Friday, March 16, 2012

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society...

On this past Monday, my evening was filled with another gathering. This time, it was my Windsor Book Club meeting.

What did you think, when you read the title of today's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry?  Was it shocking to you?

It's not every day when you read a title, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society...  However, it isn't just the title of today's LwL entry, it is also the title of the book we discussed at our Windsor Book Club, meeting!  This is a novel, written by authors Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

Certainly, before I read this book, I was hesitant to even request a copy at the library.

It wasn't just the title that kind of threw me off.  When I heard that it was a book written in the format of a volume of letters, I could feel my insides groaning.  My mind thought, 'yuch'!

However, even if a book is not my cuppa tea, I always locate it, open it, and read it, right through to the very end.

Reading to the very end, was not a problem for me, with this book.  To my delight, I found it an easy read.  And, an adorable storyline.

Some people agreed with me; others did not.  Isn't this just the way it goes when you have a group of about 18 people together?!

In any case, it was a great meeting.  At least, until the end. 

Before I write what I intend to say, please realize this is NOT a Christian group, although there is at least one (1) fellow Christian in our group.

We were asked which character we liked the best.  I replied with my choice, because I felt that even though the book didn't say whether or not the person was Christian, they seemed to have Christian values.  Fruit of the Spirit.

This opened a can of worms.  That's all I will say about it!  Other than to say that quite a bit of discussion happened regarding WW2, as well as current war problems.  Intensive reflections, to say the least.


The good news is that before departing it seemed everything had smoothed itself over, and people agreed to disagree with regards to viewpoints.  Praise God!  Thank You, Jesus!

Well, for those who would like to have a copy of the recipe for Potato Peel Pie, feel free to click on this LINK; for those who cannot open links, here it is:

Potato Peel Pie Recipe:

Here’s a recipe for a potato peel pie, but I warn you, it tastes like paste. The more authentic it is, the nastier. These ingredients will make a very small pie (expand at will):

1 potato
1 beet
1 Tablespoon milk

Peel the potato and put the peelings in a pie pan. Don’t cook the peels, because you’re in the middle of an Occupation and you don’t have any fuel. Boil the potato and the beet together in salty water, but not for very long, due to the fuel problem. Just until you can stick a fork in the potato. Take them out and mash them up with the milk. Pour the glop in the pie pan.
Bake at 375 for as short a time as is consonant with digestion (fuel again), say, fifteen minutes.
The finished product will look quite attractive and pink. If you squint, you can almost imagine raspberries. Don’t be fooled. It looks a lot better than it is. However, if you forgot that you were in the middle of WWII and added a bunch of butter and milk and salt, it could be quite tasty.


Please... don't think that I am encouraging anyone to use this recipe for a meal.  I have not utilized it and certainly cannot endorse it.  The purpose in posting it is mainly to show you that it truly exists, even if the book itself is fiction.

Of course, if any of you decide to make this dish, please feel free to e-mail me and let me know how it works out!  :)

Until next time...

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