The Gallery – Grandparents

July 5, 2011

This week lovely Tara’s Gallery theme is Grandparents. In my case, it’s more specifically Grandmother. My grandmother was one of those larger-than-life people who cannot get on a bus without making friends with the people sitting next to her, the people down the other end, and the conductor too. She was the life and soul. She also loved me. And I loved her …..and chocolate. Even then. So my grandmother would spend hours making chocolate cakes with me after school. She must have got fed up. She must have grumbled about getting the right ingredients in, time and time again. The mess! The expense! The time! But I got none of that. I just got cake …. and chocolate. And love.

She died over ten years ago now but I still miss her. And I think of her when I bake a cake. Which is often. Funnily enough, they’re not always chocolate cakes. This one is half coffee and walnut, half raspberry and creme fraiche. We can’t agree on flavours here. But we can agree on the tremendous importance of cake. And love.


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  • Tara July 5, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    That is just lovely DD. I think the relationship children have with their grandparents is just lovely. My own mother in law is one of those ‘makes friends with everyone and anyone she meets’ types. Bloody brilliant for my kids to have a part of that! x

    • Dulwich Divorcee July 6, 2011 at 9:41 am

      Thanks, Tara, my grandmother was a great character, it was lovely writing about her (though sad) and I’m glad you’ve got one in your family too – every home should have one 🙂 x

  • kate July 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Lovely post and there is something about baking that somehow makes loss bearable in a funny sort of way and you see the continuation of things down the generations.

    • Dulwich Divorcee July 7, 2011 at 10:03 am

      I’m afraid I’ve always seen food as a bit of a comforter in times of distress – which probably explains a lot – but there’s nothing like the smell of a cake cooking to put a smile on my face x

  • Mari July 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Your post nudged a memory of nana whom I didn’t write about today as I don’t have any photos of her. Larger than life, a stout Irish catholic who made her cakes weighing the ingredients in cups, her cupboards always full of sugary treats that made my mother’s hair curl.
    Thanks for nudging my memory in celebrating your own grandmother

    • Dulwich Divorcee July 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

      She sounds fab! Just the kind of granny every child needs. I did have a picture of my grandmother but didn’t want to use it – somehow the cake seemed more her than the real thing.

  • kelloggsville July 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    You brought back so many good memories of my own. Lovely kitchen times spent with Grandma.

  • Dulwich Divorcee July 7, 2011 at 10:07 am

    They are lovely memories, aren’t they? I’ve done a lot of baking with my girls but am really looking forward to making outrageously unhealthy things with my grandchildren too!