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My dad living with his head in the clouds

At the beginning of 2003, my dad started to present the first symptoms of depression such as discouragement, a subhuman tiredness and everything else that comes in the “package of depression”. I confess that it was really difficult to discover what was happening to him, and we went to so many doctors of different specialties in order to establish his diagnosis of depression. I think no one is free from this horrible illness and, because my daddy is so determined, confident and spiritual...we could never imagine that it would happen to him. However, we were wrong! In his case, his extreme impatience and anxiety were the worst symptoms. His appetite decreased dramatically, and consequently he lost a lot of weight! Not to mention, that we had to explain the same things a thousand times until he calmed down and little by little understood what was happening to him! Thank God everything worked well! We can laugh about it now! The proof could be seen on his appetite that came back and his impatience that went back to a normal level, as well as his belly, which started developing again! Some points were very important for his recovery and, of course, physical activity was essential. So, we always went to the club for a walk in the morning in order to enjoy the sunlight, which helped him a lot and also to relax because his brain seemed to be working on 220 volts per hour. The positive side of all this was the fact that he included exercises in his life and, today, he is doing pilates, weight training and swimming. To handle this situation and to try to take the focus off anxiety and keep him distracted from terrible thoughts that flooded his mind, we spent several afternoons making delicacies. I confess that it was a great tactic, because I realized that his biggest problem was the feeling that time seemed not to pass. So, the fact that he was always keeping an eye on the clock, without mentioning the incredible weight loss, and all accompanied by the PARANOIA that he would never stop losing weight led him to start taking supplements! We usually spent the afternoons talking and shaping pastry to shift his focus to something more pleasant. In his case, I chose recipes in which he had to use his hands for modeling pastry, such as pies and cookies. It was the best thing to distract him. And I have to confess that the corn pie, without any doubt, was the tastiest and most perfect pastry he made. So today here is this delicious recipe!




                    Total time:  1 hour                                      Makes: 8 slices




Shortcrust pastry:

- 200 grams plain flour

- 100 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature

- 2 eggs yolk

- 1 pinch salt


For the Filling:

- 1 egg and 2 white eggs

- 1 cup semi skimmed milk

- 1 tablespoon plain flour

- 100 grams grated parmesan cheese, plus extra for

- 1 drained canned corn

- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter



1. To make the shortcrust pastry, put all ingredients into a bowl and mix them together with your fingertips. Mix until some paste is formed that leaves the sides of the bowl clean;


2. Meanwhile, heat your oven to 180°C/350°F;


3. Then, press the shortcrust pastry patiently over the base and the sides of the tin, slightly coming up over the top if possible;


4. To make the filling, add everything inside the blender and, mix. Next, spread over the pastry; Sprinkle with grated parmesan and bake until it is golden.

07/ 24/ 2015



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