When I was in the greengrocer’s this morning my eyes lighted on some vibrant red cabbages. My mind instantly travelled back to childhood and I could almost smell the sweet and tangy aromas of my mum’s red cabbage with the Sunday roast. This recipe was handed down from her mother-in-law, my beloved granny, known to all as Doody.
Doody was a fantastic cook, in the tradition of the legendary British home economist Marguerite Patten who passed away in June this year aged 99. (Doody passed away last year aged 100).
Well, it got me thinking wistfully, of how important it was and still is, that recipes are handed down through the generations. I remember Doody always serving ‘Granny Price’s custard’ with dessert. Granny Price was her own mother, and that recipe has been handed down to her own daughters and daughter-in-law. Now my mum has advanced dementia and I had neglected to ask her for these treasured heirlooms in good time. Maybe life is too fast paced these days, and maybe we think Google tells us everything we need to know. I feel that I have missed the opportunity to have these tangible, edible memories.
Whilst I was basking in melancholy I realised that I had photographed a few recipes from Mum’s handwritten notebook when I was home last year, and that I had posted the red cabbage recipe, rather artfully I thought, on Instagram. Yay for social media! So I’m going to cook some right now before I forget again. I’m sharing this recipe with you and maybe it’ll become your family favourite too – but don’t forget to hand it down if it does.
Note to self – ask Dad to email me the recipe for Granny Price’s custard.