My dad is a great story-teller. It’s something that I love about him and a bond that we share. I love to hear the stories of his childhood in a small fishing village. I love to hear stories about my ancestors and my heritage. And I appreciate every one of them because they make the generations past seem real to me.
This year for my birthday he gave me the best gift.
He gave me an old cookbook that was my great-grandfathers. My father is named after him and he died in 1927 in an accident. He was a cook on a tug boat and my grandmother got this book when they went to retrieve his body and belongings. It just made me feel so much more that cooking must be in my genes. That I’m doing the right thing.
I decided to try the recipe for Fruit Fritters that was in there. I love how some of the pages are marked with pencil and some have drops of whatever on them.
I wonder, did he make the Fruit Fritters?
On my card my dad said that my great-grandfather would have been proud of the work I have done in the kitchen.
Gosh, that is just the best gift isn’t it?
For my fritters I used peaches. It’s peach season around here and they are big and juicy and so sweet. Apples would be good too.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp grated nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 4-5 medium peaches, peeled and sliced into 1 inch slices
- powdered sugar for dusting
1. Sift dry ingredients together. Add milk and eggs and mix until smooth.
2. Heat canola oil to 350° in a deep pan or fryer. Batter peach slices and gently drop into oil. Fry for 3-5 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar. Best eaten warm.