one of my favorite things about eating food is that it not only feeds our bodies, but also feeds our souls. nothing else that i know of turns strangers into friends, evokes memories of people, places & experiences, and brings joy and light to our senses. all while nourishing and energizing us through life.
many foods remind me of my family. these in particular remind me of my mom.
my mom has always told stories of her grandmother's cornmeal cakes. she still remembers the way they would smell while she'd sit on her grandmother's back steps playing with their kittens. even though she has her grandmother's recipe, i don't know that she's ever quite been able to recreate her memories of those cakes. now, i think of my mom when i think of cornmeal cakes.
my mom is a fabulous cook. i credit her with my love of food. she always generously handed over her kitchen to her teenaged daughter to bake countless batches of chocolate chip cookies. that's where it all started for me. i think it was some time in those high school years that she introduced me to lemon curd. and oh, how we love it! when i see a jar of lemon curd on a grocery shelf, i have to restrain myself. (unless on the off chance that grocery shelf is at fortnum and mason in london, then i don't resist.) make this lemon curd the day before you make the cakes, so it has some good time to chill.
so this one's for you, momma.
credit where credit is due: my sweet and fabulously talented friend, clare, spent last year in paris studying how to make perfect pastries. amazing, huh? this lemon curd recipe was one of her favorites from a famous gourmet pastry shop, where she worked. it is a slice of lemon-y heaven on earth. seriously. i contemplated licking the blender blades...
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