The tears that came from reading Anna's post came from that feeling I always get now when I go to other peoples funerals. It always brings up the pain I felt at losing my Dad, and it always makes me especially feel for those people who have lost someone close to them. Funerals are a blessing and a curse, they are such an emotional wrench yet they are such an important part of the grieving process. I always love hearing the kinds of anecdotes that get spoken of at funerals, they are usually filled with a lot of love. I remember getting huge comfort from the words spoken about my father from his extended family, friends and coworkers at his funeral.
I must say that I have very fond memories of my Dad, especially when it comes to food. He was very adventurous in his tastes and used to delight in trying different kinds of food, even more so if it made us squirm. I remember him gleefully eating snails at a restaurant, slurping down raw kina, and making beetroot and twistie sandwiches! He certainly encouraged us to try new things though, it was great growing up and being exposed to lots of different styles of food.
I remember my first fine dining experience with my mum and dad when I was 15, it still sits firmly in my memory. It was on the top floor of a hotel in Auckland and Dad had a mango fish dish, which seemed terribly exotic at the time!
So to mark the day I decided to cook a meal that reminded me of Dad. He loved seafood so our starter was that great retro favourite: Prawn Cocktail! To follow we had Egg Foo Young, something he used to make for us on the few times he cooked (he was no slouch in the kitchen, but my mother is such a good cook he left her to it!!!!) with stir fry vege, and to finish none other than his favourite lollies, Licorice Allsorts! He used to have packets of these stowed away in his bedroom drawer and make them last for weeks, which always completely amazed us kids, we were of the belief that if the packet is open, it must be finished, NOW!
It was an enjoyable meal, all the better for remembering Dad. Mum proclaimed that he would have been pretty pleased with the Egg Foo Young, it was close to as good as how he made it!
Here's the recipe for the Egg Foo Young.....
1/2 onion, sliced
1/4 tsp chinese five spice
2 tsp cornflour
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp peanut oil
1 tsp sesame oil
Beat eggs, and 5 spice together. Mix soy sauce with cornflour to form paste then add to egg mix. Heat oils in pan and fry onions til soft. Add peas then eggs, stir as if making an omelette. When set on the bottom flip over like a pancake. Cook briefly then turn out onto a plate and devour!