A few years ago my mother left her broken body and a mind controlled by Alzheimer's, and crossed to the place she believed my father was waiting for her. The Memory of Chiffon is my journey to remember, to chronicle the beautiful and the heartbreaking that was her life, and to share her joy in baking for the people she loved. I hope you will join me on this journey...perhaps to gain a deeper understanding of Alzheimer's, to get a couple of awesome recipes, or maybe just to get to know this woman I loved and called 'Mom'.

September 18, 2018

Next to every recipe in my mother's recipe books is the name of the person who gave it to her...someone who meant something to her, who laughed with her, baked with her and had tea with her. Someone she helped or heard. Someone she loved more than herself. My mother's...

July 29, 2018

Six years ago, on 29 July - my brother Angelo’s birthday – my mother passed away at the age of 88, ending her 13-year battle with Alzheimer’s...a struggle I can only describe as torturous suffering that nobody should have to go through. A struggle characterized by prof...

September 13, 2017

My very first memory is of my mother yelling at my Nono – at about seven o’clock on a sunny morning. I was two years old. I remember sitting in the dining room on our farm in Pretoria, at a small burgundy-coloured table, across from my Nono - my father’s Croatian fathe...

August 20, 2017

Last week I celebrated my birthday. For as long as my family and friends have known me, they have known how much I love this day. They know that it’s intensely personal and very significant to me, but no one really knows why. Why it means so much. Why I used to wake up...

July 29, 2017

So this is the start of the journey and it is right that it is today. Five years ago on the 29th July, my mother who had been suffering with Alzheimer's for almost 15 years, was given a bed bath by her carer while I sat stroking her hair and telling her she was beautif...

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