I’m very excited to share this beautiful, healthy brunch for Mother’s Day which falls on 9th May, 2010 in many countries. This is a guest post by Biren of Roti n Rice. It’s such a privilege and an honour to have her as a guest blogger. I didn’t tell Biren what dish to write for my blog but she spotted me right in my heart…a colourful, healthy and delicious dish……just what I love!! I was surprised but really happy. This is really perfect for me for brunch, in fact any time. I always have a glass of freshly made carrot-apple juice in the morning. This plate would fit me very well at about 10.30 a.m. I will be totally satisfied and happy.
Biren is an amazing food blogger, very friendly and easy to relate too. I’m really thankful to meet such a wonderful friend, all because of blogging. When I asked Biren to write a guest post for my blog, she accepted very happily though not without anxiety as she has only been blogging for about 4 months and didn’t know what guest blogging is. Despite her short journey in blogging, she has an amazing blog with lots of awesome food. She cooks well and bakes well.
I was really eager to know where Biren learned all her cooking and baking so I asked her. Here’s what she said,
‘Some of my happiest childhood memories revolved around festivities and food. We had huge family gatherings and the women often got together to cook with Grandma at the helm. It was during these events that I learnt how to make curry puffs, jam tarts, and wrap glutinous rice dumplings. I have always enjoyed learning the more complex and time consuming dishes. I got a lot of practice as mom would cook the filling and I would make the pastry and do all the wrappings. After having my own family, I started baking and cooking more culturally diverse dishes. I especially like baking breads and cooking Japanese dishes. Today, my cooking reflects a little of the culture that I live in which is a melting pot of cuisines.’
Biren is really very lucky to learn from young. That’s so inspiring. I was not so lucky. I never learned how to cook. Cooking for me has been a very long, tough journey but I’m really glad to have come this far….a huge relief to know that my family and friends like my food.
Right, here is the guest post by Biren of Roti n Rice. Please enjoy.
First, I would like to say a very warm hello to all you esteemed followers of Mary’s wonderful blog Keep Learning Keep Smiling. Whenever I come here, I tarry awhile and feel at home for Mary’s warm personality shines through. Mary continues to be a great source of encouragement to me and I am truly blessed with her friendship and advice. Today, I feel so honored to be given the opportunity to do a guest post for this very special occasion. Our moms whom we cherish and love are foremost on our minds this week as we celebrate Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse for us to express our appreciation to our Moms for their unfailing love for us. Though we can never repay mom for her love and sacrifice, we can show her how much we care by doing the things she does for us. After having my own kids, I appreciate my mom so much more as I begin to understand why she did the things she did. So let’s begin with breakfast in bed for mom or a leisurely brunch on the patio. With that in mind, I’ve made Dear Mom Fruit Letters for this occasion. This simple recipe allows the older kids or dotting spouse to prepare the meal for mom.
Before we go to the recipe, let’s take a look at the origins of this very special day.
History of Mother’s Day
Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It goes back to the time of the early Christians who celebrated it in honor of Virgin Mary and all mothers. By the earlier part of the 20th century, the custom lapsed and was revived by the influence of American soldiers serving abroad during World War II.
In 1858 Anna Reeves Jarvis held a celebration called Mothers’ Work Day to raise awareness about sanitation issues in her home state of West Virginia. During the Civil War she expanded it to organized women to meet the needs of the wounded from both sides of the conflict. Meanwhile Julia Ward Howe distraught by the carnage of the Civil War wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation of 1870 calling on mothers to protest the futility of sons killing sons, accompanied by celebrations for about 10 years in Boston before it died out.
Then in 1905, Anna Jarvis, daughter of Anna Reeves Jarvis dedicated her life to campaign for the creation of an official Mother’s Day celebration following the death of her mother. She handed out white carnations to the mothers in her mom’s church in 1907 and in May of 1908, a special Sunday service was held in that same church to honor mothers. In 1912 Jarvis’ home state of West Virginia became the first state to officially recognize Mother’s Day. Two years later in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed it into a national observance, emphasizing women’s role in the family and declaring the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. From here the celebration spread worldwide.
Now that you know the history, have the kids put on their aprons and here’s the recipe…..
Mother’s Day Happy Healthy Brunch
8 oz Brie Cheese, thinly sliced
6 rice tortillas, 8-9 inch diameter (or any flour tortilla of choice)
1 large mango, peeled and sliced ¼ inch thick
9 large strawberries, hulled and sliced ¼ inch thick
Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Place a tortilla in the pan. Arrange some Brie slices along half of the tortilla topped by mango slices and a few more Brie slices. Using a spatula, fold tortilla in half. Pan fry each side for 2 - 3 minutes until cheese is melted and tortilla is lightly browned. Repeat to make 3 mangoes and 3 strawberry tortillas. To serve, cut into quarters.
You can also try apples with Swiss cheese.
For those who prefer savory quesadillas, try Ro-Ri San’s creation using sliced ham or chicken, tomatoes, and havarti cheese as the filling.
I really like the brunch idea with an air of casual festivity. Bring out the deck chairs and table! Spread a pretty tablecloth and place a bouquet of her favorite flowers on the table. Arrange the quesadillas decoratively on a platter with lots of fruits. Make it perfect with a really nice cup of Darjeeling tea.
Carnations have come to represent Mother’s Day as it was the favorite flower of Anna Reeves Jarvis. Today red carnations pay tribute to living mothers while white carnations are used to honor deceased mothers. Happy Mother’s Day!
Remarks by Mary:
I’m sure you will agree with me that this is a very lovely post for Mother’s Day. It makes me miss my mom and I can’t wait to go back and visit her. This post also makes me feel very proud to be a mom to my 2 wonderful daughters who are also my closest friends.
I would like to thank Biren very much for this special Mother’s Day post. I do hope that you will drop by Biren’s blog at Roti n Rice to read and learn more lovely recipes and also to make friend with her. Please leave comments in her comment box. I’m sure she will appreciate it very much.
How are you celebrating Mother’s Day? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
Quote of the day……
‘A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.’