What do you want your legacy to be?
What do you want people to remember about you after you’ve gone?
When I think about a person in particular that have influenced my love of food from an early age, I think about my grandfather who was a baker on Norfolk Island. Every time my brother and I went to stay at my grandparents place after school, I could always smell the aroma of freshly baked goods as we came up the drive way and into the doors of the house. I didn’t notice it then but now I see that the array of things he could make was incredible and the skill that he made them really confirmed why his food was not only loved by the family but the community as well. The crust on his pies, tarts and sausage rolls are always melt in your mouth and the fillings are always perfectly balanced and full of flavour!
Now as an adult, I have taken on the ideals that cooking represents love to me and I know when I create a meal from a family cookbook (from any side of the family) that its not just a dish that I am serving, it is a little piece of my memories and upbringing on a plate.
So when my grandparents started talking about what their legacy would be when they do unfortunately pass away one day, I immediately knew what I wanted from my grandfather to remember him by, his prized recipes that bring back so many happy childhood memories from me. Being the foodie that I am, there wasn’t a question in my mind that having the recipes meant more to me than words or trinkets could ever emotionally deliver.
Being who I am, I think that the recipes are the perfect way to kept the legacy of my grandfather alive as its something I can use. It won’t be sit on the shelves collecting dust and when I do make the beautiful cakes and tarts, I will remember sitting with my grandfather while he baked and watching with amazement as my senses went into over drive the amazing smells that were wafting around the house.
Coming from a family that love food, I take these legacy on with great pride and can’t wait to practice these amazing recipes so that I can now bring joy to my family as much as my grandfather has.
How will your family and friends remember you?
Will it be about the joy that you’ve created through your talents and will you inspire the next generation to show love through what they can create as well?
For me, I certainly hope I can achieve this!