For the last few months, Inge at Vanielje Kitchen and I have been going back and forth about creating a blogging event to honor our mothers and grandmothers and the traditions and recipes that they left us. I see so many posts from all kinds of blogs referring to "my grandmother used to make this" or "my mother taught me this", etc... These ties to our predecessors are universal and obviously strong. As we were tossing this around, my mother's health took a turn for the worse, and she passed away last week (see my post about her passing.) While spending much of these last six week's at my parents' house, I have been surrounded by memories of my mother's love of cooking. From her well stocked kitchen, with every cooking gadget and apparatus a gourmet could ever want, to her bookshelves overflowing with recipe books and binders of collected recipes with notes, her passion for food was strong. Her palate and olfactory senses were some of the best I've ever known, and I've been surrounded by professionals in the wine and food business for years. Her mother cooked fairly traditional southern foods, much of it cooking of the poor, relying on foods that they had grown, raised or caught or picked wild, but all of it delicious. My mother was raised in a community full of immigrants from all of Europe. She would tell countless stories about eating in many of these different households, savoring the different smells and flavors, and loving everything she ate. It was through those experiences that her curious palate was born; she would try anything. I never heard my mother say that there was a food she wouldn't eat. My mother did not follow in her mother's footsteps, but only took up cooking out of necessity once she was married, and then tried to cook everything but what her mother cooked. She was also trying to please my father, who was accustomed to the fairly bland Swedish food of his mother and was not willing to experiment in the way her palate wanted. Over the years, my father's palate broadened, a bit, and she delved into learning how to cook cuisines from all over the world, including some of her mother's tried and true dishes.
After returning home, just yesterday, I have been busy catching up on life's necessities and hadn't found the time nor energy to put our thoughts of a blogging event into action. So, it was a real blessing that Vanielje Kitchen took hold of the reins and got this idea off the ground.
Please see African Vanielje's post to read her thoughts on the idea behind this round up. In short, she very sweetly dedicated her post to my mother, and thought the announcement of this event was timely in honor of her passing. I couldn't agree more.
The event which African Vanielje has named Apples & Thyme (which I love) is a celebration of time spent in the kitchen with our mothers and grandmothers (or anyone else you wish to blog about) and what they did or did not pass on to us that influenced how we cook and eat today. We would love you to enter and share with us a person and a dish that celebrates your relationship with them. The closing date is 10th November, with the roundup being posted on 15th November, the first monthly Apples & Thyme Day. Event rules are as follows:
1. Post on your blog before 10th November about your mother or grandmother (or any other person special to you) and time spent with them in the kitchen that influenced how you cook and eat.
2. Include a dish which reflects the relationship.
3. Take a picture of the dish and/or person.
4. Include the words Apples & Thyme in your blog title.
5. Add a link to this post.
4. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details: Your name, URL of blog, URL of your Apples & Thyme post and a 100 x 100 pixel picture for your entry in the round-up.
You can also enter through Inge's blog African Vanielje.
Have fun sifting through your memories. We look forward to reading all your stories and recipes.