The first sound is never the birds
Neither the coo of the pigeon in the palm
Nor the call of the scrub blackbird
Trash truck sounds first
Diesel motor idle roar
Of tired haulers
(Car alarms activated)
Fresh bread morning whistles
Ice cream tricycle kazoos
Old Marta shouting, “Ta-ma-le-ta-ma-le-ta-ma-le!”
(The first time I listened late and heard ma-le-ta [suitcase] not tamale)
Pounding, drilling, sanding, scraping
Eleven million vying
Relax and respond
Never the first, never the last
Yet always the soothe in the din-
Awareness revealing the bird-song
For the coo of the pigeon in the palm
And the call of the scrub blackbird
. Lima, Peru 2019
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day I offer my mom’s Irish Soda Bread recipe… again. Enjoy!
1t baking powder
1c milk or buttermilk
(This recipe can be easily doubled.)
Form into a ball and let rest 1/2 hour on an oiled baking sheet.
Bake for 45 min. at 350 F.
Rub loaf with butter when finished.
In a bowl mix the dry ingredients:
3c whole wheat flour
Heat in a saucepan (very warm for your finger- not hot!):
2T cooking oil
Pour the liquids into the dry ingredients and mix well.
1c whole wheat flour
4c white flour
Mix and knead. Let rise in oiled bowl until doubled in size (1- 1 1/2 hour)
Punch down and form into 2 loaves. Let rise 1 hour.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
For cinnamon rolls:
After punching down divide in half, roll out into a 12 x 18 rectangle.
Spread one stick of butter and sprinkle mix of cinnamon and sugar (1/2c white sugar, 1/2 c brown sugar, 1T cinnamon).
Roll up and cut into 12 pieces. Place in oiled pan and let rise.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.