Thursday, July 15, 2010
Little Bee by Chris Cleave is a wonderful novel about two women, Little Bee and Sarah O'Hara, from different worlds, who in the worst circumstances imaginable find a way help each other. These cupcakes, like the book cover for Little Bee, are cute, but let me be clear - the book is not cutesy in anyway - it is truly heart wrenching throughout. The title character, Little Bee, is a teenage Nigerian refugee, who, at the novel's start, finds herself in a stark British immigration detention center. Little Bee is not her real name, but a name she created as she fled her country. She is a refugee, has been through hellish, traumatic experiences and lost her family, but her immense strength enables her to be kind and loving to Sarah and her child. I made these honey sweetened cupcakes with honey buttercream for Little Bee.
Posted by Wendy at 4:25 PM
Monday, July 5, 2010
I am a big fan of Richard Russo. His latest book, That Old Cape Magic, is the story of a middle age professor of screenwriting whose marriage is falling apart. That professor, Jack Griffin, spends much of the book reflecting on his parents and their marriage, which ended in divorce. The book begins as Griffin is traveling to Cape Code for the wedding of one of his daughters friends. Although his parents, both professors, taught at a university in the Midwest, they family spent their summers on Cape Cod, and that is where his parents were most happy. I decided to make a Cape Cod inspired recipe and came up with these simple Stuffed Quahogs (clams), a classic Cape Cod appetizer and perfect for the summer. Enjoy.
Posted by Wendy at 7:17 PM