When Grandma Clara turned 95, her daughter Hazel and granddaughter Cheryl prepared the family’s’ time-honored poppy seed cake for the celebration. It was Clara's husband Sam’s favourite cake that she baked every year for his birthday, so it was fitting that Clara’s family chose to prepare this same cake honoring his memory.
In this episode of 'Dishing Up the Past' the poppy seed cake is passed down to yet another generation as Grandma Hazel and Cheryl teach Cheryl's son Dan how to bake the cake. Along the way they discuss the important roles food and cooking have played in their family's story – and why this 'secret' recipe may not be so secret after all.
Food brings us together; one shared plate can produce countless moments and memories. The Roots & Recipes project aims to collect recipes and kitchen stories from first and second generation immigrants in Montreal in an inter-generational video series, Dishing Up the Past, and through live events.
For full recipes and more visit http://www.rootsandrecipes.com
This project was made possible by Gen J.