Recipe = Treasure Map

I love family recipes.  I really don’t have too many.  It’s one of those things where you get a little older and you really wish you would have paid attention to your grandma and even your mom and watched and learn how they did things.  I love the thought of passing something down so natural and ritualistic as preparing food.  Sometimes it doesn’t even have to be a recipe.  It can just be eating toast and cheese with a cup of tea.  I always think of my grandma when I make that.  And I always think of my dad when I put honey on my toast.  It’s the personable aspect and the thoughtful meaning behind the every day task of preparing food and the way we eat it.
I have been bugging my older family members for information and old recipes.  A couple of month’s ago my Great Aunt found some handwritten recipes from my Great Grandma.  I was thrilled.  Even if I never bake them (which of course I’ll attempt) just to have the handwritten papers to me is like a treasure map of sorts.  They are cake recipes, which is perfect because I much prefer baking.  I thought I would start with the easiest of the lot which was a Lemon Pound Cake.  My grandpa had a short visit to the hospital this weekend and I thought this might cheer him up, as it is his mom’s recipe (and no one can live up to her cooking, at least with him).
This is not a “from scratch” recipe.  So I’m assuming that this was something she made later in life.  And here is the best part of all…It calls for a cake mix and when I looked at the box there was a pound cake recipe on the side and wouldn’t you know it was almost the same.  I had a chuckle.  This is a slight variation but sometimes these little variations make a big difference.  Anyhow, my grandpa thought it was wonderful, which definitely says something!
This goes lovely with tea!
Great Grandma Hardcastle’s Pound Cake
*1 box Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme cake mix
*1 pkg instant jello lemon pudding
*6 eggs
*1/2 cup mazola oil
*1/2 cup milk
*1/2 cup water
Mix at high speed 4 to 5 minutes.  Bake in a slightly greased angel food cake pan at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes.


  • Julia
    Commented on September 30th, 2008 at 10:48am

    This sounds utterly delicious :) Thank you so much for posting!

  • paula
    Commented on September 30th, 2008 at 12:00pm

    this looks so yummy! may i had you to my blog role? i find yours to be very inspiring.

  • Porchlight Interiors
    Commented on September 30th, 2008 at 5:32pm

    Thanks for sharing this – my grandma passed away last Friday and we burried her on Monday. My most treasured posession from her is an old hand written recipe book of all her favourites. Its amazing how food conjures up so many great memories of good times past. Tracey x

  • Chris
    Commented on September 30th, 2008 at 7:57pm

    Sounds really good. That’s a cool way to look at recipes, as treasure maps. They really are in a way. I’ve recently received some from my grand aunts, one who passed away last year. So it’s like passing down a slice of family history, so to speak :)

  • Savvy Mode SG
    Commented on September 30th, 2008 at 11:26pm

    i can’t bake but i think i can do that. looks yummy!

  • Mrs.French
    Commented on October 1st, 2008 at 1:12am

    YUM! I had to save it…

  • vicki archer
    Commented on October 1st, 2008 at 1:20am

    I have tagged you today so play along if you want. xv

  • la la Lovely
    Commented on October 1st, 2008 at 10:53am

    Thank you all for your sweet comments. And how wonderful that some of you have some treasured recipes to hold on to and pass down. It keeps family alive.

    Tracey – I’m so sorry to hear about your’s so hard to lose a grandma. You’ll be in my prayers!

    I’ll be sure to post a few more recipes from time to time!


  • pve design
    Commented on October 1st, 2008 at 12:59pm

    …then you will love what I am about to send you!

  • please sir
    Commented on October 1st, 2008 at 1:12pm

    Yum – what a great recipe – thanks!

  • la la Lovely
    Commented on October 1st, 2008 at 9:47pm

    PVE- I’m so curious!!!!

    You’re welcome, please sir!

  • Primrose
    Commented on October 3rd, 2008 at 7:27pm

    As others have said, when my much loved Nanny passed away, the only thing I wanted was her battered old recipe book. I think her daughters thought at first I was mad but since then they often ask me for her recipes! I feel her so strongly every time I open the book. She was a real old country-woman. Had eight children and was definitely a woman of her time. So much to admire in her spirit and giving nature. I plan to pass the book onto my daughter and I hope she values the book’s soul as well. x

  • la la Lovely
    Commented on October 4th, 2008 at 10:08am

    What a treasure you have Primrose…. My great grandma (who’s recipe is posted) had 12 children. Sometimes i wish I could just travel back in time and see how these how these women did it. I know they didn’t have all the pressure of today to go everywhere and have everything but imagine living in very teeny house with so many children and no eating out…

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