Family Favourite Recipe (shhhhh... there's NO CHEESE!)
Let's face it, and I know I'm over-generalising a bit, but they have afterall spent a lifetime literally feeding people. Preparing grand family feasts for every Christmas, birthday and engagement party as required; churning out countless baked goodies for school fetes, charity fundraisers, church picnics and sports club bashes whenever the cause called for it. Nobody told them they had to - that's just the way it was being a woman, wife and mother back in the day.
As another angle, and usually just as a conversation starter, I might ask my client for their views on the best way to bake a leg of lamb (without it shrivelling up to nothing), or hints on how to stop spaghetti pasta from clumping together in the pot (happens to me every dam time). Then... if you are sincere and show that you truly rooly respect these culinary Dames and their clever foody tricks, your elderly client will just about share anything with you! Ideally though, that would hopefully be her top secret traditional recipes.
And sometimes too, they may even write them out by hand for you – all from memory of course.
By this caring and sharing stage, you can rest assured that you've earned your client’s trust completely (which is HUGE) and pretty much means that your worthiness as their carer is a done deal. And if that’s not job satisfaction, I don’t know what is?
- Mrs Pettie-Chou's Vanilla Bean Custard made with real custard and real bean ("none of this packet rubbish")
- Mrs Maradonna's Mama Mia Meatballs with traditional 'passed-down-from-generations' Spicy Tomato Sauce
- Mrs Toodlepip's never-fail Date Scones... and they never have, not even when I make them
- Mrs Waxhead's original Chocolate Chip Cookies…whatever you do, don't spare the butter!
- Mrs Pompadom's Pumpkin & Chickpea Curry-in-a-Hurry (ha ha her words not mine because guess where you’ll be running afterwards...)
- Mrs DiDonato's famously rich Osso Bucco...(compliments and heartburn guaranteed!)
|REAL cookies mmmm...|
Her family know it, the neighbours know it, the bowls club know it and now, happily, I can testify to it too. Melt in your mouth TO DIE FOR kind of cheesecake. And every fortnight when her extended family all gather for a meal at her place, Maddie gets to wheel out her latest tasty sweety creation and have them all coo with delight at another splendid pud from good ol’ reliable Nan-Nan.
|But how can it be Cheesecake...|
(Plus the extra "fiddle-about time")
And not a dot of cheese to be seen! Wilma from the knitting club had promised that no one would ever notice because the yoghurt imparted a sneaky cheesy flavour once it had been zapped on high in the microwave. Turns out, Wilma was right.
It doesn't sound like much but I'm so pleased to see, even if it may not be forever, how happy and proud Maddie Cheswick is now that she gets to continue the cheesecake tradition for a little longer with her adoring family.
And I myself, will be able to confirm how easy peasy it is too, after I attempt one for my lot tonight (fingers crossed)