Sunday, January 10, 2016

Grapefruit and Grapple Hooks - Recipes and Writing Prompts

I'm having fun doing a series of blogs that I hope my readers will enjoy. I'll share some of my favorite recipes and devise some original writing prompts. Why not try some of both. Get creative, have some fun, and share your thoughts by leaving a comment. You're also invited to post a short example of how you used the writing prompt in the comment area. My first series of posts will use the Alphabet for inspiration. Grab a friend, tell your classmates, inform your writing group, whatever, GET CREATIVE!

(G) Day  Grapefruit and Grapple Hooks

Courtesy of Elizabeth Lindhag

Grapefruit – Did you know?

Did you know that grapefruit comes in several different colors. The most common color probably available in your local supermarket is pink, however, there are also yellow, white, and red grapefruit...who knew! One cautionary factor about this fruit is that it can interact with medications, sometimes increasing their potency, making it easy to over medicate. One grapefruit tree is capable of producing 1,300 – 1,500 pounds of fruit a year. WOW!

Recipe: This recipe is a variation I created but I found the inspiration at

Fresh Grapefruit, Coconut and Cherry Cake


2/3 cup butter, softened

1 3/4 cups sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice

3/4 cup milk

3 cups sifted cake flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup of maraschino cherries (slice whole cherries into quarters, or dice into smaller pieces.)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans.

2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.

3. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternating with the grapefruit juice and milk. Add cherries and stir. Pour batter into prepared pans.

4. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Top with your favorite icing or eat as is.

Writing Prompt:

Grapple Hook – Definition: A tool or device with multiple hooks (known as claws or flukes) attached to a rope. Primarily, grappling hooks are used to temporarily secure one end of a rope.

Prompt: Imagine that you're trying to describe this tool to someone who has no clue what you're talking about. Write a three sentence explanation using as many synonyms as you can dream up. (No peeking at a thesaurus!) Try for, at least, 5-8 descriptive synonyms along with two possible scenarios where this tool would be invaluable.

Coming Next: (H) Day – Honey and Hillbilly Music

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  1. The recipe sounds good. What a great spring dessert that would make!

  2. Hi Ilona. Thanks for dropping in. It is a really unique cake and very tasty. Hope you get a chance to try it.

  3. Sounds like a great recipe, Lynda. Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. Hi Linda. Take my word on this; it's very good. Thank you for taking the time to comment.