Spellbound 2015

July 20, 2015


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Here Come the Sauce Boss!
The Alley – Sanford, Florida
Ace’s – Bradenton, Florida
Eddie’s Attic – Atlanta, Georgia
Fitzgerald’s – Chicago, Illinois
BB’s – St Louis, Missouri

I figured it out. Took me a while…just bumpin along, doin my do, playin my songs, cookin the food, figurin all the while…thinkin, putting stuff together, rollin down the highway. Over a million miles, over 200,000 bowls of gumbo served for free. Over and over. I finally figured it out. This is how to take a tour. After five weeks on the road, I’m feelin better than I did when I left. Couple o’ years ago when I began this Quixotic one man band picaresque, I was not sure I could survive, much less make it work as a solo guy. I am now relaxing into the role. Or “roll”? Or both. Somehow the work and vacation have merged. Totally in the moment of creating music. I love it. Whatever the venue, the crowd was “spellbound”. Here’s how it went down.

A sign from Heaven. You know it's gonna be a good tour when there's a double rainbow over South of the Border!

A sign from Heaven. You know it’s gonna be a good tour when there’s a double rainbow over South of the Border!

The Baltimore Crab and Beer Festival. Properly fed and lubricated good fun.

The Baltimore Crab and Beer Festival. Properly fed and lubricated good fun.

We were proud to attend the Pridefest in DC.  We were all so proud of being what we are. Lots of proud people walking around bein proud.

We were proud to attend the Pridefest in DC. We were all so proud of being what we are. Lots of proud people walking around bein proud.

Had to stop in at Madams Organ to see

Had to stop in at Madams Organ to see “One of the Greats”, Walter Tates! Left to right: Mr Tates, Trumpet player, Bouncer, and bouncee. Walter’s band, One Night Stand, has had the Monday gig at Madam’s for 17 years. They have the funk.

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The best spaghetti I ever had. Franco’s in Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Maria made the spaghetti. She put the love in it. I don't believe I ate the whole thing. Couldn't stop.

Maria made the spaghetti. She put the love in it. I don’t believe I ate the whole thing. Couldn’t stop.

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Robert Parker and his brother Kenny keep Buffalo rockin. Jambushed again.

Then Biscuit Miller and Dr. Love walk in and the cut loose cuts loose.

Then Biscuit Miller and Dr. Love walk in and the cut loose cuts loose.

8000 saw the Sauce Boss at the Rochester Jazz Festival

A crowd of 8000 at the Rochester Jazz Festival

Lot a People to feed.

Lotta People to feed.

They were hungry for the blues and hungry for gumbo.

They were hungry for the blues and hungry for gumbo.

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JP Soars and the Red Hots joined me for an epic set at Balloons. The day before, I sat in with them. Great two day hang with the smoothest guys around.

Warren and Cleveland, Ohio

Up a Creek in Warren, Ohio

With a day off in Pittsburgh, I had to see the Warhol Museum. One of the coolest museums I’ve been to. No photos allowed but I did do a screen test while I was there. Here’s a link: http://warholscreentest.com/v/AWM/Bill_s_Screen_Test-63570837943466

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Playin up side the wall of dogs. That’s me…the dog with the chef hat and gumbo pot. Each dog has been signed by the artist at Moondogs in Pittsburgh. Pretty good company on that wall!

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These guys were diggin it. Cleveland is aways ready for dinner. Wilbert’s!

Day off in Philly. Soakin up some culture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art  for a show of Early Impressionists.

Day off in Philly. Soakin up some culture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a show of Early Impressionists.

Then a concert. Brian Wilson. I came for the Front act. Rodriguez.

Then a concert. Brian Wilson. I came for the Front act: Rodriguez.

The Lizzie Rose Music Room. A Victorian house with the blues.  50 chairs filled with pure listening.

The Lizzie Rose Music Room. A Victorian house with the blues. 50 chairs filled with pure listening.

Beautiful inside and out, this is a great room to spend the evening.

Beautiful inside and out, this is a great room to spend the evening.

Moonpie!  Berried in Black raspberries. 4th of July with Michael and Mary.

Moonpie!
Berried in Black raspberries. 4th of July with Michael and Mary.

The best dessert ever. Black raspberries with mint, rum, Croatian grappa, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Mary made the best dessert ever. Black raspberries with mint, rum, Croatian grappa, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

While in Maine,  eat the seafood. Smoked scallops, mussels, and salmon with some raw cold water oysters. Brown bread. Killin!

While in Maine, eat the seafood. Smoked scallops, mussels, and salmon with some raw, cold water oysters. Brown bread. Killin!

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Doin the Acadia swagger

Doin the Acadia.

Pause in the hike to snack on the wild huckleberries.

Pause in the hike to snack on the wild blueberries.

Delish

Delish

My trusty side kick, my manager, my squeeze, my Sancho.

My trusty side kick, my manager, my squeeze, my Sancho.

Bah Haaabah

Bah Haaabah

When in Maine...eat the seafood. Oysters and lobster. Salad with local goat cheese.

When in Maine…eat the seafood. Oysters and lobster. Salad with local goat cheese. And…a very tasty local blueberry beer.

The Grand in Elsworth, Maine.

The Grand in Ellsworth, Maine.

Mont Tremblant Blues Festival. Last gig on the tour, but certainly not the least. This was my third time playing this festival. It gets better every time. They were ready for me. The real surprise for me on this gig was the rapt attention that everyone gave me. as a matter of fact at all the gigs on this tour , I was greeted with spellbound attention from all the  public in all the places. From a 50 seat listening room to an 8000 strong  street festival, the vibe was filled with reverence for the music and for the sharing of the gumbo.

Tremblant International Blues Festival. Last gig on the tour, but certainly not the least. This was my third time playing this festival. It gets better every time. They were ready for me. Fantastic tour! From a 50 seat listening room to an 8000 strong street festival, the vibe was filled with reverence for the music and for the sharing of the gumbo.

Kickin it in Canada with Ruthie Wharton. She has my back. And my front too.

Kickin it in Canada with Ruthie Wharton. She has my back. (Photo by Barry McIntyre)

Foraging on the highway. If you're ever in Albany, NY, Kinnaree has an amazing jungle curry with fresh black pepper corms. Makes for a good lunch for the long ride home.

Foraging on the highway. If you’re ever in Downtown Albany, NY, Kinnaree has an amazing jungle curry with fresh black pepper corms.

Takin my time. One last stop at the beach to revitalize tired driving muscles. Soak up the minerals. Chill for a few minutes, and then arrive at the house relaxed and super chill.

One last stop at the beach to revitalize tired driving muscles. Soak up the minerals, then it’s home.

Thanks: Greg Nivens and the Trigger Agency, Walter Tates and One night Stand, Fred Danelle and Maria, (yum), Cloud 9 and Franco’s, Robert and Kenny Parker, Biscuit Miller, Dr. Love, Anita West, The Armor Inn Tap Room, Karl Takacs, John Nugent and the Rochester Jazz Festival, Mike Kerns et all at Balloons, JP Soars, Chris Peet, Steve Laudicina, Charles Gasper, Mark Matash and Up a Creek, Nick Conti, Moondog and Billie, Harold “Don’t forget to Boogie” Mursky and Sis. Mike Miller and Wilbert’s, Lou and Marsha Reichert and The Lizzy Rose Music Room, Mary Wharton and Michael Freedman, Loretta and Waylon, Gail Thompson, Kimberly Fitch, and Garrett at The Grand, Fritz Homas at WERU, Barry McIntyre, and Brian Slack and Tremblant International Blues Festival. The crews at all the venues. And also thanks to all who came to listen to my music and have a little dinner.


Chillin Before the Killin

June 3, 2015

Bout to hit it again.

Baltimore, Williamsport, Buffalo, Rochester, Ellicottville, Warren, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Tuckerton, Ellsworth, Mont Tremblant. From Peckerwood to Canada!

IMG_3976Good News! Six months after the projected delivery date, the 100% Pure LPs have finally arrived. In my opinion, the new vinyl sounds even better than the CD. It’s a completely new approach to a one man band, adding a bass rig to the mix of kick, hat, and high energy slide guitar. The sound is pretty LARGE, but the atmosphere and groove are even bigger. You can swim in the mix on this record. 180 grams of Pure Sauce Boss.
Here’s the latest review:

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Hangin out in the Cockpit. Love my kitchen! I’m still a foodie
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Cockpit
Blueberries
are ripe, and sweet, and plentiful In Jefferson County. Glad I’m not missin em. Inspires me to make this.
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My coffee cake with a bunch of blueberries

Oven at 350 degrees

Then sift together:
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup of flax meal
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cup rye flour

In a separate bowl mix:
3 cups blueberries
2 cups walnuts
1 cup applesauce
1/4 cup honey (If you like it real sweet, better use a half…)
Milk (cup or so)

Mix it all together and put in into a greased frying pan. Then apply a heavy dusting of cinnamon, completely covering the top.

Cook for about 40 minutes.
It’s better the next day (if it lasts that long)  as the flavors of the rye and whole wheat are married in the cooling.

Here’s a treasure, I keep in my hipsack.
May 21, 2008, I went for a ride. Meandered to Memphis, where I met the band for three dates on Beale St. Left Memphis Sunday after I attended the services at the Full Gospel Tabernacle with Reverend Al Green  doing the sermon. And the hippest gospel band ever, layin it down!

I’m riding out of Memphis with a huge grin on my face, fortified with the blues and with the gospel communion. I looked over to the west and the biggest, and the blackest, and the scariest cloud of dust and debris that I had ever seen was coming fast toward me. The temperature dropped ten degrees. The first gust almost blew me over. The next was stronger. I kept looking for a funnel. Interesting day…hmmm. I weathered the really wet stuff under a bridge, then continued what would become a 2000 mile commute to the blues. Stoppin in Hot Springs to soak, then on to the Leland, Mississippi Blues Festival. I hear BB’s playin at the Club Ebony. So I’m sitting ten feet from the band, eatin a BBQ pork chop sandwich, watching BB King hold court, and he’s tryin his best to get somewhere with this gorgeous young woman, with the band  smokin like a rack o ribs…
Thank you Riley King.

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Catch “Alligator” on CNN Sunday April 12 10 PM EDT

April 8, 2015
Sauce Boss Meets the Highwaymen

Sauce Boss Meets the Highwaymen

Tour Schedule Click Here to find where the downbeat resides.
Huggin the coast except for a sojourn in the mountains of North Carolina for beer and hot springs.

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My song, “Alligator” will be featured on CNN April 12
This coming Sunday at 10 pm EDT on The Wonder List.  The show’s about  places and cultures in danger of being corrupted by “civilization”. The Florida Everglades is one of the episodes, and producer Mary Wharton thought the song was a perfect fit. Imagine that. This recording came together in the Kingsnake Studio in 1989 with me playing drums and acoustic guitar simultaneously, Lucky Peterson on bass, and Pat Ramsey on harmonica.

Headed to the Meeting of the Minds Nov. 6, 2015
It’s official. I’m coming to key west for one show only. I will be headlining the party at the the Casa Marina on Friday night. Can’t wait to see my Parrothead phriends, phrom all over the world.

Blueberry Scone

Blueberry Rye Scones
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rye flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
¼ cup flax meal

½ cup applesauce
Juice of a lime
½ cup honey
2 cups blueberries
A cup or so of milk

Sift dry ingredients
Mix the wet and dry together using the milk to get the right consistency
Drop em on a greased cookie sheet
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes… or so

Liquid Summer Hot Sauce Sold Right Here!

I wanted to...

I wanted to…

Seoul Restaurant
1420 East Semoran Blvd. Apopka, FL 32703   (407) 886-0112

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THE most authentic Korean restaurant in Florida.
Many words were spoken. Few were in English.
This little down home, hole in the wall is situated next to a Korean market in a tiny strip mall right in the middle of Central Florida. When I ordered the fermented soy bean soup, the kind lady squenched up a look of consternation and a touch of fear passed over her face. “That dish has a very… … … strong flavor.”  She obviously did not know who she was talkin to. However little did I know who I was talkin toI was about to experience the funkiest and most flavorful of meals I ever had. Funkier than the best/worst cheese in France. Funkier that the “wrinkle stinks” (Chitterlings). When you smell something like this, you have got to wonder. Well you know…
The flavor was incredible. “Bold” does not even begin to describe. “very… … …  strong”? Forget it. This is world class funk. But the fermented soy bean dish is sooo good. And like the super over ripe cheeses, it leaves a feeling of well being. The living organisms sending happy thoughts and feelings to your brain. A serotonin rush of AHHHHHHHH YYYYEEEEAAAH! eases down your spine to the tips of your toes. This is intelligent cooking. This is cookin that heals! These folks KNOW what their doing. And they do it with grace and beauty. Not everything on the menu is so funky. The BBQ is outrageous.They bring a pitcher of cold barley tea. No need to ask for refills. I like the way they serve the banchon side dishes with the meal rather than before. The radish with cucumber kim chee is sublime. Not too sweet. Just right to make you ask for a little more. All in all, This is the next best thing to being there.

Chow!


Florida Tour de Force March 2015

March 30, 2015

SunsetCoverLittle_edited-16873407_staI love my life!
I am one lucky guy to do my music, hang out in cool places with cool peeps, and get paid for it. Don’t get me wrong. I work hard all the time to make it happen, but having gigs like this makes it all worth while. I had a killer tour in March.

Check this out… First on this leg was the Music on the Bay Parrothead Extravaganza in Tampa. Third year running, these guys cain’t get enough Sauce in their party. We like it spicy in Tampa so all you snowbirds get ready to melt yer blues away! And the locals?!?!?!?! They don’t live in Tampa for nothin! Tampa is the Frisco of Florida. Party on Garth!   RoyFosterNext, I played and cooked at the Stand Down House, with JP Soars joining me. A homeless shelter in Lake Worth.  Stand Down House helps male veterans who are struggling due to mental / physical wounds & illness, addictions, homelessness and/or other issues regain their lives. I love sharing my music and gumbo with these gentlemen. “Uplifting” does not even come close to describing our time together. 8671 Then on to the Lyric Theatre in Stuart. This gig is always an epic adventure in total theatricality. (is that really a word? The little spell check red thing didn’t alert me, so I guess it must be) Executive Director, John Loesser, is theater royalty. His dad, Frank Loesser was the Tony, Pulitzer, and Academy Award winning songwriter/dramatist, who wrote the lyrics and music to “Guys and Dolls” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”. It don’t get more “theatre” then that. John knows talent. John IS talent.

Then on to Boca Raton. Hold my beer. Watch this. 53-emd   The Funky Biscuit Presented Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton with Special Guests. JP Soars and the Red Hots. Did somebody say, “SLIDE”? There was jammin goin on into the wee hours, including a surprise visit from Spyro Gyra, who sat in with us. Awwwwwww Yeah!
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Lagoon Fest in Palm Bay was another party with a purpose. The lagoon is hurtin. Proceeds went to clean up the damage done. Glad to see old friends from back in the day. I have a warm spot in my heart for this part of Florida. When I was first starting out in 1966, I was playing the Club Juana in Orlando six nights a week.  (before it became a strip club. Well… I do remember a few flying brassieres.)  Anyway, we would sometimes fill the Sunday with a one nighter at the Vanguard in Cocoa Beach. Those two gigs gave me my music education. And the Vanguard was bad to the bone. Murph the Surf was hangin out there. And the Space Coast was ROCKIN! Indiatlantic had a stream of hipsters, bikers, and surfers back and forth from Venice Beach.  (It’s the best surf on the East Coast.) Not to mention the droves of scientists, techies, and astronauts who worked at the Cape. Many years later, Indiatlantic was the place where I hit my first major lick. That’s where the music and the sauce became a phenomenon unto itself at the the Wine Gallery. So many good memories from one of the laidest back hangs in Florida.

@ the BBC

@ the BBC

And finally, a return to Tallahassee, to the Bradfordville Blues Club. A special homecoming for me as I made my way through my blues trek. It gave me time to reflect. Like Ulysses, I have ended up washing up on a beach somewhere. Is there a genre known as Trop-Blues? Too happy for the blues, too deep for Margaritaville. As far as genres go, I live in no mans land. A musical soul without a country. A child of the world, forever restless, forever young. See y’all down the road.


Come On Down To The Florida Keys

February 1, 2015

SnorkelI am cookin in Florida during February. So all you natives, transplants, and all you snowbirds check my schedule for yer “Gumbo Blues”. First up is the Hot Foods and Spicy Blues Fest at the Florida Agriculture Museum in Palm Coast and Earl’s Hideaway in Sebastian. Then Key West, Marathon, Key Largo, and Tampa, 100%Pure180 Here’s where you can get 100% PURE on CD or LP. As you see from this photo, the LP is 180 grams of Pure Sauce Boss.  And the test press sounds GREAT!

Here are a few quotes: As you listen to this album, you realize that it’s just one really cool blues song after another. If this guy makes gumbo as well as he plays slide guitar, then one of his shows must be as good as you’ll ever see. After all, blues and gumbo is a tough combination to beat. If you like lowdown-boogie blues, you are going to love Sauce Boss. Gary Schwind Axs.com 

Really cool new record! Great job.
John Nemeth

Your new record is your best!! Congrats
Anita West

I just received the newest release, 100% Pure, from Sauce Boss and it’s a one man blast!
Bman’s Blues Report

…a true blues artist and an album with 12 great songs to rock out on the side Freddy Vandervelpen (Netherlands) Wharton is a kick-ass slide guitar player out of Florida who has a bunch of raging and rockin’ songs and while he’s performing, he cooks a pot of gumbo.
Bill Locey Rock ‘n’ Roll Call

Your new album is great!
Pierce Pettis

ABSOLUTELY amazing Sauce Boss … This double album of his own power and expressiveness has to intrigue anyone who likes to have the blues. Yes, it is a one man band but Bill does not sound so, around him all bursting with exceptional, inervirajućeg blues , which are very easy to completely surrender. Sauce Boss his music do the first small miracles. Why? He quickly reaches a temperature exceeding 100 degrees and then, believe me, all in his hands. Whether you sing, whether it plays guitar, whether prepared a new recipe, he is a master of his kitchen and he is the one who is responsible for each ingredient. And believe me, this ‘study dish’ contains twelve high-performance ingredients, spices , which in their combination, provide something that will very often ‘ boil ‘ in their devices and enjoy all the charms that it provides. RECOMMENDATION : If you want to spend some meaningful almost 42 minutes, put in your stereo devices–not in a microwave oven–a great album ” 100 % Pure “, press ‘ PLAY & REPEAT ‘ and you will not only enjoy, but you will feel a new , fresh and extremely motivating energy. Do not wait a moment… make it fully !
Soundguardian (Croatia)

100% Pure is a bona fide Sauce Boss tour-de-force. All I could do after the last song was try to catch my breath before I started the whole thing over! Want to put a smile on your face? Get a copy, crank it up and start dancin’. Brother Bill, you have thrown it down, my friend…
Terry Kori

Cool stuff, man!
Selwin Birchwood

There’s a presence there in the music like the whole thing is like a live show, sitting right on the front row. And to me, that’s one of the hardest things to do, is to get that feeling, that sound, that tone, that…ouevre, and have that be what you’re hearing coming out of the speakers. The only problem with this is, now you’ve gotta figure out how to top this.
Jeffrey Clements

Sangria BlancoSauce Boss Sangria Blanco made with grapefruit juice, pineapple, Sauvignon Blanc, pineapple juice, cinnamon, and cloves.
 pepes_interiorI can’t come to key west without visiting Pepe’s Cafe and Steakhouse. Est. 1909. Great food, great service, great people!
What A State. I Love Florida

What A State. I Love Florida


100% PURE TOUR

November 25, 2014

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AAAAWWWW RIGHT! Here I come for my annual Holiday Tour!
I am holdin. Loaded with a fresh batch of Liquid Summer Hot Sauce, CDs, and  swag. Here’s the details of the tour schedule. I begin the tour at a Homeless Shelter near Louisville. Then I’m gigging in Lexington, Connersville IN, Wheeling WV.  Sharon, Pittsburgh, and DuBois PA. Cleveland, Syracuse. I will celebrate my birthday on December 20 in Maryville Tennessee with family and friends. Don’t miss this party!

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100% PURE Sauce Boss is Smokin!
If you haven’t picked up the new album, here’s your chance. Available HERE on CD, or download (or pre-order a limited edition on 180 gram vinyl). This record is getting the best response I ever received from friends and critics alike.

Some early reviews of “100% Pure”
http://www.axs.com/sauce-boss-plays-lowdown-boogie-blues-25911
http://chickenwilson2.blogspot.com/p/november-2014-reviews.html

New Gift Set


The perfect Holiday Gift Set:
Autographed copy of 100% Pure CD and 2 bottles of Liquid Summer Hot Sauce–one Datil and one Habanero.

Order— Cds, vinyl, hot sauce, gift sets, t-shirts or chef hats–from the Sauce Boss store, and receive a bonus “cracker jack prize”. 

 

 

 

Zamorah’s
106 NE Main St Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 990-6167  Soul food with a big heart.
Why is it that those with little, are ready to share? Could it be that they know how it feels?

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This little soul food restaurant outside of Greenville, South Carolina blew my mind. Ribs, chicken and the fixins. They bring new meaning to a “generous meal”.  Thank you Zamorah! You have made my day,  just knowing about what you do for people. We all can help in some way.

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Happy Holidays  Everybody! Spread the love.

 


It’s Happening!

October 29, 2014

“100% PURE” Release Date is November 4th

Let the wild rumpus begin. CD Release parties begin at the House of Blues in Orlando.

Bill Wharton has blended brilliance and darkness, true-life stories, and the legends surrounding his outlaw mystique. The album mixes blues songs with genre-bending selections, however, it is “100% Pure” Sauce Boss! Mostly recorded in the one-man band format, “100% Pure” grooves hard and deep, with a very large sound. Plenty of bottom, with a voice begging for mercy, and a slide guitar that crawls out of the swamp like a twelve foot gator.

It’s happening!  You can order the CD now at the new Sauce Boss Store. While you are there, you might want to order a case of of Liquid Summer hot sauce for the relatives or the company holiday parties.  180 gram Vinyl version of “100% Pure” should be available in early December.

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And you can listen to three of the tunes from the album on the sauceboss.com website music player at the bottom of each page

Tour Dates Here.
Hangin’ down South for November. Then Up to the Northland for my annual Holiday tour.

Sauce Boss Coffee Cake
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OK, y’all have been pesterin’ me for my fool proof coffee cake. Here’s the deal. Ya need to have a sifter.  After you memorize this little formula, you can improvise whatever kind of bread/cake you want to have. Let’s go step by step.

Oven at 350 degrees

I take a cup of whole wheat flour and put it in the sifter .

Then I take:
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup of flax meal

And I put all that in the sifter. Then I put another cup (or more) of flour on top of the stuff and sift it all.

In a separate bowl I mix:
Walnuts
Fruit (for this coffee cake I used a banana, black currants, and applesauce)
1 can of pumpkin
Honey
Milk

Mix it all together and put in into a greased frying pan. Then I apply a heavy dusting of cinnamon, completely covering the top.

Cook for about 40 minutes

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