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April 27, 2020

Thank you to all of you

Talk about a life change. It’s 11:20 on a sunny, beautiful Monday morning and I’ve just gotten out of the bath. It’s far removed from my usual routine where I should be busy at work, either attending a marketing meeting, seeing a supplier or thinking about a pressing issue seated at my desk. Instead, here I am, with the sun high in the sky, with absolutely nothing to do but have a bath, put on my comfy sweats and sit down to type away in search of a little human connection, other than a selfie.

The day started out in an unexpected way too: At dawn, I was stirring jam. That’s right, more papaya jam! Because yesterday, a generous stranger dropped off three of them on my porch. As you can already guess, the fruit’s flesh spent the night in the fridge, and by 8 a.m., it was dancing away on a hot stove. If only each one of you lived close by so I could offer you a taste!    

The current upheaval has put many of us out of work. So what could be more timely than a delicious poor man’s pudding to bring a smile back to our faces. Here is my all-time favourite version, taken from the Guide de la Cuisine Traditionnelle Québécoise:
In a pot, mix 2 cups of brown sugar, 2 knobs of butter, 1½ cups of tap water and a few drop of vanilla extract.
Bring to a boil and remove from the heat.
Transfer syrup to a large oven-proof dish. In a bowl, beat together 2 good-sized knobs of butter, a ½ cup of sugar and an egg.
Add 1 cup of flour, sifted with 2 tsp. of baking powder, alternating with a ½ cup of milk.
Place the dough in the syrup.
Cook in the oven for about 30 minutes at 350°F.
Get ready for the perfect pick-me-up to dispel low spirits!
This dessert is satisfyingly rich but costs very little.

In 1987, way back when we first started out, I would serve helpings of this poor man’s pudding to workers seated at the restaurant’s counter. It was so good, they all wanted to marry me! I should have accepted one of those offers. I wouldn’t be this youthful old lady today with 3 papayas on the porch.

Thank you to all of you, my dear readers, for keeping me company.

My ❤ to you all!