Happy Mother’s Day!
We celebrated the day with our 90-year-old mother, taking lunch to her house. The meal consisted of chicken casserole, tossed salad, yummy bread and even yummier chocolate four-layer desert. Gone are the days when there was a choice of meat, seven vegetables, four salads and three deserts. Mother was of that generation of Southern women who filled the table at mealtime with many bowls – something for everyone’s taste. Families were large and one never knew who might show up at meal time and the ultimate embarrassment would be to run short of food.
Now times are different. A meat, one vegetable, a salad, bread and desert sometimes optional, as my sister and I and our families are the only ones coming for Sunday lunch. Mother is no longer able to cook so we bring the food – so much easier than trying to get her out of the house for lunch. Her mind is still sharp as a tack, but her frail body prevents her from many of the activities she once engaged in. Still fortunate, however, in that she is able to live in her home, albeit with outside help with daily living.
I made the salad and casserole, my sister the desert and bread:
|Greens from the potager, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, bell pepper, green onions, radishes, black olives, dried cranberry, avocado, sunflower seeds and choice of dressings on the side. Those are a few gardenia flowers beside the bowl.|