I’m going home to Boston to celebrate my niece’s first birthday this weekend. As a trained chef and the resident family cook, I’ve been tasked with making her cake for the celebration. I immediately asked my sister for some inspiration.
Me: What is her favorite flavor?
Sister: Umm, she really likes Cheerios and sweet potatoes.
I realize now that 1 is a bit young for favorite cake flavors, but it got me thinking about my own favorite foods from childhood. For as long as I can remember, my birthday cake was a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting from the bakery in our local supermarket. Even today, one bite of that chocolate combo and I’m instantly transported back to the kitchen of my childhood home. I don’t eat a blueberry without thinking of my mother — she’s a blueberry fanatic. Cinnamon-raisin toast with peanut butter will forever remind me of my grandparents in Maine — it was often my breakfast during visits.
Specific foods trigger surprisingly strong emotional responses. A single bite of a long-cherished recipe can flood your brain with memories of friends or family. Just the smell of a seemingly forgotten dish can transport you back in time.
What food reminds you of your childhood? Let me know in the comments.Add a Comment
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