Wild Mountain Thyme

This one came together better than I expected. It’s a cover of an old Irish (with even older Scottish origins) folk song called “Wild Mountain Thyme”.

My guitar part was already tracked when I thought about trying to add something else. Then I found a D whistle hiding in a drawer. I can’t even remember why I have it, or where it came from, but I’ve held on to it for years. Maybe for this very moment. 😉

One problem though — I’d recorded the guitars in Eb.

Fortunately, D is only a half-step down, so no major impact vocally. I recorded the guitar parts again in D, one with capo and one without.

It took quite a few takes to get the whistle sounding how I liked it, but I love how it turned out, especially when I added a little bit of reverb.

I have a few more Irish songs planned now, and I hope they are all in D.

How To Make Irish Soda Farls

This is a favorite weekend recipe for us, as it’s quick and easy to make. Irish Soda Farls are a tasty and filling breakfast bread (or anytime snack!).

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 cup of buttermilk

Method

Put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl.

I use a fork initially to bring all the ingredients together.

Then by hand, knead the mixture into a dough.

Flatten out the dough by hand into a pancake shape, about 1/2 inch thick. Any thicker and it can be hard to ensure it cooks through.

Cut the dough into four triangles and place on a heated skillet (medium to low heat).

Once they’re ready, let them cool on a rack for a while. To serve, slice open and eat with fruit jam, or cheese. I like to toast them before applying some butter.