Fishcakes and football

Nana was cooking the girls some beefburgers, their favourite kind, Marks and Spencer Aberdeen Angus, wedges and garlicky beans (with garlic and butter, the two surefire ways to make vegetables appealing), before they headed out to Brownies. The rain was lashing down and my husband, her son, was about to head off in his thermals and watch his team strive for the cup quarter finals. For him, tuna fishcakes and baked beans seemed to tick all the boxes – quick, easy, no pressure and padding against the cold.

My mother-in-law and I have cooked many roast Sunday lunches, extravagant parties and fancy dinners together, but there is something deeply satisfying, grounding and homely about cooking simple food together on a Wednesday evening, for your children/grandchildren and husband/ son.

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