Sunday, 27 February 2011

Another win, a recipe with no name!! and 100 plus followers.

Over 100 followers of my blog, I am amazed and delighted....... I thought this could take some time to happen, if ever it did.  I had also planned another giveaway when or if it happened and have therefore been caught unawares, as all my little gifts are in France. On my return there at the end of next month, I will try to put this straight, so watch this space......

It was with great delight that earlier this week I received my Valentine’s giveaway from quaypocooks. This is the second gift that has so far arrived; one more to go!!   For those of you who said that I ought to get a lottery ticket, the way my luck was running - I did and I am still waiting for the call!!

Please take a look at quaypocooks blog; it has some amazing recipes on it, many with an oriental flavour. The gift was beautiful homemade jewellery -  a bracelet and two pairs of earrings. Only the other day, I was trying to find earrings with pink in them and guess what; not only were there pink earrings, but a beautiful pink bracelet as well in this package, not of course forgetting the blue earrings as an extra. Thank you so much for this delightful gift, it is really appreciated.

This morning, as I did not feel like going out in the rain to the shops for bread or rolls, I thought that I would make some soda bread for lunch to go with the pate and cheese. Having turned up many recipes, I realised that I did not have the correct ingredients for any of them, and as I had no yeast I could not make ordinary bread! I eventually made up this recipe as I went along. The end result was not quite what I expected; it was more cake  than bread, but it went very well with the cheese and the pate, so I thought that I would publish it here anyway.

No Name Soda Bread/Cake??
3 cups wholemeal flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 slightly heaped teaspoon of baking soda
⅓ cup of white sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg lightly beaten
2 cups crème fraiche
¼ cup melted butter.

Oven temperature (I have a fan oven) 160C (325F)

Mix the first 5 ingredients together, then mix the egg and the crème fraiche into this mixture. I did not mix it a lot. but made sure all the flour from the bottom was blended in. I then added the melted butter, mixed again and spooned it into a dish that I had sprayed with non-stick spray.

I baked it for 1 hour and then checked to make sure that the skewer came out clean; it did! I allowed it to cool slightly then turned it out on to a wire rack to cool. 

As I said previously, it was not quite what I expected, but sliced and buttered, it tasted pretty good and it was just fine for a snack lunch.


It would though be ideal for tea with some yummy home made jam :-)
Click to see enlarged pictures.

I see that Mary has put her recipe on today for Irish Soda Bread so for those who want to do the job properly take a look at her post at One Perfect Bite.

86 comments:

  1. Congratulations on 100 (now it's 102--I thought I was already a follower). I love your English "stories" and am looking forward to more before you return.

    Best,
    bonnie

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  2. Bonnie thanks for becoming number 102 :)Not long now and the French 'stories' will be up and running - I hope! Diane

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  3. Diane,
    Totally amazing - 100 plus followers. Congrats.
    Love your work.
    Leon

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  4. Leon you are right it is amazing, I find it difficult to believe that so many people are interested in what I am up to!!! Diane

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  5. Congrats on 100 Diane... I am not sure if I am a follower... you are on my blog list though since I love the updates on your adventures. That is so cool that you are winning like mad... I never win anything, and said as much and then, out of the blue I won a great pan from 2 Stews... what a shock!
    The bread looks great with all that lovely creamy goodness... bet it is awesome with pate!

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  6. A nosey lot aren't we Diane, Congratulations. The weather here is no better rain and baking here this morning as well!

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  7. lostpastremembered, yes you have been a follower for a long time. I have to say the bread was equally as good today so we finished off the pate! Congratulations on you win – two more to go LOL. Diane

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  8. Lindy it is good to know there are some nosey people around LOL. Our weather is up to maggots and frost will be back tomorrow! Diane

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  9. Wow congratulations on soooooo many followers :-) .. Great when you find out that people love your blog :-) xo

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  10. Thanks Anne it seems like only yesterday I was celebrating 50 followers!!! Keeping fingers crossed for the weather to be good on Friday:) Diane

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  11. Congratulations fro 100 plus followers...
    Your blog is interesting and lovely and today is ..delicious,mmmm !!!
    Have a nice week !
    Greetings

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  12. Thanks Magda hope you have a good week also. Take care Diane

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  13. While I thank you for the link, I think your bread is really lovely. I can imagine how good it must be with pate. Congratulations on your growing readership! Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  14. Ah, now the fun begins! After 100, what's next, you ask, and you hope, and you worry. Funny. At this point in my blog, I was getting to know everyone of my followers intimately, reading everything they wrote, responding eagerly. After 100, you begin to rotate whom you visit, because it is impossible to keep up. You also stop accepting awards, for the same reason.

    The best part, you feel and act established, confident with your point of view and style, looking to write and share more and more.

    Congratulations and best wishes for 100 more.

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  15. Congratulations on having over 100 followers, really well deserved it is too. :-)

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  16. Nice designs Diane, good luck to participants!

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  17. Mary mine was incredibly filling and we still have some left after having it for lunch for two days!! Yours looks very good to me :-) Take care Diane

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  18. These look delicious!! And the earrings are just lovely! Hope you get that call about winning the lottery!
    Ann

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  19. Rosaria I know exactly what you mean I struggle to keep up now!!! You have 3 blogs, I have no idea how you manage to do them all. When I started out I tried to blog each day, they have got further and further apart. I will though try not to do less than 2 a week :-) Thanks for your congratulations. Diane

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  20. Happy Frog and I, thanks, hope all is OK over there. Take care Diane

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  21. The Burritos, your Mother has set up a lovely blog for you thanks for coming to see me. Diane

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  22. chubskulit, I have sent you an email as I think there is a misunderstanding :-) Diane

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  23. Diane, Thanks for recommending my blog. It is greatly appreciated. I am so happy that you love the earrings and the bracelet. Congrats on the 100 followers and many more 100s to come.

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  24. Ann I keep hoping, if we could get that win we could move to France tomorrow :-) Take care. Diane

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  25. Quay Po Cooks it is only a pleasure you have a great blog and I am so happy with my win. You can see how good the bracelet looks on my wrist :-) Diane

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  26. Nice wins, beautiful jewelry. I love that you can just make a recipe happen. I'd end of with a brick instead of bread.

    Titanium appears to be too hard to use for the earvines, on top of being expensive.

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  27. Gaelyn, I can also make bricks LOL. The bracelet is really pretty and looks so nice on. Pity about the titanium! Diane

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  28. Congrats on 100 followers and on your win! That jewelry really is stunning. The bread looks excellent too, I'm glad you shared the recipe with us!

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  29. I've just been thinking about soda bread! My mom mentioned it the other day and you have reminded me. Lovely jewelery she sent to you!

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  30. Looks great!! I'm going to give it a go xxx

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  31. Thanks Faith, the jewellery is very pretty and I love the bracelet. Diane

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  32. Kim Kelly, thank you for your visit, great to meet you. The jewellery was such a nice surprise. Love your blog and your two dogs. DFiane

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  33. Roz I would happily make it again but I think I would plan on it for tea rather than lunch! Diane

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  34. Congratulations on the 100 followers and on the recent wins ;-)

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  35. Joyful thank you, I just wonder where all these people have come from, it is still a surprise to me! Diane

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  36. Congrats for having 103 followers, that's quite an achievement. And also congrats for winning the giveaway!

    Since I'm a new follower (I found you via HappyFrogAndI) I would like to invite you to check out my blog and become a follower.
    http://crazythaughts.blogspot.com/

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  37. Diane - you always make me smile, and what a good cook you are to be able to create a dish with no name that actually turns out delicious !!

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  38. Look here Diane, I just came here after salivating over the chocolate eclairs at Brittany's site. Save me. Looks delish. Just thinking about fresh bread, pate, cheese and grapes with a great glass of very cold Sancerre. Yum. I'm there. Can't wait to drive around the Dordogne eating, drinking and being tres merry!

    Denise<3

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  39. Congrats on your "blog success" and your recipe looks like something I would try. Some of my favorite dishes are the result of "making do" with the ingredients I had on hand at the time.

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  40. Hi Starlight and thanks for visiting my blog. I have just taken a look at your blog and it looks very interesting. Thanks for your comments. Hope to see you back. Diane

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  41. Jean I think there was a lot of luck to the recipe with no name. It could have turned out anyhow! As Gaelyn said above, she was sure she would have ended up with a brick, I could do that quite easily as well :-)) Diane

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  42. L'Aussie I always leave Brittany's blog hungry her cooking is fantastic. Oh I know how you feel about being back in France, not long for me now I travel over the 26/27 March. Cheese, bread wine and pastis, what a life :) Diane

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  43. Congrats for your 100 followers!
    That is something!
    Your recipe looks fantastic and sooooo yummmmmmy!
    Guess what?
    It is snowing heavily this morning, it is all white in the South!
    Unbelievable!
    My toads must be quite annoyed!! I hope it will not freeze their eggs! Hahaha!!
    Love, Diane, have a great day!

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  44. Thanks Deb and thanks for the visit. It is amazing what one can produce with limited ingredients!!
    Love the photos on your recent post.Diane

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  45. Noushka, SNOW; I thought we were in spring already, hope by the time I arrive it all goes away!!!! Oops, frozen toad eggs - they will have to get busy again :) Keep warm and take care. Diane xx

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  46. i'll have to try that recipe!!!!!!!!!!
    it looks delicious!
    don't worry! in the south of france your magnolia will also bloom!
    love that!!!!!!!!!!!
    happy new week!
    Rosa

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  47. Bravo pour vos 100 inscrits Diane.C'est mérité.
    Et merci pour la recette, le gateau a l'air bien appétissant.Je suis d'accord aussi pour l'accompagner avec un bon thé (anglais) et de la confiture maison!!

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  48. Diane, Congrats on the 1st 100 , there will be more 100 coming soon. You are so lucky to won this lovely gift. Happy blogging!

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  49. Rosa hope you enjoy the recipe made by trial and error!! My magnolia will be a bit later than the south as we are not quite that far down. Happy week to you also. Diane

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  50. Lucie, merci pour vos commentaires. Nous n'aimons pas de thé anglais!! Nous avons boire du thé aux herbes! Diane

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  51. Thanks Sonia for your congratulations.I was lucky to win such a lovely gift. Diane

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  52. This is a very positive post. I think it's time to buy a lottery ticket. Luck seems to be following you. I loved the pictures of your baking. I can almost smell it.

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  53. Diane, you deserve the many followers and readers. It's no wonder, as special a human being as you are and with all your lovely and thoughtful posts'.

    I want to thank you so much for thinking of me in my absence. Seeing that I recieved a message of concern from you made a world of difference to my spirits...which have been tested over the months. I was in and out of the hospital over the past two weeks. That's why it's taken me this long to respond. I'm still quite tired, but I just wanted you to know how much that meant to me. Thank you. =)

    Spring is nearly springing. I'm sure we're all looking forward to that! How are you? Are you planning to return to Charente come spring time? I should be living in Paris some time this September. Until then, I'm doing my best to stay strong and prepare for the baby...who is kicking as I type this. <3

    An abundance of love and light in your direction. I pray only good things surround you.

    --Ree

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  54. Olga now you mention the smell was actually quite good when I baked this :-) Each weekend I think I will win something on the lottery and each weekend passes with nothing!! :-))) Next weekend? Diane

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  55. Ree thank you so much for all you lovely comments, it is very sweet of you. I am so pleased though to know you are well and that the baby is kicking, I was worried as you had been so quiet.
    I return to the Charente 27 March and then I look forward to 15 April when Nigel will be coming over for 3 weeks.
    I am thrilled that you plan on moving to Paris in September. Your baby will grow up speaking fluent French :-) I just wish I could make sensible conversation!!!
    Take care and look after yourself and the baby. Hugs Diane.

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  56. Mmmm... looks good.
    Lovely jewellery.
    Hug Stina

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  57. You were looking for pink you received pink - you are doing something right.

    If you could only bottle the smell of baking bread...

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  58. Are you kidding me, Diane! Another win! Gosh, unbelieveable! I'm so jealous here. haha.... just blaughing. Congratulations, anyway. The gifts loos fantastic. And so is your bread. Have a wonderful day.
    Blessings, Kristy

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  59. Kirsty I have no idea where all the luck suddenly came from but I am delighted that it did! Take care Diane

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  60. Congrats on over 100 followers! The earrings and bracelet are beautiful!

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  61. Wonderful and as we say in Lebanese " may God increase them in number!"
    Love that bread, think the crème must make it nice and moist!

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  62. Lovely blog and you can count another one as your follower..will be here again..it is worth coming back..

    Love
    Deepa

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  63. Congratulations on 100. That's wonderful. What lovely earrings and it's lunch time and I would love to have a couple of slices of that bread to make a sandwich.
    Sam

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  64. Thanks Peggy, yes they are lovely, the bracelet is particularly pretty on. Diane

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  65. Taste of Beirut, I made that bread/cake on Saturday and there was a small piece left after the weekend which I wrapped in foil. I had a slice today and it was still perfect so I was quite impressed! Diane

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  66. Stina thanks for your comment. I love the jewellery as well :-)Diane

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  67. Mya you are so right, it would be lovely if you could bottle the smell of baking bread, think I would also love the smell of freshly ground coffee even though I am not a coffee drinker (or not much). Diane

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  68. Deepa thanks so much for visiting. I am now glad to have found your blog and I am now following you as well. Diane

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  69. Thanks Sam for the comments, I will definitely make that bread/cake again, especially as I have discovered it keeps well wrapped in foil :-) Diane

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  70. Hi Diane!
    I guess the male toad is smaller like in many other species of animals because he is not carrying eggs! All he needs to do is to cover them with his sperm as the female lays them!
    And as you will soon see, she ca lay many at a time!!
    I hope it answers your question!
    Take care!

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  71. Thanks Noushka guess that makes sense. The woman always have the work to-do LOL. Diane

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  72. Congrats on your 100! You have a great blog to be proud of, always interesting and informative. Love that bread and your earrings too. Very nice!

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  73. Look at you go girl. You are one winning gal. I'd keep the phone nearby. Congrats on the jewelry. So nice. I love mine by the way that you sent me. When will you be heading back to France?

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  74. Thanks Pam for the lovely comments, the earrings and the bracelet are so pretty. Diane

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  75. Hi Becca I have emailed you with the info so will not repeat it all again here :-) Diane

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  76. Dear Diane, COngratulations for those 100 followers and the beautiful gifts you got, they are lovely. ANd so is your soda bread, I will follow your recipe, though I might lighten it with some common flour. ¿dare with my "chili jam? Maybe too hot for tea time.:)

    And thanks for your advice on the browsers, actually, Firefox is working much better than the one I used before, it takes some time to get used to it, but it works! Big hugs

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  77. Thanks for your comments on my blog.

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  78. "Apart from your answer, I think the females need to be big and tough to fend of so many suitors!!! LOL"
    Well there you go!!
    You found yourself part of the answer to your question!! LOL!!!
    Have a great day!!

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  79. Pamela I am sure it would be great with chilli jam, which reminds me that I must try it with mine. Not much jam left though it has been very popular in this house :)

    Glad you found a browser that works for you, I still bnounce around from one to the other depending on which works best on a particular day!!! Take care. Diane

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  80. Noushka I am fascinated by those toads :) Nearly the weekend - enjoy. Diane

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  81. That looks like a tasty bread..I like to cook too..not a good gardener..husband is the gardener..but I do the jelly making/freezing veggies..so we do okay together.

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  82. What beautiful jewellery that is Diane, congrats on winning and congrats on your 100+ followers. You must be so very excited and counting the days now until you return to your beloved France.

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  83. Carolyn as Nigel is only in France for such a short time with only his leave, I have no choice but to do everything. We hope that he will be able to retire very soon but even then I will probably still carry on with the garden as he has a problem with his feet and hands. Take care Diane

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  84. Dolly I have now got to counting the hours rather than the days, they go quicker LOL. Diane

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