• Eimear Stassin

Kimberley Mikado and Coconut Creams

"Kimberley Mikado and Coconut Cream, Someone you love, Would love some, Mum!" - Jacobs Advert

This is how the Jacobs Biscuits Advert went. A trinity of biscuits, made in Ireland and steeped in holiday memories for me.

These were our food treat of choice when travelling south to West Cork and West Kerry at every holiday time possible. All 4 of us siblings stuffed into the grey Renault 18 car. Whoever jumped in first got the much prized window seats so they could lean against the door to fall asleep for what felt like the very very long journey.

A journey that took all day with many stops. It's shorter now with a much improved road and town bypasses.

A mental crossing off of the towns as we passed through was our in car entertainment until, as we neared our relatives houses in either Cork or Kerry, my mother would open up the competition for who would see the house first. Causing much debate over who did actually see the house first!

Our cousins heads popping up behind the various windows or they would run down the road to greet us; the excitement at seeing each other again after all these months; the smells of the wild country air mixed with the spaciousness of yet more holiday time. The dogs going wild on plentiful biscuit crumbs!

Those biscuits. Kimberley, Mikado and Coconut Cream. We'd wile away the hours on those car journeys eating them in many different ways. Taking them apart to savour their separate components. Scooping out the jam from the Mikado middle then eating the marshmallowy sides followed by the biscuit base. Delicious!

Deciding which Coconut Cream we liked the best - the pink or the white ones? I wasn't so keen on the Kimberley biscuits but they were my sisters' favourites.

By the time we had arrived at our relations houses, the car was decorated in desiccated coconut. We greeted each other with sticky hands and sweetened smiles.

The holidays had begun once the first biscuit packet had been opened!

"Happiness is having a barrel of fun, Sharing a drink with someone you love." - Jacobs Advert

So many memories are baked into the food of our youth and immortalized in the loving landscape of our hearts.

To you and your journey as we return to the soul truth of who we really are,

Eimear x

PS: This is the eighteenth installment of the 21 Days Writing Series that I'm taking part in called The Journey: Into Your Soul Truth of Who You Are in Your Life and Work.

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