Sunday, March 01, 2009
Happy birthday, grandmom!
My grandmother, Astrid, would have been 100 years old today. She passed away quite a few years ago though, but I think of her often. All my early food memories are of her food - she often babysat when I was little, and often cooked for our whole family. So, today, we decided to have a real grandmom-dinner in her honor. We hung a photo of her at the head of the table, lit candles and had some lovely tulips, which was one of her favorite flowers. I made Swedish kroppkakor and we ended the meal with a very basic meringue swiss which was a real treat whenever I spent the night with her.
When my mother and aunt were little, ice cream wasn't widely available so then it was just meringues, whipped cream and homemade chocolate sauce, but when I came along, ice cream was definitely added too. Her chocolate sauce is incredibly simple, but so good - just take equal proportions of sugar, cocoa powder and cold water and whisk until smooth.
Happy birthday, grandmom. I miss you very much.