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chocolate slice & her

31 October 2012

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When I was young, these hands made me chocolate slice. They also came with dancing blue eyes, giggles, secret jokes, adventures, cheeky acts and men and women of all ages who wanted to follow her across the seas and lands. Sometimes mum and I joined her life on a boat for weeks at a time, cruising picture-perfect islands, making new friends everywhere and creating unique experiences to hold dear. Other times she came to our house for weeks of cooking, beach walks, dates at cafes, spontaneous jaunts and lots of cuddles. These hands have been a major part of my life since the day I was born. They wrote me a letter on the day I was born, that I have in my suitcase of sentimental belongings. Tears are forming as I recall these wonderful times. For while she is still here, some of her zest has been robbed by age and sickness. The sparkle in her eyes is there but not so often now. We help her to keep laughing and she keeps making her one-liners to make us smile too. We all know it is different but we hang on to the good times, practice strength and letting go, and share the deep deep love. I feel gratitude that she has a greater acceptance of her deterioration. And immensely happy she has the companionship of a man who has loved her since the 1940s.

And while this chocolate slice recipe is different in order to cater to food intolerances for myself and others at a recent party, it is still very much in honour of this woman. I am taken back to those moments where we laughed til our sides hurt and when we three generations were stopped in the street by people who just wanted to share our joy. So, chocolate slice, you might have all the credentials of being gluten free, dairy free and sugar free, but it’s your memory trigger that jumps through my taste buds and into my heart today.

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Cooking Club challenge for October: a recipe handed down through voice, handwritten notes or inspired by your memories. Step away from the internet and remember the meals cooked by our elders, family and friends.

This challenge was bound to bring up tears for some of us, I’m sure.

From River’s Edge ~ Bakery Bookery ~ Down by the Sea
Explody Full ~ Under Lock & Key ~ Juanita Tortilla

13 Responses
  1. October 31, 2012

    Your chocolate slice and words and memories are such a wonderful way to honour this lady. Another great idea for a cookery challenge. Thank you as always for organising it.
    Sarah x

  2. October 31, 2012

    And these are the best types of recipes.

  3. October 31, 2012

    how beautiful, your story and her lovely, lovely hands….they tell of a lifetime of strong living

  4. October 31, 2012

    What a beautiful post and wonderful way to honour her. This is truly a recipe from the heart.

  5. October 31, 2012

    What a beautiful post! It sounds like you have had some incredible and joyful adventures with the two best women in your life! You write about it so well too – you made me feel nostalgic about those moments even though I wasn’t even there! I love how food carries memories like that. I love the top picture too.

  6. October 31, 2012

    Beautifully written along with beautiful pictures.
    I enjoyed this month’s cooking challenge.

  7. October 31, 2012

    Such a beautiful post lovely and a wonderful challenge this month too, emotional but an amazing way of connecting to our past, our families and to each other, thank you:) Those boat trips with your grandmother sound amazing! xx

  8. Ebony permalink
    October 31, 2012

    This is my favourite one on your blog so far. X

  9. October 31, 2012

    I love how you have a suitcase full of sentimental things! Lovely post.

  10. November 1, 2012

    The words you’ve chosen to share with us are powerful and are packed full of love and memory. Posts like this make me so happy that we have the opportunity to blog AND share those blogs with others. Thank you. Also, your chocolate looks absolutely divine!

  11. November 3, 2012

    So beautiful. Love that shot. Every time I see my Nan I photograph her hands. There is something so magical about them. x

  12. November 7, 2012

    You write some of the most beautiful posts on the blogosphere. It’s so touching to read anecdotes about your family. You’re so lucky to be surrounded by so many caring people who has touched your life in so many different ways.

  13. November 19, 2012

    I have goosebumps on my arms, tears in my eyes and joy in my heart for the wonderful memories you have and the time you have left xx

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