When I was growing up my Mother was a wonderful cook. Her simple hearty fare made every Supper time(thats what we called Dinner) a truly memorable event. I can still taste the salmon patties with red potatoes and creamed peas, homemade chicken and noodles and my favorite meatloaf. She was thrifty and creative and her food was always extraordinary. My Father was also a foodie ahead of his time. He would make pizza before it was even popular and his famous chili was to die for. When he had the chance to taste something unique he would always go for it. I remember one time he and my Mother had gone out for the evening. They returned late and I decided to get up for a post bedtime snack. He handed me a neatly folded napkin and told me he brought me something new to try. It was a fried frog leg! It was delicious and even more memorable because I knew he had wanted to share this adventure with me. My Father is gone now, along with his chili recipe that he carried to his grave. My Mother is in a nursing home and is unable to cook any longer. But I am determined to carry on the tradition of great food that was always a part of our family life. I think I have a genetic "wicked appetite" and food is surely a passion of mine. I wanted to share this very simple recipe that my Mom would make. It was a favorite of mine and I am going to make it this weekend in honor of my birthday.
I cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon butter.
You combine all these ingredients until it looks like a dense cake batter. You bake it in a small buttered pan at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes (give or take).
It is very simple and is a delicious base for fresh berries or a simple lemon glaze.
I still have the wind up cake plate that we used for all of our birthdays.When you turn the top it plays "Happy Birthday" and revolves around slowly. I am going to bake this cake and put it on that plate and enjoy a little slice of nostalgia on my happy day. My Mother is ninty one and I will be fifty three. I think we look pretty good for a couple of food loving old gals. Have a great weekend. I know I will.