The Other Man

The Other Man
Cuisine: Pumpkin Pancakes
This article is a repeat. Some of you may have already read it and if so...sorry. I have been watching hubby play music a lot lately and just wanted to put this out there again. He's so awesome.

Hubby had a gig last night. He is an incredibly talented guitar player. He told me that he would understand if I didn’t want to go since it would be late and I wouldn’t know anyone there. But, I insisted. The other man would be there and I needed to see him. I often find it distracting when I have to talk to others because I want all my attention to be on the other man. If he throws me a glance I don’t want to miss it.. I’m in awe at how he expresses himself, his sensitivities, his raw emotion. Most of the evening I don’t think that he is even aware that I am there translating him, but then a flash of a smile in my directions, a twinkle in his eyes for me. I can see the whole of his past life and his future in his facial expressions. His body language is familiar, yet foreign. I can almost taste his pain and his joy. He screams, he laughs, he dreams, he cries, he flirts……all his complexities become simplified……his simple nature becomes complex…...all with 6 strings….and I am mesmerized. Yes, my hubby, guitar in hand, is the other man.

I’ll make him a special breakfast in the morning. He loves pumpkin and it’s a great way to make a decadent meal healthier. He’s extremely happy tonight playing his guitar….he’ll be almost as happy tomorrow morning eating Pumpkin Pancakes drizzled with honey from our bees.
  • 1 c whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ c unbleached flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 2 t baking powder
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • ½ t nutmeg
  • ½ t ginger (or, and this is my favorite, ¼ c diced candied ginger)
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1 c buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk, add one t vinegar to 1 c milk and let sit a minute)
  • 1 c pureed pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 T oil
  • 1 t vanilla
  • ½ c pecans or dried cranberries (optional)
  1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, including nuts or cranberries if using. In a smaller bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined. Lumps are okay.

  2. Drop onto a hot griddle lightly oiled. Flip when the bubbles begin to pop and cook until done. Serve with warm 100% maple syrup or honey.



2 responses to The Other Man

  1. Carrie Millen

    What an awesome post and beautiful, sexy, tribute to your “other man!”
    Looking forward to hanging out this winter!!!

    • Deborah

      Well…in my eyes he is beautiful…both the man and the gift he has. Looking forward to this winter…maybe some beach walks?

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