Saturday 11th May 2013

by mwfblog

May 5th
This is that wonderful time of year filled with, as Vineyard Gazette editor Henry Beetle Hough said, “the excitement of anticipation”. We drove out to open up the cottage! A turn of the key, a heavy push to the door, and then we’re welcomed  by the familiar sights and smells that make this simple place so special.  After we walked through every room, opening the windows as we went to let in that sweet spring air, we headed outside to walk the property to see the latest developments with the bay waters and the breach.  Afterwards,  I then checked the mailbox and found a nice surprise-a letter posted October 27, 2012, the weekend I left for the season.  Edo Potter, the island elder who has lived on Chappy since childhood, had sent me the recipe I’d been asking about for Sally Jeffer’s Spoon Pudding. Anyone who knew Sally raved about this dessert, but I couldn’t find a written account of it anywhere.  I wanted to share Sally’s bread pudding in “Living Off the Sea”, but since I didn’t have the actual recipe I included an Indian Pudding recipe of my mother’s. The ingredients are similar but my mother’s has the additional ingredients of molasses and spices.

So here at long last is Sally Jeffer’s Spoon Bread Pudding!


1/2 cup corn meal
1/2 tsp salt
2 tblsp butter or oleo
2 eggs
Heat oven to 375
grease a 1 quart casserole dish
in a medium saucepan combine cornmeal, salt and milk.
heat until boiling, stirring constantly
remove from heat and stir in oleo
add eggs one at a time, beating by hand after each addition
pour batter into prepared dish
bake uncovered at 375 for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown
Serve hot, spooned from casserole
top with additional oleo or butter



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One Response to “Opening Up”

  1. terry says:

    Melinda, What a lovely blog. I looked through all your posts and chose this as my favoirte to comment on. I loved your description of opening up your summer home. Felt like i was there with you taking in the sunlight and smelling the sea through the windows. Also loved your choice of photo for this post. What a wonderful find when you arrived. I imagine you there now basking in all the glories of that little piece of earth. Best wishes to you and all your family.

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