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Verses from my Kitchen: Lemon Sponge Pudding

February 12, 2011

Lemon Sponge Pudding

My wife and I love to entertain. It's a great excuse to have friends over and steal memories from one another. I used to believe it was the food that made the night but I now know differently, it's all about the people you surround yourself with. Great individuals from different backgrounds with equally important voices to be heard. All of us unique as much as we are similar.

Last night we had a couple of friends arriving from Germany and spending the night with us. For them it was just their first stop on a two week vacation, but for us it was more than that. It was an opportunity to establish new beginnings and set them up for a trip they'll never forget. Whenever we have friends staying with us we like to give them some love and hospitality.

They were due to land around 8pm in Toronto and by the time they cleared customs, grabbed a rental car and made their way to our house it was after 10pm. We invited some friends and neighbours over for some food and cocktails so we could properly greet them. This was going to be a 12 hour visit, but it was going to feel a lot more than that. It was going to feel like home on the other side of the world.

They finally arrived to a welcome fit for a king. Lots of smiling faces and cocktails welcoming them home, if only for a moment. We stayed up and visited and talked for hours. There were great stories exchanged and conversations about our different customs, sometimes better customs. After a few hours it felt like the room was full of people that had known each other all their lives. Some of us had just met our new German friends but they felt like family. They were family.

It was well into the early morning before we called it a night. The food was gone, the liquor cabinet almost emptied and our old but new-again friends were on their way to bed. It had been a long day with travel and it was 9am back home so they needed the rest. We all needed the rest.

This morning came quicker than expected. I guess heading to be after 3am does that to you. My wife put on a big pot of coffee and I got to work preparing the food. In a few short hours they would be on their to Michigan so they needed the fuel, and we needed more time together. We sat around the table lost in the moment and eating up the last of our time together.

It's a cliche but time does fly by when you're having fun. We shared experiences and life-bonding stories that will hold up for a few more years until we see each other again. We noshed on the food in front of us which helps nourish the conversation. I set up a full brunch and finished it with these lovely Lemon Curd Puddings. The perfect ending to an amazing visit.

I know we won't see our friends again soon but it feels like they're always with us now. Every once in a while I can flip through the images in my mind and remember just how nice it was to see them again.

From my house to yours, happy eating!

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At February 13, 2011 at 10:37 AM , Blogger Diethood.com said...

Oh your friends are soooo lucky - I can only imagine the yumminess that you served!!
I also love preparing great food for friends that are coming from out of town... or country.

At February 13, 2011 at 11:50 AM , Blogger Sara said...

It's all about the people with have in our life...and about this lemon sponge pudding. It looks fantastic and I'm so glad I have lemons in the fridge :)

At February 13, 2011 at 1:44 PM , Blogger Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

I want the recipe!

At February 13, 2011 at 3:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friends really do make the world go around... the joyous time you shared will be forever linked to the scent of lemon and the gorgeous texture in those pudding cups!

At February 13, 2011 at 4:17 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Thanks Kate. Way too kind. I just try to give them a good meal and a better time. It's nice to show the love for touring friends. Thanks!

Sara, it is about the people in our lives. No question. A pudding is just a vehicle between us. Thank you.

Ok Mardi, I'll add it. Enjoy!

Brooks, I appreciate it. Thank you! Ya gotta have friends!

At February 13, 2011 at 7:00 PM , Blogger Sunny said...

I love all things lemon and would love the recipe like right away, please...

At February 14, 2011 at 7:12 AM , Blogger Rochelle said...

This looks great! I don't usually think of sponge cake being lemon in flavor but if it's as good as it looks I'm on the lemon sponge cake bandwagon!

At February 14, 2011 at 8:15 AM , Blogger Carolyn said...

These are so lovely, a great way to send your friends off on their N. American journey.

At February 14, 2011 at 8:41 PM , Blogger All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

Even though the time was short, it sounds like they will have many memories to take with them. What a wonderful way to welcome friends. I think they will have great memories of this lemon sponge pudding. I know that I would.

At March 13, 2011 at 2:13 PM , Blogger Culinarian said...

What a lovely post...and delicious looking dessert. The link doesn't appear to be working. Can you share the recipe?

At March 22, 2011 at 4:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes I'd like the recipe too! That looks amazing!

At March 28, 2011 at 8:33 AM , Anonymous Eftychia said...



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