Of course, I didn't always get along with my Dad. There were the years in highschool, where I thought he was too hard on me, too strict, and just plain mean! I look back now and see that the decisions he made in raising me were to my benefit. He taught me to appreciate things, to love unconditionally, and to be true to myself. If he was reading this right now, he would be humbled. He doesn't believe that anything he has done has been that extroardinary, but I beg to differ. He has always said, "there is nothing wrong with being average." But there is nothing average about him....especially his taste in FOOD.
My Dad has got to be one of the best throw-it-together, one-pot-cooker, I have ever met. I don't think he got this trait from my Nana, because to be honest with you...she wasn't the best cook! He get's this from not being afraid to try new things, to be daring, and just unique.
His favorite dessert is Trifle. There is no recipe for this deliciously fresh dessert. As a matter of fact, part of the fun of making it is that it tastes different everytime. So, here is how I made it for Father's Day this year. Feel free to change whatever you want in it. I promise you, it won't disappoint.
A Trifle Fit for a King
2 packages lady fingers or a loaf of pound cake
1/4 cup dark rum (or liquer of choice)
16oz container of tapioca or vanilla pudding
lots of fresh fruit (bananas, kiwi, peaches, berries)
1 cup of whipping cream*
sprinkle of powdered sugar
In a trifle dish (or clear bowl), layer lady fingers in the bottom, drizzle with rum. Continue to layer with tapioca & fruit. Then put another layer of lady fingers on top, drizzle with rum, and continue. Top with fresh whipped cream & fruit.
* To make whipped cream, place whipping cream and about 1/8 c. of powered sugar in bowl. Mix with beaters until soft peaks form. I added a splash of rum to mine too!!