Prerana Sastri

Editorial Assistant at Kitchen Stories

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This article is part of our monthly issue “#ThrowbackNovember,” in which we’ll explore various aspects of childhood memory through the lens of food. We’ll share fun recipes that riff on those memories and a slew of fantastic videos featuring our team in hopes that you’ll watch, share, and comment on with your own nostalgia-filled takes. Check out this link to find an overview of all our weekly topics, stories, recipes, and more.

Nothing tastes like home, and often our fondest food memories are filled with meals shared in the company of loved ones. My Sunday mornings as a child always looked the same: Groggy-eyed, I’d walk into the kitchen while my dad would be stooped over the kitchen top making perfectly round dosas (which is more fun to watch than make). My sister and I would bring out a plate piled with many dosas and some fresh coconut-cilantro chutney to the dining table, along with chocolate milk for the kids and tea for the adults—I wouldn’t change a thing.

As we grow older, we naturally make our own food memories through travels, and trying out new cuisines and experiences. But when it all boils down to comfort, it’s usually home we’re all reaching for. Whether it’s grandma’s traditional, love-laden meals, dad’s ritualistic barbecues or mum’s special Sunday roasts, we all carry some food nostalgia that shapes our eating habits as adults. Some secret recipes are passed down generations and even become a part of our culinary heirloom. Here’s a sneak-peak into the kitchens of our global community and their family’s culinary secrets.

Austrian egg spätzle

Austrian egg spätzle

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Grandma's Chicken Pie

Grandma's Chicken Pie

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Traditional potato soup

Traditional potato soup

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Traditional obatzda (Bavarian cheese spread)

Traditional obatzda (Bavarian cheese spread)

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Family Edition Red Braised Pork Belly

Family Edition Red Braised Pork Belly

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Grandma's Greek Halva with pistachios and cardamom

Grandma's Greek Halva with pistachios and cardamom

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Braised shrimps

Braised shrimps

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Granny’s Hash Browns

Granny’s Hash Browns

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Matsutake chicken-tofu

Matsutake chicken-tofu

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Grandma Maria's pierogi with white cabbage

Grandma Maria's pierogi with white cabbage

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Mum's cheesecake

Mum's cheesecake

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Traditional Butter Cake (The Best!)

Traditional Butter Cake (The Best!)

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Grandma's marble cake

Grandma's marble cake

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Mum’s special choc chip cookies

Mum’s special choc chip cookies

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Grandma's liver dumplings

Grandma's liver dumplings

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