It all started from my birthday. My daughter, a big fan of cooking shows, organized the Top Chef evening. According to the principle, two teams competed in creating an original dish. Each group offered an appetizer and a main course. Then a jury consisting of parents had to present their entries. Subsequently, she wanted to continue this little family game, complicating the rules. And not anyhow.
She suggested that we remake her grandmother’s waffle recipe. Same ingredients, same recipes… just as it should have been. Except the waffles didn’t taste the same. The exercise continued with an attempt to remake other grandmothers’ recipes… Macaroni with ham and cheese, pancakes, bolo, mayonnaise, vinaigrette… But the blind tasting was tasteless: Grandma always had better.
If I tried to blame the waffle iron, the chicken eggs, or just a passing storm, after a while I made a decision. There are traditions that should not be touched: “So much the better if it’s better with my grandmother.”
Because if cooking is about love, it’s also about sharing memories that we’ll never forget, and it’s not a star that will take that away from us.
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