March 7 – Share a favourite recipe from your mother or grandmother’s kitchen. Why is this dish your favorite? If you don’t have one that’s been passed down, describe a favorite holiday or other meal you shared with your family.
I’m sure over the years both my Mum and my Grandmothers cooked many wonderful meals for us but there hasn’t seemed to be any favourite recipes passed down to us!
So, I will mention here instead about one Christmas meal, about 1970-ish, that I won’t forget. Here is a photo taken at that time:
Original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011
The reason this meal was special is because it was at a time when my Aunt Winnie Tucker (nee Read) came for a visit from her home in Bermuda. My dear Dad last saw his sister when he was about 11 years old or so and so for him this was a really special visit.
The photo shows my parents, my Grandfather John Read (who also was seeing his daughter for the first time in many many years), my brother John, (my other brother Alan was taking the photograph) and my cousin Heather (Aunt Winnie’s daughter), who was meeting us for the first time in her life, so, it was a very special and memorable meal for all of us.
(My Dad is at the end of the table, near the Christmas tree. His sister (my Aunt Winnie) is next to him one side and his father (my Granddad) is sitting next to him the other side. My cousin Heather is between my Grandad and myself and my brother John is sitting next to Aunt Winnie and my Mum is at the end of the table nearest the camera. (On my lap is Susie, on Mum’s lap is Bobo and wandering about somewhere nearby was Dora – our three Poodles).
After the brief visit with Aunt Winnie, she went back to Bermuda and we have never seen her again. Sadly she died a few years ago, but I am thrilled that I had the chance to meet her and Heather and also thrilled that I have one special photo to treasure of that very wonderful occasion.