Vegetable breads are my new favorite

This past weekend was another one that flew by faster than a speeding jet. Friday night we watched X-men: Days of Future Past. I have been making fun of that title ever since the movie came to theaters because it sounds ridiculous. Having watched the movie, the name still sounds ridiculous, but at least it makes a bit more sense. A bit. It was a good movie and kept me very entertained. It also included Hugh Jackman so it wasn’t difficult.

Saturday was full of working at my job and then coming home to relax. That was until the football games started erupting on our TV five minutes after I walked in the door. There were so many good games on Saturday night. We were jumping between three games and were stunned by the upsets. Being OSU fans, we were pleasantly surprised by the Michigan State upset. I had been telling customers earlier in the day that I was concerned about the outcome. Michigan State has looked good in every game they’ve played so far. OSU has looked improved with every game they’ve played so far. I’m still shocked OSU won, though I’m not sure MIchigan State was playing with all their heart. Good game nonetheless and it means Buckeye country is in a celebratory mood versus a depressed one. That’s always welcome.

I should interject that while watching the football games, I baked two loaves of parsnip bread. Yes, you are reading that correctly, parsnip bread. It is a recipe from the Irish Country Cooking cookbook.

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Book cover from Amazon.com

While blowing through the library one day months ago, I picked up the cookbook because I was curious about what Irish country cooking looks like. Well, it looks similar to some familiar dishes we Americans know well, but the food tastes extra delicious. The parsnip bread is a bit like zucchini bread, but the recipe author suggested covering it with apricot jam and a walnut cream cheese icing. I want to kiss the person who decided to adorn the bread with that combination. The first loaf was devoured in less than 8 hours. The second, well, is not long for this world. For dinner Friday night, I tried the Broccoli, Cherry Tomato and cheese tart recipe. After dinner, there was nothing left in the pie pan except a few crust crumbs. You could say it was a hit.

I’ve tried a total of three recipes in the cookbook. It’s a tricky cookbook in that the recipes’ measurements are often in grams or ounces. I’m mathematically illiterate and I’ve been able to make due. It’s not for beginners, but if you cook often, you’ll be able to guesstimate the conversions.

Side note: I love that guesstimate is a word. I’ve loved it since the 4th grade when my teacher told me that guesstimating would help me with math problems. As it turned out, not so much thanks to a heavy dose of dyslexia, but I still like the word.

Sunday was a relaxing day and one that was much needed. I even had time to take a 30 minute nap, which is unheard of and precious. I worked a bit on a painting I’m hoping to put up as a print in the shop soon. We’ll see. I have some ideas for where I’d like it to head, but at the same time, the more I look at it, the more it looks complete. In those circumstances, it’s best to let the painting sit while the aesthetic parts of my brain duke it out for the correct answer. I hope you had a great weekend and are having a great start to the week!

I’m off to go eat another slice of parsnip bread. It’s the new best way to eat my vegetables.



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