Aletria: Portuguese Noodle Pudding
I considered telling the story of a woman and her granddaughter cooking together, sharing a moment, creating a bond, bridging the generation gap, and making up for lost time. But let's be honest here...at 84 years old, isn't it time to sit back, relax, have a cup of coffee, and let someone cook for you?!
My 84 year old grandmother (Vovó) from Portugal, recently here for an extended visit, was the inspiration for this post. Though we've had few visits throughout my adult life, I hold fond memories of our visits as a child...the snap dragons in her garden, the "giant" pine tree in her yard, the curtains hiding shelves of mystery in her basement, the blown glass (that we dared not touch) in her living room, the stacks and stacks (and stacks) of A Bola in the den, and the dish of aletria in the fridge ~made just for ME! (Well, my cousin Tina always had one too, so ~made just for us!) Sweet noodle pudding always decorated with a perfect diamond pattern of cinnamon...mmm!
Trust me on this one!
Aletria (Gil's Portuguese Recipes)
8 cups of milk ( 1/2 gallon)
1and 1/2 cups of sugar
1 tsp. of salt
1 tsp. of vanilla extract
1 ( 12oz) Pkg. of fine egg noodles
As for the story of the woman and her granddaughter...
Moments were shared, bonds were created, gaps were bridged, and as her eyes filled with tears when she whispered her goodbyes, and the sobs grew louder as the door shut behind us, the lost time seemed so very insignificant. New memories had been made.
We'll miss you Vovó!
Oh, and BTW, she gave my aletria 2 thumbs up (with a pinch more salt next time)! ;)