My mom. She has the greenest of thumbs, can quote Shakespeare on the fly, get down to some AC/DC, and whip up a delicious meal up like it ain't no thing. She often downplays her goddessness in the kitchen, so today I’m here to celebrate this one of her (many) talents. But first, a quick story.
When I was visiting home recently, she said “mind, body, and soul” is her mantra as of late. Anything she’s doing, saying, thinking, or receiving needs to benefit her in total. This was so encouraging for me to hear, as too often we get caught up in the day to day and forget what really matters - to seek to become our highest selves, knowing that doing this benefits the rest of the world. Mantras help us get through our days - simple but powerful exclamations to draw us to the truth in moments of confusion, to keep us in perspective, to keep us aware of ourselves. Inspired by my mom, I’ve decided to craft a mantra of my own: “slow down, delight in the moment”. I’m hopeful that this mantra will help me to do exactly that. Oftentimes, I react too quickly - in emotion, in words, in assumptions, in trying to solve problems that haven’t even happened yet. Slowing down allows for more thoughtfulness, for better listening, to take into account all that is a part of the situation before I react (if even necessary).
I am so grateful to have a mom who is on this life journey towards self awareness, and to be able to learn so much from her!
In honor of Mom, I put together a list of some foods that when I see, smell, or eat them, make me think of her. She’s far away on the other side of the country, so besides hearing her voice on the phone, this food is what helps me to feel closer to her.
Lobster mac and cheese - This is not something she makes regularly, it’s certainly a special dish. It’s super indulgent and devilishly fun to eat.
Turkey noodle soup - Always made after Thanksgiving, always so delicious!
Salmon Mousse - She made this for Christmas this year and OMG.
Pork tenderloin - She would make this fairly regularly, always really tender with delicious spices on the meat that would vary each time. I feel thankful that I’ve never eaten a dry piece of pork in my mom’s kitchen :)
Frittata - Always good. With leftover roasted veggies, meat, or filled with herbs.
Pot roast - Mom does the pot roast RIGHT. Perfectly cooked veggies and fall apart meat.
She’s all about elegant and simple recipes. To be honest, she really does makes any recipe elegant (yes, even pot roast). We totally had pizza and taco box night growing up, but she enjoys cooking and I’m thankful that she took the time to put delicious meals together for her family. It’s undeniable that her love for cooking is what also drew me to it. We are what our mothers have made us, and I am glad that I am who I am because of her. I hope someday that she’d like to grace us with her presence here on Tackling Toast, but for now, here's a picture of us on my wedding day :)
Happy Mama’s Day! I love you, Mom.