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Corn Bread and Tumbleweeds

A family saga with all the usual angst, romance, and conflicts, Leila Meacham’s Tumbleweeds offers an easy fast summer read, despite its 470 pages.  The love triangle of John, Trey (TD) and Cathy rapidly moves from eleven year olds who bond as orphans being raised by assorted grandmothers and elderly 9781455509232_p0_v1_s260x420aunts, to betrayal when they graduate from high school, and finally to separate lives – until they reunite in Texas twenty years later.   A good beach read to rival Thornbirds or Shell Seekers.

Meacham offers a recipe at the end of the book:

Emma’s Hot Water Corn Bread

  • Pour 2 cups of yellow cornmeal into a good-sized mixing bowl.
  • Sprinkle the top with salt.
  • Pour boiling water over the mixture; stir with wooden spoon.
  • Drop by tablespoons into hot oil; fry until brown and crispy; turn over and cook the other side until brown and crispy.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve with molasses or honey.

Not particularly healthy – but tasty.

Guinness Beer Bread

Guinness just doesn’t taste the same outside of Ireland,

but the bread is fast and has that certain something…

  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bottle (12 ounce) Guinness

Mix dry ingredients together.  Add beer and stir until combined.  Add more flour as needed to create a dough ball.  Place bread into a round cake pan lined with foil that has been greased with olive oil.  Brush top with beaten egg.  Bake until brown – about 45 minutes.

Best eaten hot, smothered in butter.