I was frightened of you before I knew you Strangers, in foreign lands But you gathered round We sang our songs About cars and lipsticks We drank coffee, had lunch Got friendly Our world just got smaller. Making Cecilia’s Irish Bread by Adrienne Parks A traditional girl of Irish heritage, herself a bread of Guinness Stout, likes her loaf with a golden crust from baking soda, buttermilk, and salt, Instructions: bread flour, water, baking soda. A bowl. Ingredients. Mix well. Lift the edges of the soft dough out, expertly sliding under Cecelia's sweet center out, If necessary, dust gently. If not, proceed. After the first rise is full, complete, help it down by folding it over and back on itself. Repeat. Sometimes soda alone elevates the dough, sometimes it needs help. Perhaps a hint of barley brown or honey to increase the tamp. Add tiny currants or raisins to taste. Introduce a dash more, whatever there is needed, be creative, be not shy when working with Cecilia’s dough. Never too much salt. Too sweet? Covered, uncovered, warm, draft-free, leave fingers close by the second coming. Never long, springs back. Firm dry palms kneaded. Soft, beguiling, supple, breathing. Cecilia’s bread is always sighing to what surely must be the second coming, the basic rustic, artisan nutrients of love. Enjoy thoroughly. Too sweet?