Food Memories

Thank you for the cooking memories.

My mum worked in a school kitchen, and often used to bring back the leftovers. I didn’t like liver the first time round, and definitely didn’t like it at home. Her job was peeling and cooking the potatoes, which she did really well. However, apart from her stews, which were amazing (beef, carrots, oxtail soup, gravy, potatoes and dumplings) Mum couldn’t cook. She made a fish pie and I detested the taste, but back then you ate everything on your plate whether you liked it or not.

Mum was the second youngest of a family of eleven. All of them were accomplished cooks, but mum wasn’t. Saying that she could bake, and would make the most delicious apple pies.

I think I have inherited her talent for not cooking, but that is fine with me. My husband does all the cooking and sometimes my son will cook for me too. I will do the washing up, but I do work full time and refuse to do that on a weekday.

Baking is something my daughter has inherited somehow, but I think that has more to do with her nanny than me. I used to love baking biscuits with my daughter when she was little, and I love to do the same with my two year old granddaughter. Although the last time we made a cake, I burnt it in the oven.

Growing up my nephew and niece used to stay at mum’s over some weekends. I still remember fondly the boiled beef in gravy (in a bag) roast potatoes, carrots and for afters a shop brought apple pie. I don’t know why, but that tasted delicious. (It shouldn’t have) In the evenings we had hot milk and ginger biscuits.

It is probably why I want biscuits with my coffee now.

Published by writerravenclaw

I am a fifty something mother of two grown up children, and one beautiful grandchild. I have been married for nearly thirty-four years. My first book was published ten years ago. I wrote my book Sticks and Stones because of my experience of being bullied at school.

6 thoughts on “Food Memories

  1. Thank you for joining in with your memories. I loved stews also. Neither of my kids like them to this day. It’s wonderful to continue things we enjoy with our grandkids. Making cookies is a favorite activity with them. My grandson is addicted to adding sprinkles to everything.

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  2. Cooking with grandchildren is such a joy. They loved baking cupcakes in ice cream cones and my granddaughter loves making meatloaf with me. I wish I could make a good apple pie. I fail at crusts and I never choose the right apples!

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