Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Special Food - remember it?
My younger sister is enrolled in a memoir writing class and was reviewing some of her memories with me a couple of weeks ago. She and I are 14 years apart in age so our memories don't always coincide or even exist in some cases. With the memories idea in my mind, this week actually during my "prayer" time one morning (I believe these kind of flashes during contemplation are referred to as monkey mind!), I began to think about the foods that our Mother especially prepared or considered usually Sunday evening treats for the family.
-Pineapple Upside Down Cake with real whipped cream on top - cake nice and warm out of the oven
-Homemade, actually "cranked" in an old-fashioned ice cream maker - so cold it could easily give you a headache with too large a bite - this was usually prepared in conjunction with a gathering of family and/or friends as the cranking took a long time and lots of muscle. When peaches were in season, the freezing bites contained peach chunks
-Strawberry shortcake with real cream - fresh strawberries, shortcake like a big biscuit - recipe from a Bisquick box, not a spongey imitation bought at the store, real cream - not whipped and not Cool-Whip
-Popcorn balls made from scratch, shaped by us all with margarine-covered hands into sticky, gooey confection guaranteed to pull out a filling occasionally - we actually snacked on these one time while all huddled under a large bedstead fearing a tornado would blow us away at any minute
-Donuts - shaped and dropped into deep oil for frying
-Soda Crackers crumbled in a glass with milk poured on top - now this one was a favorite of our Dad's and I'm not sure any of the rest of us ever took to this idea of milk and crackers but he loved it
So, that strange assortment of special foods is in my memory bank. How about you - did your family or your Mother prepare any special treats in your childhood that you especially remember?