Reflections and Recipes
In Support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation
Stirring Memories: Reflections and Recipes is a food memoir and is a wonderful collection of 80 submissions, each consisting of a story and a recipe remembering families and friends. The book was put together by a wonderful group of Edmonton women known as the GANG – Grandmothers of Alberta for a New Generation. It is a fund-raiser to support African grandmothers caring for AIDS-orphaned children through the Stephen Lewis Foundation. What better way is there to remind us that we share common needs – the gathering of, preparing and sharing food with our families – that we recognize the value of sharing family stories with future generations.
My contribution to Stirring Memories was a recipe for tourtière, French-Canadian meat pie as it was made by my mother and by her mother. The recipe is accompanied by a story which tells what happened when I tried to write down the ingredients and the amount of each required for the pie as my grandmother made it to show me how it was done. At the time of this story, I was in my early twenties and my grandmother was in her mid-eighties.
Books are available for purchase at $20 each with all proceeds after expenses going to the Stephen Lewis Foundation in support of African grandmothers caring for orphaned children.
Further information is available at the GANG web site.