Someone asked about my soda bread .
“Rob, you must be holding out on us,” he said. “Your recipe isn’t that much different than all of the others. How is it that the judges at the Irish Soda Bread Competition always seem to enjoy yours?”
I looked around and lowered my voice.
“Well, truth be told, there is a secret ingredient. I’ll tell you — but please don’t share this with anyone.”
He sat up and paid attention.
“Here’s the thing: take a big handful of Lucky Charms and put them in your food processor. Pulse them until they’re reduced to a fine powder. Then sift that in with your dry ingredients, and I think you’ll see a big difference.”
“Lucky Charms. Your soda bread will be… magically delicious.”
He thanked me and shook my hand, and somewhere this morning there are people eating soda bread with a curiously different flavor. A certain tang that they can’t put their finger on, but one that seems seems oddly familiar.