chocolate slice & her
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.
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.