Growing up in a small town in the seventies was really great and I never realized how privileged I was, until SideView’s weekend theme about Childhood made me go back on memory lane!
I remembered the following wonderful things that we use to do when I was a child:
- My best friend and I would walk to the public library at least once a week to take out books. Can you remember how VERY quiet a public library was in those days? Almost sacred!!
- I use to cycle to school, since I was in high school, and visited a lot of my friends in the afternoons, cycling! I also cycled to all my sport practices!
- We use to practice athletics by running long distances from the school and then out of town.
- We walked to the public swimming pool every Friday afternoon and almost the whole school would meet there and have fun.
- We also walked at night to the swimming pool on Saturday nights or to the coffee shop on sunday nights!
Growing up in the city my children never had the privilege to cycle to school or to their friends. The only times they went cycling was with us, alongside the beach or if we were on holiday. They also never walked anywhere, especially not at night!
We went to the disco at the swimming pool, every friday night and my mother used to fetch me at eleven!
During the holidays we would get a lift with a donkey car to the Sport club to go and play tennis.
In Standard 9 and 10 we used to go to the drive-in, just our girls, and danced on the bonnet! (One night we actually got kicked out for making to much of a noise!)
We made turns to drive the boys motorcycles at high speed in the longest streets in the town and I just loooooved it!!
We went to the corner café for parfaits!
Of course food wise there are a lot of memories, because my mother was the best cook, ever! I remember all the preparations for our annual holiday toMargate. My mother used to bake buttermilk rusks and loads of biscuits, such as ginger biscuits, shortbread, hertzoggies, soetkoekies, etc!
I also remember eating pomegranates, guavas, apricots and peaches directly from the trees in our garden! We also ate a lot of fish and chips form the Portuguese fishery.
My mother always made chicken soup when I was sick but strangely enough I haven’t cooked chicken soup till about two weeks ago, when I was really feeling sick. The main reason, I think, was because my mother always cooked it when I was sick and thinking about it made me missing my mother toooooooo much and secondly it reminded me of being sick!
The chicken soup recipe:
1 whole chicken, approximately 1.2kg
1 onion, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1cm grated fresh ginger
3 celery sticks, chopped
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 bay leaves
8 black peppercorns
4 litres water
2 pieces of bacon, chopped
1 potato, peeled and chopped
salt to taste
Place the chicken with the onion, garlic ginger, 2 celery sticks, 2 carrots, bay leaves and peppercorns in a large saucepan with the water.
Bring to the boil and simmer on low heat for 90- minutes or until the chicken is soft. Remove the chicken from the broth and keep aside to cool down a bit.
Strain the broth through a sieve and reserve the broth.
When the chicken is cooled down a bit remove the skin and debone the chicken. Cube the chicken meat and return to the sauce pan with the broth, the remaining celery and carrots, the bacon and the potato. Season to taste and simmer for 30minutes until the vegetables are soft.
Add the pasta and cook until the pasta is just soft.
Garnish with the rosemary and serve hot with some crusty bread.