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The matriarch and the family secret recipe
You want to write about your grandmother and her secret recipe.
 
Grandmother Choi was a true-to-life matriarch Her word was law in the household.

Her daughters-in-law kept out of her way, if they could escape her eye. The only person who could put in a word edgeways was her favorite youngest daughter and I happened to be the beloved granddaughter. But I made sure that I did not incur her wrath unknowingly.

As for my grandfather, he tolerated her ways, indulging her whims and fancies but he stopped short of letting her have the upper hand when his business cronies were around. Then you would see my grandmother in a different light: a demure, obedient, dutiful wife.

Grandmother ruled the kitchen. She could because she was an excellent cook. She could whip up a feast for a banquet in a jiffy. She remembered all the recipes passed down to her by her grandmother and mother, both matriarchs before her. There was no need for her to measure the ingredients. Just a handful, just a cup, just a pinch and it was all just right.

However, Mother told me that there was one recipe which no one knew anything about. Whenever she needed to cook it, everyone was barred from the kitchen. Then she would do everything from buying the ingredients to preparing to cooking to cleaning to serving. We did not know what it was called but we gave it our own tag: Grandma's Magic Tonic.

The dish would only be served on special occasions. Grandmother was adamant in not revealing the recipe to anyone not even to her favorite daughter and granddaughter.

Then, it happened out of the blue. Grandmother had just cordoned off the kitchen when we heard a loud thud. We Mother and I ran to the kitchen and saw her sprawled on the floor, grimacing in pain. Her face was ashen and we could almost feel her pain. the excruciating pain was all over her alabaster face.

"Help me up, please. These ageing legs are a minus factor in the kitchen. Since you two are the only ones at home at this moment, you two are to be the recipients of my secret recipe."

My jaw dropped. Mother looked at me, with her eyes about to pop out. We held our breath, unwilling to expel any cries of glee in case the "old tyrant" changed her mind, a stance often employed by her devious mind to subject us to immediate obedience.

She measured out all the ingredients with her antique measuring cup. he gave an indulgent smile. It was a "new" grandmother: she was never this "entertaining". Indeed, she was all sugar and spice, serene and tranquil.

Then she spoke softly and sweetly. "Take a scented bath before you commence cooking. Become serene and give thanks for the good life. As you prepare the ingredients, concentrate on the ingredients and think peaceful pure thoughts. Give thanks that those about to consume this dish will enjoy it and be blessed. Continue in this frame of mind throughout the preparation, cooking, serving and eating."

I could hardly believe my ears. Grandmother was advocating peaceful pure vibrations to create the atmosphere for healthy living.

Grandmother had given us the family secret recipe: to enjoy doing what we do and to give thanks for a good bountiful life.

     
her whims and fancies   whatever she feels like doing
     
ashen   pale
     
alabaster   white
 
 

 

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