My Mother used to make the Chocolate Roll recipe by Dione Lucas, for me as a treat!
It has TWELVE eggs, so it was for very special occasions only, read: Birthday!
I remember there wasn't enough Cocoa for it one time, but undaunted, Mum rang several Deli's til she found one stocking Van Houten Cocoa. It was in a suburb 50 minutes' away! So off we went on our cocoa adventure, across many suburbs!
Bear in mind this was in the late '50's-early '60's!
It's such a magnificent recipe.
I tried to make it once, as a 'new' wife to impress husband. It turned out OK, but certainly NOT as good as Mum could make it!
Mum was THE best Cordon Bleu cook. She would've loved to have known that my son is a Head Chef. Her Mother was a great Country cook.
I adored cooking, still do. My 'Dinner Nights' were never declined by any invitee!
And, are still spoken about by various couples', some 30 years' later!
Thanks, jonaj, yes my Mum was an extraordinary woman, in many ways. I miss her everyday. She as only 63 when she died, of cancer, exactly one month after I married.
I remember one night, several friends' & I were going to a Winter Ball, & Mum organised a Pre-Ball meal for them. It was a banquet fit for the Queen! Started with Soup, then Entree, Main Course, & Dessert, Tea or Coffee, with Cheese Board! The variety of dishes was marvellous, cooked to perfection.
The Dinner Table had a beautiful Irish Linen Lemon Tablecloth, Silver Cutlery, Table Decorations which Mum had made in the colours' of the Ball's Theme.
Mum had gone to just SO much 'trouble', but that was her!
This was 1971, & am still in contact with those friends' who still speak of that Dinner, in glowing terms!
We did have a fabulous time at the Ball!
Gosh. Hard to pick a real favourite but I think home made apple pie with freshly whipped cream. For cake it is my home made fig and rhubarb cake made with almond meal and drizzled with honey before baking.
My VERY favourite is...TIRAMISU..Once they served 3 different ones on a cruise, but the 1 I've loved most, & I've tried a few, is at Rita's, in Richmond, Melbourne, Vic, It was heavenly. I've had it twice there now, & I hope the chef who makes them, is still there when we got back, later in 2016.
Being totally honest,I canNOT just name ONE favourite dessert!! I don't eat dessert every evening after dinner, My mother used to make a spectacularly buttery Crumble topping which she would use on top of many fruits when in season down in Victoria where I grew up;,and the fresh blackberries which we'd pick as kids from up on the hill close to home,definitely made a scrumptious dessert!! Her apple with cinnamon and sultanas was pretty darn good too!! I must admit that I am now rather partial to sorbet as well,whether home made or the fabulous varieties made by Weiss here in Qld!!