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?
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?
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!
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