Andrew was about eleven at the time. He loved to be under foot in the kitchen when Grandma was cooking. One day they were making a cold cake that became a family favorite.
"Why don't you write down the recipe" I asked him. "We don't want to forget how to make this cake. It is delicious."
Next day when I came home from work, he handed me a piece of paper, that is one of my cherished posessions even today. I wish I could give it to you in his handwriting.
Here is Andrew's version of Grandma's Cold Cake.
Put one egg white in coffee. Put yolk in a stick of margerine. Put 12.5 dekagram sugar in coffee. 12.5 dekagram in butter. Cream butter until soft. add 1 tbspn. cocoa to coffee, heat to boil. Let cool. Mix 20 dekagram shredded walnuts and 20 dekagram shredded NILLA wafers. 2 spoons (wooden) rum into coffee cocoa mix.
I reconstructed the ingredients list including his comment: 1 stick margerine, 6 tablespoons coffee (preferably espresso) 1 tablespoon cocoa, 20 dekagram (7 oz) NILLA wafers. 12.5 dekagram (4 oz) unsalted butter, 1 egg, separated, 25 dekagram (8 oz ) sugar, 20 dekagram ( 7oz) shredded walnuts, 2 teaspoons rum, Graham cracker crumbs (sic. to clean your fingers).
Andrew just celebrated his 36th birthday.
John Gomperz is a student in my online writing personal and family history class. John emigrated to the United States in 1956 after the Hungarian revolution. In his own words 'for my waning years [I] decided to pick up writing as a hobby next to cooking.' We are all the better for his decision.