Make it Again Mom

This month, here at Middle Places, our them is Recreate. As the person with the main responsibility for cooking in our home, one of the phrases I really love to hear is closely tied with the idea of recreating. “That was yummy mom, make it again” or something similar never fails to make me smile. When “make it again mom” and a healthy recipe coincide, I am even more delighted, but that doesn’t happen often with two boys with healthy appetites.

However, some of the recipes I go back to time and time again are NOT because of the taste, OR how healthy they are. Some of the recipes I go back to are because of the memories associated with that recipe. I’m sure we all have them. Recipes, or just food items that you can eat and it takes you right back to a previous time you ate that food.

There are certain foods that I do NOT need a recipe for, because I grew up making them, with my mom, over and over again, so many times that I just KNOW how to do it. Bolognese sauce from scratch? No problem. Shepherd’s Pie, the easy way? Absolutely. Coffee Cake? Without a doubt. The coffee cake is an interesting one. You see, here in the UK when we say coffee cake we don’t mean a cake to eat with coffee, we mean a coffee flavoured cake, and despite the fact that I NEVER drink coffee because I can’t stand the stuff (yes OK, so shoot me), I love this cake. Or, at least, I loved this cake. But I had not made it in years, probably not since I left home over 25 years ago.

Then, one day, a couple of years ago now, after both my parents had passed away I was going through a huge box of photos and I found the two I have included in this post and I knew right away what my mom was making.  BTW don’t you love that 70s wallpaper?

make it again mom recipes infused with memories

There was no disguising that food processor and the colour of the mixture it contained. THIS was my mom’s coffee cake.  I knew it right away, and out of nowhere I suddenly had this deep desire for coffee cake, not just any coffee cake, but this coffee cake, my mom’s coffee cake. I knew the amounts for most of the ingredients by heart but I had to guess for the raising agent and the amount of coffee, I had forgotten those little details. BUT, despite all that, I think it turned out rather well, don’t you?

Coffee Cake

It might not be a food that “takes you back” to a good memory, it might be a particular smell, or a particular sound, or perhaps a certain song. I’d love to hear in the comments or on our facebook page the things that “bring the smiles rushing back”.
And with that I need to head out, I need to buy some ingredients for another batch of coffee cake!

Zoe Gregg

Zoe Gregg

A creative woman at heart, Zoe works to introduce local school children to God through “Open the Book” and “Prayer Spaces”. She is passionate about storytelling, believing that each of us has our own unique story to tell as well as delighting in traditional tales.
Zoe Gregg

About Zoe Gregg

A creative woman at heart, Zoe works to introduce local school children to God through “Open the Book” and “Prayer Spaces”. She is passionate about storytelling, believing that each of us has our own unique story to tell as well as delighting in traditional tales.

  • Zoe, this is so true and so beautiful! Gathering Sasha’s honeysuckle was that way but actually making a PB&J sandwich always takes me back to my dad teaching me how… I don’t know where mom was because this and maybe one or two other things are the only things I ever remember him making when I was little and as you can see he was busy teaching me to do it for myself… presumably so he would not have to do it again… anyway, he insisted that peanut butter was required on both slices of bread so the jelly didn’t compromise the bread. I think of him every time!

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