|The slow cooker that started and ended it all - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
Of course she spoiled the Mister and I completely rotten, making something new every night. She kept the oven busy with baked goods, had all the stove burners crowded with pots and pans of sizzling, simmering ingredients. The kitchen chaos was a reminder of how true the saying is, that food is love. A giant bowl of ice cream is dandy for Homer Simpson's homemade Prozac, but this visit revealed something rather telling about family. My mom insists she's not a good cook, but I argue otherwise -- she's a great cook, and a smart one who knows how to get something on the table with perfetct timing. She organized the week's meals like a finely-tuned machine, a first-class restaurant at home. When someone needs help, people arrive with aid in the best way they know how, and Mom came armed with Food TLC and kitchen ninja skills.
|Dueling prep work in Wasabi Kitchen Stadium - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Lemon pound cake, flowers and Hawaii-style Chex Mix makes it all better - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
Cousin Julie's Totally Addictive Party Mix (adapted/halved from original Furikake Party Mix recipe in Flavors from a Plantation Town cookbook)
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon shoyu/soy sauce
1 box of Crispix or Chex cereal
1/2 bottle (about 1/2 cup) nori furikake with sesame seed (can find in Asian grocery store, in seasonings aisle)
Melt butter, corn syrup, vegetable oil, sugar and shoyu over low heat until sugar is dissolved. In a separate bowl, drizzle syrup over cereal and mix until well coated. Sprinkle furikake over mixture and mix well. Bake at 250 degrees in large roasting pan lined with foil for 1 hour or more, mixing every 15 minutes. Lift foil onto table and cool. Add arare/rice crackers, peanuts or pretzels if desired. Store in airtight containers.
|Flowers to brighten the days - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
It was relaxing to be so fully cared for. Almost startlingly so. It was probably a reminder how much of a workaholic I am, and rarely take time to just chill out. It's no wonder I was an emotional heap at the thought of getting back to work, as well as the thought of Mom heading back home -- this was days before she even left. Oy, what a baby I can be, my girly-weepyness makes myself cringe! But I'm not ashamed to say I'm close with my mom. Anyone who has a strong relationship with a family member, or even a good friend, knows this. You feel like your whole world is set upon the foundation of that relationship, and even when they're not there, you always feel supported. When they are with you, it's like you can live in that bubble forever, and when they leave, you wonder how you ever lived apart, and there's a bit of sadness. But even when they go, and you're back to phone calls and letters, that foundation is still there -- strong, stable and always present. Thank you, Mom, for being there when I needed you, especially when I am too stubborn to ask for help. Which is pretty much all the time.
For all the moms and special caregivers out there, have a very special Mother's Day, and know that you are loved beyond words.
|A very happy and thankful Year of the Dragon - Thanks, Mom - Photos by Wasabi Prime|