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2011.05.08

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joey

Lovely post and such a wonderful tribute to your mother. I realize late in life how much I learned about food and cooking from my mom, even if we are also different in so many ways. Moms are really awesome :) I hope I can fill those shoes!

Deb Olson

Hey Robyn, I'm loving this visual of you and your mom traipsing in Chengdu in '85. It was my first trip to Asia w/Jeff & Nom in '87 that the foods there opened my eyes to a whole different way of eating. My mother was very similar, but never straying from the clockface meat/veg/starches. I still love offering up whatever will be tasty but so different every time to visit or they come up to my house. What a great essay!

Sunflo Wii

i love this post! great story. thank you for sharing it.

letran

This is a very well written story and I'm glad you took the time to share!

Tina

Thank you for sharing this touching story. I totally enjoyed reading it. So hearwarming

The Grubworm

What a great post and tribute to your mum. I was also lucky enough to grow up with a mother who loved food and making delicious things. She introduced me to so much lovely food - usually with a continental angle to it.

And now, inspired by travel and living in a very cosmopolitan city, I have the privilege of returning the favour, introducing her to Vietnamese, Thai, Turkish, Lebanese, Indian (north and south) and all manner of other exciting cuisines. And it's so much fun!

Jean

A story beautifully told. Thank you, I really enjoyed reading it :)

Lisa in Toronto

Just wanted to say I had an excellent Mother's Day week with my mother in Istanbul.
We tried many of the places on your hand-drawn map, including Mucver, and made a multi-ferry quest to the unforgettable Besiktas Kaymakci and 7-8 bakery.
I do encourage others to try the Istanbul Eats Culinary Walks. We used their book often on our trip, and the walk was really a lot of fun. One must skip breakfast that day though ... and dinner!
Yes I do now see how much I resemble my mother, and no it is no longer so infuriating.
thanks for the excellent blog posts!
LisaRR

scrapper al

This was a beautiful tribute. You may enjoy the fact that my mom (who's Chinese) never cooked with a wok because she thought it was too messy. That didn't stop her from cooking us marvelous meals.

Beth

I have always said that there is no cooking like a mother's cooking. They make magic no matter what their cooking skill or level is.

Going With My Gut

What a lovely lovely post, Robyn. Thank you.

Wen

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I have no idea how Mom managed to continually produce interesting multi-course dishes with perfect timing for a family of four.

Thip

Great story, and very touching.

Eva Wong Nava

What a beautiful story. I've just discovered your blog by accident via another food blog. I grew up in SE Asia but have live for the past 20 years in Europe. Your blog has so many wonderful eating adventures that I am so envious of. Your stories bring back many happy hawker eating experiences in Singapore and Malaysia. I love Malacca for their Peranakan cuisine and their history steeped in Portuguese colonisation. Thank you for jogging so many wonderful childhood memories.

MonaVie

What a great story. It was very touching.

Stacey

Lovely, lovely piece!

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