Mark’s Mum’s Date Slice ‘Secret’ Recipe


Food brings people together.  A buffet at a networking eventa plush awards ceremony dinner or a family Sunday lunch complete with good old Yorkshire Pudding.  Social interaction is important, food often the facilitator of good conversation and a feeling of wellbeing.  Cooking and eating together breaks down barriers and enables you to have those conversations you’ve been meaning to have!   

It also provides the chance to remember  meetingsclub’s Mark lost his Dad in October.  He died having fought a valiant battle against Alzheimer’s – his Mum Joy lost her husband and friend of 65 years.  Watch how the two of them met – in the kitchen of course – and Mark learnt how to make his Grandma’s Secret Date Slice.  It’s a secret no more though, as you will see


310g self-raising flour

80g sugar

140g melted margarine

340g pitted dates

1 cup of water


Mix the flour and sugar together and add the melted margarine. Cut up the dates and add the water, put on a low heat until spreadable. Place half of the mixed dry ingredients in a flat tin 18cms x 27cms and press firmly to cover the tin. Spread the date mixture over the base and then sprinkle the rest of the dry ingredients on top. Cook in the oven at 50C/160C for approximately 20/25 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool and then cut into squares and serve. Enjoy!