During this time my father was in a labor camp, for the crime of wanting to leave the country. Alone, and with few provisions, as my mother struggled to care for us, she was struck with inspiration. One day she went out to the back patio to do the wash and saw a cute little frog sitting by the door to the kitchen. My mother has always liked frogs, and this little frog by the kitchen door gave her an idea...
My father and I were very close, but I did not always get along with my mother, so even though she was a marvelous cook, I had never been interested in learning her cooking secrets. However, after my father’s death, I witnessed my mother’s severe deterioration and overwhelming sadness. Looking for a way to engage her, I had the idea to ask her to teach me how to cook like her...
With much help from family and friends, especially my wonderful daughter in law Susan, everything turned out beautiful.
|Table decorations created by Laetitia & Susan|
Even after the wedding was over, there was too much life to be lived and blogging was forgotten. We had family with us most of the summer, which meant grandchildren to play with. I'm just barely recuperating from all the fun!
My parents would have loved it. I find myself looking around for them when the house is full of family, because I know how much they loved being with their children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.
A friend said the newlyweds look like my parents when they were young. I don't see it but they are certainly two very good looking couples. What do you think?
|My parents on their wedding day|
|Laetitia & Skyler|
|Leaving the Church|
|At their garden reception|
Here is a nice summer dish you could serve at a garden wedding reception. We probably would have, if Mamina were still with us.... I had the food mostly catered.
ENSALADA DE POLLO-Chicken Salad
4-6 Potatoes boiled, cubed
1 Apple (peeled, cored, diced in small pieces)
1 cup frozen peas
½ cup onion finely chopped
4 hard boiled eggs
1 small jar diced pimentos
1 cup diced celery (optional)
1 ½ -2 cups mayonnaise
½ Tablespoon salt
I add celery, my mother thought that was a heresy, but I like the taste. She liked to add dill pickles, but I leave them out. My cousin MaConcha adds asparagus to her version.
It is best if you refrigerate it for a couple of hours before serving, so the flavors blend.