I lost my dad too young. My interest in food has its origins as much from dad’s passion for eating as it does from the baking of my mum, Aunty Dossie and Aunty Mona. Dad took us to restaurants while we were still young children. Sometimes we went to ‘exotic’ places like the Sukiyaki Rooms in Kings Cross where the menus were not in English and we had to take off our shoes to sit on tatami. My brother and I bothed ‘played’ restaurants at home cooking for mum and dad, and then both went on to cook in restaurants.
Today, on Fathers’ Day, I was looking through some of mum’s old handwritten cookbooks. Only one recipe mentions dad. This one titled: “Dad’s Favourite Date Slice”
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup coconut
1 cup self raising flour
1/2 cup sugar
125 g (4oz) butter
Add melted butter to sifted flour and other dry ingredients. Mix well. Add lightly beaten egg. Press into greased tin and bake for around 20 minutes in a slow oven. (mum’s slow varies – i’d say from experience this should be more like moderate to slow around 140C / 280F – time will depend on the size of the tin)
Cut into fingers when cold.