Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day with Zoya's Apple

Hi guys, hope you are all enjoying your weekend! I've got my green on for St. Patrick's Day, with Zoya's Apple, a pretty grass green with lots of golden yellow sparkles. It's super metallic and eye catching, especially in sunlight! It starts out quite sheer but looks great with two coats, or go for three if you want no visible nail line. I suppose it would have been fitting to photograph Apple next to some actual green apples, but I picked up some lemons and limes at the grocery store this morning, so lemons and limes it is! Also got some Irish soda bread (recipe below) to go with a traditional Irish dinner of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes.  

In indoor lighting above and below

Irish Soda Bread recipe 

I like it best warm out of the oven with some butter! You can substitute raisins for the currants.


4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for currants
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk, shaken
1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 cup dried currants


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. 
  • Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour. 
  • With a fork, lightly beat the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest together in a measuring cup. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Combine the currants with 1 tablespoon of flour and mix into the dough. It will be very wet. 
  • Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and knead it a few times into a round loaf. Place the loaf on the prepared sheet pan and lightly cut an X into the top of the bread with a serrated knife. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. When you tap the loaf, it will have a hollow sound. 
  • Cool on a baking rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.


  1. I saw that recipe today! I was tempted to try it, but then I went and made lemon bars instead, haha. We are also having the traditional Irish meal - corned beef and cabbage, though I requested fry-style potatoes instead of the boiled kind (I am not a fan of boiled potatoes).

    P.S. I love your earrings! So pretty!

  2. Hi Larie, Thank you!! :) the lemon bars sound yummy! I agree, fried potatoes are definitely tastier than boiled ones! :)

  3. I had guinness and beef casserole - yum! I am wearing Isa Dora mint green and Deborah Lipmann mermaid's dream as an accent nail.

    1. Hi baby in a corner, Ooh guinness & beef casserole sounds great! I ordered Lippmann's Mermaid's Dream and am looking forward to receiving it. Love mint green at this time of year :)

  4. Beautiful polish and I love how it sits so well between the lemons and limes! I also love your earrings. :)

    1. Hi Liz, Thank you! These colors remind me of 7-Up :) It was fun wearing it for a day, but I took it off last night because I can't do green for too long at a time!

  5. What a pretty green, I really like your earrings as well, I'd not be able to wear ones like that though as I know my little boy would be too tempted to yank them out! ;)

  6. Hi Replica, thank you! I know what you mean - I remember when my nephews were little - they loved to grab anything and everything :) Now they are teenagers! Where did the time go?! :)


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