Recipes from the Family Table
By Breanna Sharpe
“Some of the most important conversations I’ve ever had
occurred at my family’s dinner table.” – Bob Ehrlich
I sometimes hear people complain that their parents might be embarrassing, or that their grandparents call too much. Aunts, uncles and cousins are also not safe from a slew of problems. Whenever I hear these things I can’t help but think how wonderful it is that our family is close. Although I bet my mother wishes I called just a little bit less, I have never had a time where I have not found support and love when I needed it.
When I look back on all my favourite moments with our family one thing almost always comes to mind; meals. We eat a lot! I’ve never seen my Granddad eat less then three courses at breakfast time. I think everyone gained at least five pounds from Nan and Granddad’s anniversary weekend. Whenever we gather together we find time to eat.
A meal is universally considered an important part of a day. It gives us sustenance, helps us survive and, most importantly, can be shared with others. A family meal provides the opportunity to share your life with the people you care about.
When putting together our family cookbook I looked for recipes that originated in our family or have become family favourites. I also included recipes from friends who have touched our lives. When I make the recipes I enjoy the memory of our family gatherings.
In making our family cookbook, the biggest challenge was filling out the sections that weren’t dessert! Here is one dessert recipe. I hope you enjoy it.
Harriet Miller’s Queen Elizabeth Cake
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- ¼ cup Shortening
- 1 cup White Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 ½ Flour
- ½ tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- ½ cup Walnuts (optional)
- 5 Tbsp brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp cream
- 3 Tbsp butter
- ½ cup coconut
- Combine dates, boiling water and baking soda; let cool.
- Add shortening, white sugar, egg, vanilla, walnuts, flour, salt and baking powder.
- Bake at 350°F for 35 to 40 minutes.
- Combine all ingredients for icing.
- Cook for 2 minutes.
- While cake is hot, pour icing over it and return to oven to brown.