Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sunday Dinner: The Damascus Feast Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake

Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake
I just read The River Witch by Kimberly Brock. It is a wonderful story about Roslyn Byrne, who has ran away to a remote island to try to heal her wounded body, mind, and heart. She meets Damascus, a wise and precocious motherless child, whose father provides the necessities but little else. Damascus is on a mission. She has planted some pumpkin seeds her late mother has left along with instructions for how to plant and care for them, but it is also a method of giving guidance to this child about life.

Damascus decides that the best way to bring her family together is through a meal together. Roslyn dubs it the Damascus feast. They have mounds of pumpkin that they have made into pies, cakes, and anything you can put pumpkin in. Word has even spread over to the mainland about the giant pumpkin Damascus has grown on the haunted farm.

Roslyn calls her mother, who tells her how to make a roast. Roslyn is surprised that it could be so easy, but she has spent her adult life on the ballet stage not in the kitchen. Just as the dinner is almost done, Damascus remembers that they did not buy any bread. She screams, pleads, and demands that Roslyn go to the little island store and buy as many packages of Brown and Serve rolls as she can. The men in the family sure do like those rolls.
Our Damascus Feast
So in honor of Damascus and The River Witch, here is our Damascus feast. I also made the Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake featured on Kimberly Brock's web site. I hope you'll give it a try. It is really easy to make and delicious. As usual some family members snubbed it (they don't like anything with any kind of fruit in it). But for those of us who tried it, we loved it and I was told to definitely make it again.

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