THE SECRET RECIPE
Alice had the perfect Christmas gift for her two favourite people
Hello Alice,’ said Rachel, greeting her neighbour. ‘How are you?’ ‘As good as 85 years young gets,’ Alice said with a smile.
Since Rachel had moved next door she and Alice had become firm friends.
‘How did that blind date go on Saturday?’ Alice asked.
‘It wasn’t strictly a blind date,’ Rachel replied, ‘Since I had already seen his photo on the dating website.’
‘In our day we went dancing to find beaus. I just knew Albert was the one for me the moment he asked me to waltz and I stared into his gorgeous blue eyes.’
‘Lucky you, Alice. I knew my latest date wasn’t the one for me when he asked if I would ever consider plastic surgery. Can you believe that? I’m only 30! I wish I could just meet someone, look into his eyes, and just know he’s The One.’
‘Well, it’s Christmas, maybe a miracle will happen.’
The following week Alice rang Rachel out of the blue.
‘Can you come over? I have a little Christmas gift for you. I know you’ll love it.’ ‘Of course,’ Rachel said. She hoped Alice had made some of her fruit cake.
Rachel was surprised to find Alice wasn’t alone. Sitting on the sofa was a man Rachel hadn’t seen before… or had she? He seemed familiar.
‘Rachel, I don’t think you’ve met my grandson, Sean.’
‘No, I don’t believe we have met.’
Although now she knew why he seemed familiar, Alice had shown her many photos of her family. The photos didn’t do Sean’s smile justice, nor his blue eyes.
‘Lovely to meet you,’ said Sean. ‘Gran’s told me so much about you.’
‘All good I hope.’
‘Oh yes, very good!’’
‘Well, of course,’ said Alice. ‘You’re my two favourite people. And I have a gift for you both.’
Alice picked up two envelopes from the coffee table and gave one to Sean and one to Rachel. Inside were Christmas cards and each enclosed a sheet of paper.
They unfolded them to reveal what Alice had written.
‘It’s a list of ingredients,’ said Rachel, surprised.
‘And I have recipe instructions,’ said Sean. ‘Together,’ said Alice, ‘they reveal the secret of how to make my fruit cake.
‘So that means you two will have to spend some time together in the kitchen if you want to make it. I have all the ingredients waiting.’
Sean looked at Rachel and said warmly. ‘I think that’s a great idea, if you’d like to.’
‘I’d like that very much,’ said Rachel.
From the moment they stepped into the kitchen it was as if they had known each other for years. The conversation flowed and they discovered they had much in common, including disastrous dating stories.
They started on the cake and soon Rachel pointed to the ingredients list.
‘Look here,’ she said. ‘The secret ingredient! Pumpkin! I wasn’t expecting that.’
‘I wasn’t expecting to find something so unexpected today either,’ Sean said. ‘Unexpected, but wonderful.’
Alice really had given them the perfect gift, and it wasn’t the fruit cake recipe.
It was some good oldfashioned matchmaking.
Rachel remembered what she’d thought last week about meeting someone and knowing he was The One.
‘Here’s to a wonderful Christmas,’ she said, looking into Sean’s blue eyes.
I wish I could meet someone,
look into his eyes and know he’s The One