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Childhood Memories

Have you ever noticed how certain foods can immediately send you back in time? It is amazing how powerful food memories can be. Does anyone remember those little ice cream cups with the wooden sticks. One spoonful and I am instantly 6 years old. Or taking a bite of a Creamsicle. That reminds me of running down the street, chasing after the ice cream truck. *Note* Is there anything funnier than watching kids freak out when they hear that familiar jingle?

Popcorn Twists--I haven't eaten these in years. They remind me of hot, summer days, riding my bike over to the local swimming pool. I am sure if I tried one now I would instantly feel the sun beating down on my skin and smell the chlorine in the air.

When I was young , my family used to camp in the Okanagan Valley every summer. The smell of a fresh peach will instantly send me back. In fact, whenever we are at a farmer's market I can never resist picking up a ripe peach and inhaling that sweet, peach-y, aroma. This is about the time my husband will slowly back away from me, pretending that I am a complete stranger.

Certain foods can also remind you of special people in your life. My late grandfather had a vegetable garden. Popping fresh peas out of their pods, straight into my mouth, always reminds me of him.

Christmas dinner would not be complete without my Grandmother's Steamed Carrot Pudding, served with a hard butter sauce and a lemon sauce. This reminds me, I really need to get this recipe. My mom makes shortbread cookies every year during the holidays. That fragrant smell of those cookies baking in the oven, just smells like Christmas to me.

My father didn't really do much cooking when I was growing up but he did make a delicious rice pudding. I think it would be impossible to eat rice pudding without thinking of my dad.

Cold fried chicken and pink lemonade will always remind me of picnics at Stanley Park. And no birthday is complete without my mom's famous Chocolate Wacky Cake, although my favourite part is still licking the icing bowl clean.

It really is amazing how food can evoke such wonderful childhood memories.

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