We caught up with friends this afternoon. Of course, afternoon tea. That most post-victorian activity on the planet. Afternoon tea.
If you know us at all you know we’re all about afternoon tea.
But there’s more going on here than meets the eye.
On the left – scones. Part art, part science, all of the best things about home made cooking. I made the scones, broadly based on my mother’s recipe, passed to me over the phone. Mum probably made a million scones in her time, and the recipe was fairly casual. Me, trying to learn, wanted the details. Mum, the guru, gave me general ratios and told me to get on with it.
I don’t use a recipe any more. Thanks Mum.
I think you’d be surprised by these scones, they’re dairy free.
I know that’s not your original recipe, but that’s the point of adopting and adapting.
On the right, Marica’s “Plonk Cake”. I just checked. Yes, she has a recipe, but she can make the cake from memory. “I let the fruit talk, because it’s all about the fruit.”
Marica got the recipe from a friend, and we think the recipe came from her aunt. Thanks Roz.
The cake is dairy free and there’s some other improvisation going on as well.
While we bring the two treats together for our young friends, and they’re flattering about our cooking [and damn it, so they should], what’s really happening is we’re passing the stories of our families on to them. We learned to cook as much as anything because we wanted to eat more of what had been first made for us.
Hopefully they’ll be telling our stories through their cooking one day.
04. Every day is an opportunity to cultivate the promise of the future.
09. Every day learn something new.
10. Every day connect with somebody.