It was delicious and we chatted as he cooked for me and as he likes to he talks about the past. Me as a little girl (I was his off-sider quite a bit in those days) and his childhood.
He was telling me how he makes his best mashed potato when he launched into telling me about a conversation he had with my Nan (his Mum). My uncle is a confirmed bachelor but he's had his fair share of romances - he's just not the 'settling down type' and my grandmother was quizzing him:
'What ever happened to that girl (insert name)? She was nice..' said my grandmother
"Yeah" responded my uncle :"It didn't work out but she made the best lamb curry, I still make it'.
'And what happened to what's-her-name... you know the one that lived in that house on the beach, she was nice...'
"oh yeah, she taught me how to make Beef wellington, top chick that one'
Eventually the story came around to the mashed potatoes which he credits another one of his former loves with imparting his favourite potato recipe to him.. and now to me.
And he said - although he's a bachelor, and there's no one in his life, he has the best lot of recipes from these women who have come in and out of his life - it wasn't wasted.
Interesting! And such a great philosophy!
So then I started to think about it - yes, I learned how to fry an egg properly from one of my ex-boyfriends and of course all the recipes I've learned from my Nan, Mum, Dad - even my mother in law...
And of course, I left him with a recipe of my own - my famous meatloaf!
Where have you picked up recipes along the way? Ex-boyfriends, girlfriends, flatmates, friends...?