I saw this quote on the website True Activist – and I’ve been thinking about it – trying to work out if it’s really true or not….
For what it’s worth, I think NOT following your heart can also mean losing your mind. So maybe losing your mind a little is underrated. Maybe you have to lose it a little before you really find yourself.
Either way, I think you have to follow your heart. And while I pondered all this, I danced around my kitchen and baked up a batch of soda bread. SO good!
Cinnamon Raisin Soda Bread (adapted from a recipe in Canadian House and Home)
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup buttermilk (I used 1/8 cup vinegar and 7/8 cup of milk – and I also made a dairy-free (vegan) version using almond milk and vinegar – worked perfectly)
Preheat oven to 400 deg F.
Mix together the flours, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir well so that the baking soda and salt are evenly distributed. Add the raisins. Pour in the buttermilk and mix gently.
Turn onto a lightly floured board and roll the dough once or twice to coat in flour. Form into a ball. Slash top with a sharp knife to make an X. Place in a well-buttered Pyrex dish (1 quart should be fine) or on a pie plate. Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until browned and crusty. Cool on a wire rack.
Sun-Dried Tomato, Olive, and Rosemary Soda Bread (pictured below)
Make as above but omit the cinnamon and raisins. Cut the salt to 1/2 tsp. Add 1/4 cup chopped black kalamata olives, 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (the kind in oil) and 2 tsp fresh, chopped rosemary (or 1 tsp dried rosemary).