As I was looking for my waffle recipe this morning, sorting through my loose recipes and finding some of my mom’s, I decided that I need to start working on “Mom’s Recipe Box” (MRB) again. I’ve been thinking about it, but now that I’m back to blogging it’s more prominent in my mind. The whole time I was making the waffles I was remembering little things about my mom and cooking. I don’t like to cook and my mom loved to cook. I do much better if I plan out a menu for a week, with recipes, shop for the groceries, and then the follow through is easy(er). I had to rewrite my waffle recipe because the card was all stained and faded and barely readable, which got me thinking about handwritten recipes, and passing favorite recipes on to my kids, and teaching them how to make each one. I edited the recipe as I went with the substitutions that I’ve made over the years. I started thinking about creating my own family recipe book, which led back to my mom and now you know how I got there.
That started the memories of my mom and cooking. She hadn’t made homemade waffles since we were kids and I think they were actually from a box. This is coming out all jumbled when it was so clear before. As I was separating eggs for the waffles this morning I remembered my mom showing me how. She never used a fancy tool, she just cracked the egg in half and poured the yolk from one half of the shell to the other. The yolk stayed in the shells and the white fell out into a bowl. That’s still how I do it. That started me thinking about showing my own kids simple tips and tricks and incorporating it all into a family cookbook. I think if I work on Mom’s Recipe Box and my own at the same time it will be more efficient and possibly spark more memories.
Today was the first time I felt good and happy with memories of my mom instead of sad or angry. After four years, I finally felt like I could look back without crying and be thankful for all the memories she made with me, instead of missing all the memories she won’t make. Thanks for the memories, Mom. I hope our cookbooks help people remember you for centuries. I love you.
As a bonus, here is my homemade waffle recipe.
2 cups sifted flour 1 Tbsp. baking powder 1 Tbsp. sugar 1/2 tsp. salt
3 eggs, separated 1 1/2 cups milk 5 Tbsp. veg. oil
Mix and sift dry ingredients. Combine beaten egg yolks, milk and vegetable oil. Add to dry ingredients, beating until smooth. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour batter into waffle iron and cook.