Tuesday, April 18, 2017


My friend M. loaned me a book last Saturday, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.  It's one of those that you can't put down.  So I finished it yesterday.  I highly recommend it!  It's about a recently retired man who is at loose ends.  Although he and his wife still live in the same house, they are effectively estranged.  He is also estranged from their son, an only child.  There are hints of past tragedy.

Harold receives a letter from a colleague with whom he worked whom he had not be in contact with for the last 20 years.  It was brief and stated that she wanted him to know that she was in the last stages of an inoperable cancer and was in a hospice.  He wrote a reply and when he went to mail it the next morning he somehow kept on walking, past several post boxes and out of town.  It was the beginning of a walk of over 600 miles, begun without thought or preparation, or even a goodbye.

Now, how can a book that begins like that be interesting?  Well, it's about character development.  This is one of the best books I've read lately.  I read three or four books a week, and this is one that I am enthusiastic about.  If you like to read books about people and their relationships, you don't want to miss this book!

Now, a new recipe.  This was given to me, also by M., as "Harvest Loaf."  I've changed it somewhat and now it's "Pumpkin Muffins."

Mix together:
1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
2 eggs
3 TBS canola oil
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup cut up dates or raisins

In a separate container mix together:
1 1/2 cups white flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until all is moist.  If the mix is too wet, add some whole wheat flour.

Spoon into muffin cups (parchment preferred) and bake in a 350º oven for 25 minutes.
Cool and store in an airtight container.  Can be frozen.

These are very nice just plain, heated, but also go very well, split, with a bit of cream cheese spread.

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