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What's Your Earliest Conscious Food Memory?


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What's Your Earliest Conscious Food Memory?

mamachef | Nov 13, 2010 08:05 PM

I'm talking about what you remember, vividly, as your first conscious pleasurable experience with food: not what your mom tells you about your childhood like/dislikes; not what you "remember" about your 1-year-old Birthday cake from seeing it over and over on 8mm family movies, but your own recollections. My two oldest food-related memories are of being maybe, 3 and having Gramma Mimi's homemade chicken soup with matzo balls and farfel (which is toasted bits of matzoh cracker.) That soup was so good; clear and golden and savory and warm; scented with love. The matzo ball was delicious; pillowy and flavorful all the way through. She'd always garnish it with snipped dill or parsley. The farfel had a crispy texture and a nutty, buttery taste, and it would slowly absorb the soup and soften. I remember feeling safe, warm, protected. I didn't know the word "nourished", but if I had I could've used it that day.
The next is maybe 6 months later. I remember being with my dad in the garden, and how it smelled. I didn't know until that day that you could actually smell different shades of green. I remember the sky, how blue it was, and how warm the sun felt, and how good it was to crouch and get my hands dirty. And daddy handed me a whole warm tomato, fresh-off-the-vine, that he'd given a quick rinse with the garden hose. He'd brought a salt and peppershaker out with us, and we had us a little tomato picnic, so deep and luscious and juicy and fruity....
What's yours?

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