What are your strongest childhood memories?
I lived close enough to the school to be allowed to walk home after school with my friends. We'd pick dandelions and clover flowers along the way, feed horses and find large caterpillars to carefully pop into our lunchboxes to take home to Mum. Mum loved the flowers and would give me an empty jam jar filled with water for them. She would often give me a couple of sugar cubes for the next time I fed the horses. And she didn't seem to make any comment about the caterpillars though they seemed to disappear by teatime.
Life seemed a little more simple, less frenetic in those days. After devouring numerous home-made biscuits still warm from the oven, children usually played outside until teatime. I know I certainly did.
Today is very different
Things have certainly changed. Children rarely walk home. (What a world of exciting little discoveries they miss as they speed past in cars; processional caterpillars crawling head to tail, hissing rhinoceros beetles tumbled onto their backs, a lost turtle or dog, and perhaps even a baby bird that had tumbled from its nest.)
After school time now involves some sort of after-school activity or sports training for each day of the week and dinner is often a rushed affair or possibly a quick and easy takeaway meal.
Forget about the bustle for a moment. Put your feet up, relax and click through this selection of retro recipes from a by-gone era. You'll find a link to these recipes online in case you'd like to cook them. Do you remember salmon patties, beef wellington or lemon meringue pie? What about curried prawns or banana fritters? What comforting memories accompany these meals for you? Maybe, your memories of your dinner recipes differ.
What recipes are an important part of your childhood memories?
If so, what meals do you associate with childhood? Have you cooked them for your family?I've suggested in another article some simple recipes that could become a part of your family memories. You might also discover that your kids or grandkids would really enjoy the simple recipes from yesterday...especially if you also recount some of your memories from growing up. And you just might be making some wonderful memories for them while you cook them.
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