Food has incredible POWER to make our day a little bit brighter or put a smile on a face. Tastes, flavors and aromas seem to cut the the cobwebs and access memories and feelings of long ago. It can soften the heart. Movies have told us this for years. Babette’s Feast, Ratatouille and The 100 Foot Journey are a few that come quickly to mind.
We were able to assist and witness such an event on Friday.
Last week we made Dulce de Leche and offered it Friday with sliced apples as our crêpe special. One of our customers said that growing up in South America it was a family favorite. Ours reminded her of those days. tha was very flattering. Then she said she would bring her mother by that afternoon. We agreed to reserve two orders. She warned us that her mother might not like the crêpe and might complain.
She gave us the warning because sadly, her mother has dementia. She does not remember people or things and does not like anything. The daughter hoped the taste might trigger memories of their family and be something enjoyable.
Happy to report that the mother finished her plate. The daughter said it was the first time in two years she had eaten more than a few bites of a restaurant meal. Smiles on both faces.
We enjoy making food for people, but this special moment was over the top.
May all mothers have such daughters.