Low Cooking Flame

Losing a loved one is something that no one wishes on themselves or at least hopes that the person one has lost had a very long and fruitful life, but when the loss is a parent whose time on earth could have lasted a little longer, the pain is somehow deeper. My much beloved father died at the age of 73 after an 11 year battle with Alzheimer’s; an evil disease that removes one’s essence. He was so full of life, had so many more things he wanted to explore, meals he wanted to make, life events he wanted to experience.

He was my father, my mentor, my biggest fan, my professor of art, music and history, a lover of all things Apple, a thinker, a tinker, a gourmet cook, and the nicest, gentlest man you could ever meet. I will miss him terribly, but no one should have to suffer the cruel effects of Alzheimer’s.

So my absence for the last month was not because I haven’t been cooking, it is just that my cooking flame was set to very low for the past few weeks.


My wonderful father, Fred Kemp z”l  (1939-2012) died on 24 February. May he rest in peace and may his memory be for a blessing.

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Written by Baroness Tapuzina

Michelle Nordell (aka Baroness Tapuzina) was a foodie from the womb growing up in the House of Weird Vegetables, so named by a family friend because all of the unusual and exotic food cooked and eaten there. She loves to change recipes using herbs from her garden and spices from the spice shops she enjoys visiting.

7 thoughts on “Low Cooking Flame

  1. So sorry to hear about the loss of your Father .Alzheimer is such a cruel disease:my grandmother had it and now my aunt. Hugs!

  2. I am very sorry for your loss, Michelle. I was also blessed with parents that i truly adored. What comforts me, at times, is knowing that not only was i lucky to have them, but they knew how much I loved and admired them. I was a blessing to them as well. I am sure that holds true for you too.


  3. Michelle we feel for you and your family.

    I( know how close you and your father were. ay you take the happy and wonderous memories of him.

    Your blog, who and what you are a lliving memory to Fred Kemp z”l

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