Memory Book Building: Our Family and Food

Dear Frankie and Lisi,

I wish I had a family recipe book to share but I don’t, I do however have a few memories.

Oh I know I’m not much of a cook. I’m a bit of a heater upper but I do bake cakes with you don’t I? I’ll never forget when you told GG I ‘d found a great new box and the cookies always worked out of them. She was horrified! Mum didnt cook much at all spam and chips and angell delight mainly but she did a sunday roast.

My granny taught coooking at Clarendon college and was amazing cake maker, but she had many strokes and I never knew her like that sadly.

My other granny Granny Goddard made toffee apple for goose fair in their 100’s and the best meat and potato pie in the world. She took the recipe up to heaven (whisper is she put a can of veg soup in it!)  When I turned vegetarian age 11 that was the hardest thing to give up. I think she was very sad. But you two have been raised as vegetarian and you are so great about saying no thank you to sweets with gelatin in, understanding you can’t have shoes you like and being a bit different. You have taken it in your stride.Will it last? Oh I do hope so but as adults it all becomes your choice. Frankie’s into Ratburgers at the moment so you never know.

Grandad’s fave thing was ice cream wafers . Dad winning at the races would always result in take out Chinese food or a big win we’d get a taxi and go the is posh steak house. Uni food was beans and baked potatoes. Food is a funny old thing. It evokes many memories.

I loved school dinners but you two aren’t so keen. Butterscotch pie YUM. We all love Tiffin four local cafe or cake don’t we and they sell this!

When I cooked at school (I scraped a C at cookery O level and the world was shocked I’d passed!) the teacher used to gather people round my dish as an example of what not to do. How unsuppportive!  She was cross I wouldn’t cook meat or fish and once told me I had no choice, I didn’t have to eat it but I had to cook it.. I stared her out and said I always had a choice and I would not be cooking it. I hope you will be brave if challenged about why you wont eat or cook certain things.

Do you remember making this Annalise?



Eat your five a day kids and always eat breakfast. You won’t go far wrong.


Love you x

This is part of the memory book project run over at the fabulous Alexander Resdience Blog. It costs nothing to share your memories or record them for your kids and they absolutely precious and a gift only you cangive. Do join in!



  1. November 5, 2012 / 8:14 am

    what a lovely post and a brilliant idea. Well done for standing up to the teacher. I remember at school ( going back to 1970 where a girls aspiration was suppose to want to be a wife and mother) wanting to do woodwork when I was 11. The teacher was horrified but told me if I could find 6 girls who wanted to do woodwork and 6 boys who wanted to do cooking and sewing we could swap, and I dont think he was too amused when I managed it, I had great fun.
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  2. Becky
    November 5, 2012 / 10:47 am

    I love that you managed to pull that off Elaine!

  3. Becky
    November 5, 2012 / 10:47 am

    Thanks P!

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