together making sure the mixture isn’t too dry.
Turn out onto a floured board, knead lightly for a few minutes. Shape into a round shape and place on a flat baking tray or in a greased loaf tin if you prefer. I find that in my house there are less arguments over who has the biggest slice of bread if I bake it in a loaf tin!
Cut a cross into the bread if it’s a round or a line if in a loaf tin.
Bake in the oven for 30-45 minutes.
To test, tap the bottom of the bread, it will sound hollow if it’s done.
Turn onto a wire rack to cool (wrap in a clean tea towel first if you want a softer crust).