Things to do in and around North Salem this weekend
This Saturday marks the first day of spring, a welcome relief after a long winter. Spring has always represented a time of renewal, and this year especially it feels as though folks are feeling particularly eager to reemerge and reengage with the world. If you’re looking for a few fun and unique things to do with your family and/or friends this weekend, we’ve got you covered.
Test your smarts
Make homemade Irish Soda Bread
Were you too busy this week to have a proper St. Patrick's Day celebration? Make your own Irish Soda Bread at home with a tried-and-true recipe from North Salem resident Jen Logan. The inclusion of eggs and sugar make it more cake-like. Go ahead and make it for breakfast; it’s the weekend, there are no rules. Scroll down for the recipe.
Celebrate Women's History Month with a Frida Kahlo documentary film
This cinematic documentary film celebrates Frida Kahlo, the revolutionary pioneering artist of contemporary feminism. Tickets are $10 each; multiple times are available through the weekend.
Click here for info and tickets.
Image courtesy of Ridgefield Playhouse
Look for signs of spring at Mountain Lakes
Soak up the spring sunshine and milder temps with a morning walk through the thousand-acre Mountain Lakes Park, Westchester's northernmost county park. Bailey Mountain, located inside the park, is the highest elevation in the county. The 3-mile loop trail around the mountain is good for most skill levels.
Howl with the wolves from the Wolf Conservation Center
Take a virtual field trip to the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem. Attendees will learn about wolves’ history and biology in North America and will meet the WCC’s three ambassador gray wolves with a WCC representative’s help. The event, which will take place from 4-5PM, is co-sponsored with the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library and the North Salem Open Land Foundation. Registration is required.
Jen Logan's Irish Soda Bread
(adapted from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook)
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 2 Tbsp caraway seeds
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, sliced small
- 1 large egg
- 1 ½ cups buttermilk (*if you don’t have buttermilk on hand, mix just under 1 ½ cups 2% or whole milk with 1 ½ Tbsp lemon juice and let sit for 5 minutes before adding.
For egg wash:
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 Tbsp heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350. Using a large bowl or mixer, whisk to combine flour, sugar, caraway seeds, baking powder and salt.
Add butter little by little and mix until crumbs form. Add the raisins.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the large egg, buttermilk and baking soda. Pour into the flour mixture until the dough forms, being careful not to over mix. Shape dough into a round loaf and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, beat the egg yolk with the heavy cream and brush over the entire loaf. Cut a cross into the top of the loaf. Bake until golden for about 1 hour, checking at 50 minutes for doneness by inserting a small knife into the top of the loaf. When the knife comes out clean, the bread is done. Let cool completely before eating. Serve with Kerrygold Irish butter. Enjoy!