Friday, December 31, 2010

Since it is winter and snow is all around ...

Since it is winter and snow is all around an old mans thoughts turn to food. Good friend and master story-teller Charles Lytton has learned how to write as well and his first story book (as far as I know) New River: bonnets, apple butter and moonshine is available to folks all over via Amazon. Ann and I bought ours at a local Italian restaurant, but I see them for sale at the bank (likely they are trying to get money from him!) and other places around our small town.

Those that follow our facebook page know that I have been getting up at an early hour and trying to make 'cat headed' biscuits from his book. The first time we were missing three of the ingedients, then we got buttermilk, but forgot cream of tarter. This third try we had all the ingredients and the sun was up. Don't know which contributed more to the success, but they came out really good.

Now, I'll give fair warning to our vegetarian friends, you will not eat anything described in this book, but you may smile along with the omnivors at the stories about life in the era when Charles grew up in rural Southwest Virginia. I have had the privilege of hearing Charles tell stories in person so it is easy to imagine his voice telling the stories, but the reviews I read on Amazon tell me that others have enjoyed them as well.

So, this is a good read, and if you come to our house we will make you some cat headed biscuits and maybe even pass by Charles' house to enjoy a story or two.

Have you heard the one about the boy that lived in the house beside the lake that .....?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

HEY!!!!! Where is the recipe????? Beatrice and i usually post the recipe. So how many cat heads do we need???? Do they have to be fresh or can we use the frozen ones from the Food Lion???? Any certain breed???? We don't have any Asian Stores so Siameese would be hard....
Grenville

OldBikeRider said...

No cats are needed, nor even cat heads. I am reluctant to post the recipe as it is part of a book, not something I made up, which is why I posted the book info in my post. Next time I see the author I'll ask him how he feels about posting it to the three people that read my blog!

Now if you do have some cats in excess of your needs ....

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

OBR, when should we plan a visit to try some? BTW, the author shouldn't mind his recipe being published online cause it may just bring him some sales if folks want to try other recipes. And surely more than 3 folks read your blog...maybe 5 or 6?