What is the one thing you recall about your Mother's cooking?
That she didn't know how to undercook anything! That would seem like a good thing, but I grew up hating meat or leather... as it seemed to be in my house. The first time I had a steak that was medium, I said 'Wow, is this what steak is supposed to taste like?' There was never enough A-1 Sauce in the house!
That is a lovely story Cat - my memories are slightly different, I can recall the smell of home made bread, pastries and masses of pickles and jams of every description. With six kids she knew how to keep the wolf from the door. Thanks very much
Don't get me wrong... my mother could bake like nobody's business; she'd make hundreds of Christmas cookies with over a dozen varieties and give them as gifts each year. She'd start baking the first week of December and not stop until Christmas.
She sounds like an amazing Baker Cat - that kind of makes up for the leather!
Our mom might have been the world's worst cook -- but diligently kept trying -- and failing. Her coffee was famous among the family -- it was so strong and bitter it could dissolve the spoon you stirred it with. Any casseroles, meats -- whatever -- she couldn't get the hang of she dosed with liberal amounts of pepper. What mom lacked in cooking skills she certainly gained in attitude and a sense of humor. On several holiday occasions she sent us notes promising if we spent the holidays with she and pop she WOULDN'T do any of the cooking. That promise was a real drawing card!
Her home made skewers of pork for the barbecue at the beach where we went to almost every weekend for about 10 years in a row. I can still smell them!
We lived at Curacao when I was young and I remember those years as a very easy life. No worries, tropical climate and great food every day from my mother.
Sounds wonderful Escobana, similar i expect to the 'Sosatjies' we ate in South Africa - marinated Lamb in a delicious sauce and then put onto skewers on the 'braai' or barbeque. Thank you for reminding me of those lovely carefree days Escobana.
You're very welcome! Carefree days are so precious when we grow up. As an adult we need to do our best to be carefree in a different way:-)
Forgot to mention that I stopped in on Curacao about a year ago whilst on a cruise to the Bahamas. That was an amazing holiday. How lovely to grow up there.
That my mother never really liked to cook. She hated making dinner but because she was a stay at home mom and wanted to make our family dollars stretch, she made as much as she could from scratch. I never ate pizza pops or kraft dinner when many of my other friends did, but she always had baked treats on the counter for us to eat like homemade pie, muffins or cookies which were really good. She wasn't a bad cook, but if given the chance she would have rather done anything other than cook a meal.. and now that me and my sis are all grown up and have families of our own, my mom still doesn't like to cook!
I think that sometimes getting a meal on the table in those days was more about meat and veg, nothing like the processed foods that people eat today. I am sure those muffins and cookies were delicious though. Thanks renegadetory for your comment.
She was never great with meats but nobody could beat her in the baking department. Her coffee cake and fudge are legendary among family and friends. They're so good we actually save them for special occasions.
My mom, as much as I loved her, wasn't much of a cook. A lot of the meat was really over cooked.
Every so often she would make me Bisquick pancakes and we use the clear Karo syrup. If we were out of it she would make some syrup that I just loved but I have no idea how she did it or what was in it. I think just butter and sugar but really do not know.
I guess she probably made some caramel from the butter and sugar - that's what Mum's did in those days, they made do, which is what made them pretty rare and special creatures. Thanks for sharing your memory, it's amazing how taste can trigger one.
Heaven's sake.....there's surely more than ONE thing, I recall about my mother's cooking! She was definitely a STAR, in the kitchen. All of her meals were amazing, especially, Italian foods, of all kinds.
My sister and I felt so lucky to be able to learn from our mother. It was actually amazing, that Mom could simply NOT make a bad meal. We learned by "watching," btw! Only if we asked a question, would she explain something.
Although we did carry on, our Mom's cooking-style & recipes, I have to admit, we never really felt our meals were quite as great as hers.
fpherj48 You were indeed fortunate as was I to have a mother who excelled in the kitchen. There is nothing like the smell of cooking and the sound of people eating, laughing and enjoying a meal together. You have a fine example to follow. Thanks.
I can never find the taste of the items cooked by my mother in any of the items cooked by anyone.
My mom can make the best hamburgers, using simple seasoning, they taste so good, perhaps. because they are made with love.
my mom is a great cook when comes to nyonya food. She cooks anything you can think of. She likes baking butter cakes but too oily for me. She doesn't know how to bake cookies nor muffins. I love her spicy food the most. Too bad, she had stroke and unable to cook now. My dad takes over the cooking now.
I would have to say-Made with love. Did not think about that too much at all the times but in retrospect that was the cohesive force which made every meal special because it was never done with any impatience or grudge. Never can quite replicate any of the recipes either
My Mom is always good at changing decently eaten food crumbs into something new and enjoyable with her skills in cooking. Last time she made a yummy cake out of breadcrumbs which people in the family liked it. By doing that, she can manage to minimize wasted food.
Your Mum sounds like a pretty inventive cook. I so agree with her ethos, waste not want not - an expression I understand, having grown up in a large family. It shocks me sometimes, how much food people actually do waste. Thanks for your comment.
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