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This time of year, we all crave special dishes, the ones laden with memories of holidays past. Here’s one that’s been in my family for generations – Canadian War Cake.
For those who may not have heard of it, “war cake” was one of necessity’s inventions during the First World War. It contained no eggs, milk or white sugar, which made it an acceptable sweet in times of rationing.
I believe my mother got her recipe from my father’s mother. It’s rich and dense, perfect with a cup of tea or egg nog. If you enjoy spice cake of any kind, I think you’ll like this.
2 c. hot water
2 tsp. shortening
1/2 to 3/4 c. raisins
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. salt
3 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. hot water
Carl O’Neill is on the run from the Army and himself. Returned from Europe on recuperative leave, he’d rather die than go back to the trenches. He assumes a dead man’s name and leaves his home and family behind him, only to be dumped off the train in the small prairie town of Mackenzie, Saskatchewan. Seriously ill and stranded, Carl is left with no choice but to confront the demons that drive him.
Naomi Franklin is no stranger to secrets and personal demons. Struggling with her own dark memories, she doesn’t want to close the eyes of another young man whose life has ended far too soon. She’ll nurse the stranger who lands on her father’s doorstep and then send him on his way. Only the shadows behind Carl’s blue eyes touch her heart, and his touch makes the world fade away. When their lives come crashing down around them, can Carl and Naomi overcome secrets and lies to find each other?
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