Sunday, March 12, 2006

Here Endeth The Drought___

If you live in the Valley of the Sun in the Sonoran Desert you heard the wonderful sweet lullaby sound of rain early Saturday morning.

Not a big event in many places, but when you've not heard that sound since October 19, 2005, it was cause for celebration. The official Sky Harbor Airport reading was 1.4 inches. Where we live it was a gracious 2.4 inches. The parched earth just soaked it up like a sponge and you could almost hear the trees sigh with relief.

A friend who abandoned city life and moved away from civilization said it was so dry that even the cactus were perishing. No more of her delicious Prickly Pear fruit jelly.

Our wonderful Irish neighbor, K, was in her baking mood--preparing for St. Patrick's Day. She called & said to come take possesion of our annual loaf of warm Irish Soda Bread. I hurried over for a visit with K & her sweet puppy and took my prized loaf home. Soda bread is so named because it was originally devised as a bread that could be made without yeast. K is an excellent baker and is very generous with the raisins. We started eating ours last evening. We used it as the base for our dessert of strawberry shortcake with whipping cream. Delicious. There are lots of recipes out there for this wonderful bread. Try it, you will like it! Wonderful warm with butter & honey or jam. Can't do better than that on a rainy day--dessert in the desert!


Blogger Paz said...

Beautiful shots! I'm glad you got some rain.

The soda bread looks very delicious, especially the raisins. I'd love to have a bite. ;-)

Have a good week!


13 March, 2006 08:47  
Blogger eatzycath said...

wow, living in Singapore, I can't imagine more than 4 months without rain - so glad it poured on you over the weekend :)

and the soda bread looks very good!

14 March, 2006 07:50  
Blogger MonkeyBites said...

Those pictures look beautiful! Seattle has it's fair share of rain, but I can only imagine....

15 March, 2006 11:03  
Anonymous Tania said...

I'm sorry to hear you've had such a long drought; yay for the rain!

I've never tried Irish soda bread, but it really looks good. Do you have a favourite recipe you could share?

15 March, 2006 19:45  
Blogger HappySlob said...

:) This post of yours was so beautiful. I'm a rare rain lover, and I always feel happier and more creative when it's raining. And, of course I also want to bake more - and this soda bread looks perfect for a cool, rainy day.

Thanks for this blog - it feels comforting, like a big warm hug.

Take care,

20 April, 2006 15:08  

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