Soooooo, in a blatant attempt to join the ranks of the Bread Baking Babes I dove in and tried this month's recipe for Soda Bread with Herbs. It is fantastic though I did play with the recipe slightly. I used half whole wheat flour and added about 3/4 of a cup of shredded asiago cheese. I put in about a 3 tablespoons of mixed fresh herbs but not having rosemary I subsituted dill, thyme and oregano. Those herbs don't have the pungent flavour of rosemary and the herby flavour was too light for me.
Boy, this bread had a lovely dense chewy texture and I am adding this recipe to my collection of "keepers"! Making yeast bread has always been a meditative act for me, kneading the dough released my tension of the day and slowed my mind down. This was a different experience, the time from start to finish was under an hour but the aroma of baking bread and sense of accomplishment as I cut that first, steaming slice were the therapy I needed today. I started and finished a project - something I have not been doing lately.
Thanks Susan for providing the nudge I needed to get back into life with both feet! :-)