Nothing beats the flavour of home

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Watching this advert brought tears to my eyes and made me miss moms cooking even more. It brought back memories of when I’d eat peanut butter and jelly because I was too tired to cook, and wished mom was there to make me a meal.

It made me think of the frustrations that growing up and being independent bring and made me realize that somehow, like mommy’s kisses making things better, the sight and smell of her food still makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. This is what I want my daughter to remember.

Every child wants their mommy’s food. Wives may hate to admit that their hubby’s prefer mommy’s cooking but it’s true – which person doesn’t want to feel the way they did when they were younger and life was less complicated….

This got me thinking….

The perfect ending to a hectic day is sitting around the table with family enjoying a warm home cooked meal. Dinner is not just about enjoying a meal together. It’s about celebrating good food and chatting about the day’s events. It brings a family together.

To be honest, I don’t have the entire day to spend in the kitchen (although my husband may think that I do). I’m a work from home mom who has a toddler who needs my attention all the time. I try to prepare the day before but what really helps me, is my mom’s recipes, google and a few short cuts/quick fixes that make me look like a pro. I search almost every day for new recipes because I have a husband who never knows what he wants for supper until it’s actually ready. Our “what’s for dinner” conversations are something like…

“Honey, what do you want for supper?” I would ask him. “Uhm, I don’t know… Anything”, he would reply. Isn’t that the most frustrating thing to hear? OH? How about I make you boiled goat’s head? Mind you that’s a delicacy is some parts of the world but not with him. He would reply, “Oh. Umh.No, why not some salmon en croute”? Was that so difficult husband? It’s either that or I wish that someone would come up with something called anything:) …

Personally I wish I could eat my mother’s food everyday… I often end up cooking with the recipes she provides but somehow it’s just not moms cooking. These recipes are however very dear to me.

Mothers have a secret recipe in their meals. It is just like DNA. Every time they make it, it has their signature flavour.

Nothing beats the flavour of home

You could blind fold me and I could smell my moms food a mile away. When I get home during the weekend and get a whiff of the curry that serenades my nose, I just know she made something special for me. This reminds of me of the movie: Ratatouille. The memories of the warmth love and care that the food brought was all that it took to melt the heart of the harshest critic.

Do you remember the scene where he makes the meal for a food critic and he is immediately transported to his childhood memories? He loved it because the food was made the way his mom made it. This what home meals are all about…

It’s no longer just about taste but it’s about emotion and reliving memories. A small bite of chicken curry creates a rush of nostalgia and reminds me that some things are alright in the world. I can also see how my husband is happy when he visits his mom on Sunday for lunch.

Sometimes we just need mom to make everything okay. She creates the taste of home which we long for…

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Hi, I’m Shan. I’m an entrepreneur and a sucker for good adventures. I was listed in Forbes Africa 30 under 30 2019 and just recently launched my start-up – MomSays.

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  1. 2015-03-25 / 14:28

    I am in my 30’s and I STILL miss my moms cooking sometimes. I try her recipes and they just don’t come out the same when I make them. Lucky for me, she only lives 20 minutes away, so I go back for her food sometimes 🙂

  2. 2015-03-25 / 18:53

    I’m in my 50’s and still love my mom’s cooking the best. Every time I visit, she makes me my favorite foods. I’ve tried to duplicate some of her recipes and they just never taste the same as hers. I think it’s all the love that goes in her cooking. Moms are the best!

  3. 2015-03-25 / 19:24

    My mother has a few “DNA recipes”. I’ve tried and tried to duplicate them, and it’s just never the same!

  4. 2015-03-25 / 20:50

    Beautiful – Mothers have a secret recipe in their meals. It is just like DNA. Every time they make it, it has their signature flavor – maybe it runs in the family – my aunt’s cooking tasted so similar – loved your post 🙂

  5. 2015-03-25 / 21:37

    I am still trying to master my mother’s homemade recipes. She just does something to her cooking that I can’t match up…yet. I think it really is the love and care she puts into knowing what her family will be putting in their bodies.

  6. 2015-03-25 / 23:53

    Aww! I loved my mom’s home cooking. I really hope my kids love mine too! I like to make them when we all get together for the holidays.

  7. 2015-03-26 / 00:10

    Hehehehe my mom was definitely not a cook lol…. We ate out like every night of the week…. I think that’s why I’m a total foodie now and have a blog mostly about recipes. I love home cooking and never had it as a kiddo 😉

  8. 2015-03-26 / 00:33

    I always tell my kids the food they eat is made with love. But being able to go home when your a grown child, it’s always the best. It’s one I really look forward to when I go back home to visit.

  9. 2015-03-26 / 01:47

    I can’t wait to go home! I was home at Christmas, but I’m flying back next month 🙂

  10. 2015-03-26 / 03:09

    Completely agreed, that there’s really nothing that quite beats the taste of home. I’ve tried to replicate some of my mom’s recipes and can’t come close.

  11. This is so true. There is nothing like home cooking. I have a lot of my grandmother;s recipes but I don’t think I could ever make them the same.

  12. 2015-03-26 / 04:43

    I really miss my mom too and its been a year were both still not seeing each other.

  13. Elizabeth O.
    2015-03-26 / 05:22

    My mom’s cooking is the absolute best! I learned all my best recipes from her!

  14. 2015-03-26 / 07:56

    This such a great post indeed. It is true that we do remember the tastes and smells of what or mothers as well as grandmothers cook when we are younger. We have traditional recipes passed down by my grandmother and great grandmother. So are recipes from Italy. Thanks so much for sharing.

  15. 2015-03-26 / 09:51

    My cooking would never ever come close to my mother’s cooking. You’re right – it’s practically in their DNA. A mother’s cooking can hardly be replicated.

  16. 2015-03-26 / 10:33

    This is a beautiful post!! Now I miss my mom and home!!

  17. 2015-03-26 / 15:47

    I totally agree. I have these awesome food in here but I still miss my MOm’s cooking even though they are so simple. I sometimes cook those cravings when I am homesick.

  18. 2015-03-26 / 17:58

    I couldn’t agree more! I always complained as a kid about my moms cooking and how I couldn’t stand it, but I so wish I could go back to those times. Nothing compares to my moms cooking, it’s a little cheesy but we always say it’s the love she puts into it. I think I owe my momma a visit home really soon.

  19. 2015-03-26 / 20:17

    Mom’s cooking is always the best! Sadly, I don’t think my kids will ever say that about me 😛

  20. 2015-03-27 / 02:46

    I miss my Nana’s cooking the most…it doesn’t matter how many time I make her recipes, they’re never the same! I perfectly measure everything, and she used to just throw it all together by memory, and it still always tasted as delicious as the time before!

  21. 2015-03-27 / 03:00

    I lost my mom last year and I miss her cooking even more now than ever before. I think my kids would miss mine, God forbid.

  22. 2015-03-27 / 05:00

    I miss my grandma’s cooking!! I don’t know if my oldest prefers my cooking to his wife’s. He’s smart and has never said. 😉 She cooks/eats VERY healthy though…which is good but she never cheats. He likes to cheat…esp. w/a good cheeseburger every now and again. 😉

  23. mythirtyspot
    2015-03-27 / 21:44

    I love this too! I love my mom’s cooking, but so did all my friends. She is always a healthy cook but it is so tasty!

  24. Aisha Kristine Chong
    2015-03-30 / 15:41

    Aww such a sweet thing – it reminded me of my grandma who always made the best meals.

  25. 2015-04-08 / 00:11

    There really isn’t anything like my mothers cooking and I hope my children feel the same when they grow old.

  26. 2015-04-08 / 21:58

    You’re so right because no matter how many times my mom teaches me how to make a dish, it never quite tastes the same. It’s just the mom touch! 🙂

  27. Jamie
    2015-04-08 / 23:25

    I do love my mom’s cooking, but really miss my grandma’s cooking. She made some things that no one else does and I miss it!!

  28. 2015-04-09 / 03:00

    My mom never cooked when we were growing up. It always made me wish she had!

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