There are some great sayings in Spanish, one of my favourite being “El diablo sabe más
por viejo que por diablo”. It certainly loses something when translated into English, but a fairly literal translation would be that the devil knows more because he is old, than because he is the devil…… or…………. as one gets old one gains wisdom.
It is said that the language we speak reflects the importance we put on things, the more words we have, the more important the topic. For example there are several verbs in Spanish for “to eat”, depending upon the time of day one is actually eating! I guess that shows the importance of food to the Spaniards. Spanish also has a different “you” used when talking to their elders. Unfortunately it is falling somewhat into disuse, particularly with the Spanish youth. Is this therefore a reflection that the younger generation is less respectful towards their elders? I suspect that if you were to ask Spanish teachers they would wholeheartedly agree………
………. Well back to our elders, or at leat mine. Today’s article, and others I plan on writing over the next few months, aim to celebrate the culinary knowledge of the elder generations in my family. Today I will be writing about one of my Grandmother’s cakes that I have taken from her own handwritten recipe book. I hope you enjoy it.
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