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Friday, 23 August 2013

Recipe for Happiness

When sifting through my Mother's old recipe books I found this;-

 My husband and sons are fanatical about cricket and I have made many a cricket tea in the past; cheese and tomato, egg and cress and ham sandwiches being obligatory, sometimes with the fourth loaf being made of tuna, salmon or cucumber. Then there are the cakes; flapjacks, Victoria sponge, ginger loaf, chocolate brownies, melting moments, fruit cake. Everything taking hours to make/assemble and being devoured in a matter of minutes. But I wouldn't have it any other way! Cricket has brought many friendships and much laughter into our lives.

I have no recollection of my Mother using The Tea Interval but she obviously did. She was a good cook but a messy one. I can tell which pages she used from the splodges! She obviously made the onion quiche, the apple and cinnamon cake, the tangy lemon cake and the marmalade tea loaf. From the state of the page, the sesame peanut crispies were very popular although strangely I don't remember eating them.

But it wasn't actually the recipes themselves which caught my eye, it was the message on the first page. Here it is:-

A Recipe for Happiness

                                  4 Cups of Love
                                                                                     2 Cups of Loyalty
                                  3 Cups of Forgiveness
                                                                                 1 Cup of Friendship
                                  2 Spoons of Hope
                                                                            2 Spoons of Tenderness
                                  4 Quarts of Faith
                                                                                 1 Barrel of Laughter

                                  Take love and loyalty
                                  Mix thoroughly with faith
                                  Blend it with tenderness
                                  Forgiveness and understanding
                                  Stir in friendship and hope
                                  Sprinkle abundantly with laughter
                                  Add in some sunshine
                                  And serve in generous helpings to everyone you meet

There are many variations of this recipe but they all convey the same message - in my opinion, not just a recipe for happiness, but a recipe for the game of cricket, at its best, and even more than that, a recipe for life itself.

Thank-you for reading and may you be on the receiving end of all of these qualities this week. Next week I plan to bake those sesame peanut crispies. I'll let you know what they are like.



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