sharing in the kitchen
I have really fond memories in the kitchen learning from my mom as she whipped up one of her favorite concoctions – chocolate chip cookies or salmon cakes or chili and coleslaw for chili dogs. There’s something about learning from someone first-hand. My parents live over 2,200 miles away, so I don’t get to spend as much time in the kitchen with Mom as I’d like of course. But recently I had this kind of “kitchen bonding” with someone else dear to me.
Lauren is my sister-in-law and a close friend. She and my brother Kevin and their kids visit us in Arizona regularly and we always create the best family memories. That sort of bonding is the best kind of fun and we certainly count it among our greatest blessings.
On their recent visit, Lauren and I spent some time in the kitchen as she shared with me one of her most treasured recipes – and I invited Kara to pop over with her camera and capture it all. Today I want to encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to learn first-hand from a family member or friend. Have your cousin teach you how to crochet. Ask your father-in-law to share how he makes that famous French toast. I bet they’d be flattered if you asked.
Better yet – what if you are the one who invites someone (particularly a child) into your kitchen / family room / home office to learn something? Share your talents and create memories along the way. Remember that old saying I picked up in college and have shared many times before? The purpose of the task is to strengthen the relationship.
Here’s Lauren showing me how to make Welsh Cakes (she was born and raised in Wales). May seem simple, but this was more than a recipe swap. These Welsh Cakes are a part of Lauren’s heritage and part of her heart. It’s a labor of love and I’m grateful I got to share this experience with her, learning how to do something her way.
8 oz . flour
4 oz. unsalted butter
4 oz. sugar plus a little extra to sprinkle on top
3-4 oz. raisins
1 egg, beaten
Splash of milk
1 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of salt
Pinch of Allspice
Sift flour, salt, Allspice and baking powder into bowl.
Add butter to dry ingredients and rub between fingers until crumbly.
Add sugar and raisins; mix with fingers.
Beat egg and milk together and add that to mixture.
Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour egg and milk into middle.
Gently mix using your fingers. Don’t over-mix. Ingredients should come together a bit like cookie dough.
Add a bit of flour if the mixture is too sticky.
Dust your counter with a little bit of flour.
Roll out mixture with rolling pin and cut out with cookie cutter.
Invite anyone walking through the kitchen to join the party. (Hi, Kevin.)
Heat electric griddle to about 340 degrees or cast iron griddle (I love my one from Pampered Chef) on stove over low-medium heat. Using butter, grease the skillet.
Place Welsh Cakes on top to cook. Watch for glistening to appear and then flip.
When golden brown on both sides, remove and put onto plate.
Sprinkle a little sugar on the top.