Open a bottle of champagne or prosecco and celebrate Mother’s Day with a mango bellini, strawberry rhubarb or peach raspberry flavored champagne cocktails.
It’s time for Recipe Redux again. Recipe Redux is a recipe challenge founded by registered dieticians with a different theme each month. This month’s theme was about treasured cookware, maybe something that had been passed down through the generations that you like to cook with. I don’t have a single piece of cookware that has been handed down. I don’t know why. I have some family recipes although we have sadly done a bad job of keeping family recipes. I do have my Great Grandmother’s Macaroni & Cheese recipe and another Great Grandmother’s butter cookie recipe but I don’t even have a wooden spoon they had used. I had to think out of the box for this one. I had planned on presenting a Bellini bar for Mother’s Day. After all if we Mother’s cannot enjoy a glass of champagne on Mother’s Day, when can we? While I don’t have any treasured cookware, I do have the champagne glasses from our weddings. Yes, that was plural, we had two weddings. I have a set of champagne glasses from each celebration. One from my father-in-law and the other from my grandparents. They are quite precious to me and seem to fit the bill.
My husband was born in India and is a Parsis, people of the Zoroastrian faith who immigrated to India in the 10th century AD. His immediate family now lives in Singapore. So when we decided to get married, we planned on having a Parsi ceremony in Singapore and a wedding here in the USA. For the Parsi ceremony, I had to wear a sari. We sat on two chairs facing each other but had a sheet separating us. The prayers and ceremony were conducted with the sheet up. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the sheet was taken down and we threw rice at each other. Supposedly the person who throws the rice first, is the more dominant of the couple. I threw mine first, of course. It really was a charming ceremony and had many aspects that were similar to a wedding here. At the reception we had large champagne glasses to toast each other with.
Our wedding here followed about 6 weeks later. My parents did fly to Singapore to attend that ceremony but the rest of my family was not able to. It was particularly nice that they were able to celebrate with us at this ceremony. At this reception, we had champagne glasses given by my maternal grandparents. My husband and I like to joke that we are doubly married and stuck together for two life times. Even though the champagne glasses have not been passed down through the generations, they symbolize a happy family and a long marriage. My grandparents are still happily married for almost 64 years now. My Mom is one of six kids and all are married to their original spouses. Long marriages run in the family (my parents are on 45 years) and are the best possible gift to be passed down. My husband and I are only on a puny 12 years of marriage.
So this year as we celebrate Mother’s Day, we also celebrate the wonderful foundation they have given us to live a happy life together. What better gift could they give and could we give our daughter. I hope she is as smart and lucky to marry her best friend and someone who treats her like the precious gift she is. Cheers to all the Mom’s out there that give so much to their families and provide the stable, happy foundation for the children to live the rest of their lives.
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