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What Every Mom Wants

Today is May 10th

and on May 10th the country of Mexico

celebrates Mother's Day! 

In honor of that, I wanted to share with you what LAST year's mother's day looked like as I got a treat myself with a surprise visit from my daughter, Lizzy who was visiting from Washington state. 

As a mother, this day can sometimes feel just like any other day, but I know it isn't- we mothers are surrounded by those who simply love us, appreciate us, and also want to be around us.

Mother's are very special and it's very notable when I am surrounded by my own mother, and the rest of the mom's in my family.

We seriously just eat, drink and be merry as the old cliche suggests.... and merry we are......

I recently saw this facebook post and I had to copy it and share it with you because it encompasses all that we as mom's only want on Mother's Day: 

Every year my children ask me the same question. After thinking about it, I decided I'd give them my real answer:
What do I want for Mother's Day? I want you. I want you to keep coming around, I want you to bring your kids around, 👦🏻👧🏻I want you to ask me questions, ask my advice, tell me your problems, ask for my opinion, ask for my help. I want you to come over and rant about your problems, rant about life, whatever. Tell me about your job, your worries, your kids, 🐶🐱your fur babies.
I want you to continue sharing your life with me. Come over and laugh with me, or laugh at me, I don't care. Hearing you laugh is music 🎼to me.
I spent the better part of my life raising you the best way I knew how. Now, give me time to sit back and admire my work.
Raid my refrigerator, help yourself, I really don't mind. In fact, I wouldn't want it any other way.
I want you to spend your money making a better life for you and your family, I have the things I need. I want to see you happy and healthy. When you ask me what I want for Mother's Day, I say "nothing" because you've already been giving me my gift all year. I want you.
If you feel the same way, feel free to copy and paste... I did! ❤️❤️
I think most all moms feel the same!! I love this

 

Doesn't that say it ALL? Totally agree. 

I enjoy this holiday as much as the next, and every year I try to bring a dish that celebrates my roots but also showcases my culinary skills to my family (they still find it silly that I cook for a living, because women in MY family just cook, not for a living but for their families survival). It's always fun to bring food to my family and share how I eat, after all, my culinary skills have been first hand taught by the women in my family so why shouldn't I honor what they have taught me? 

In our culture, we love the roasted corn cups with cotija and mayo and butter and tajin.. You have seen it right?

It's something I grew up with with my grandparents living in Tijuana. I have fond memories of being in the border crossing after leaving my grandparents home for our sunday visits and my parents buying me this cup of delicousness while we waited to cross the port of entry. It's something I often order when I'm back in Tijuana and I see an elote cart.

So I knew INSTANTLY what to bring to my family mother's day gathering : A Sweet Corn Panna Cota like the one I have made at home before for dinner guests.

This sweet corn panna cota celebrates the flavors of my youth and our family from the days we spent in Mexico and in Baja California.  It's a traditional panna cota but I infused the milk with the corn cobbs and also steeped them with kernels. The flavors are subtle, but you get a fragrance thoughout each bite that emulates the texture of a flan which my family always has on hand for celebrations. 

Sweet Corn Panna Cota in Mini Shooter Cups

 Here is the recipe to make it:

3 cups of WHOLE MILK

2 cups of SUGAR

3 packets of unflavored gelatin

3 tbsp. of water

1 whole ear of corn (kernels removed and cobb reserved)

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan, mix milk and sugar and the cob of the corn and simmer for 8 minutes on low heat. Keep stirring to avoid milk getting burnt.

  2. In a bowl, add the water and sprinkle the gelatin to it. Stir it and let it “bloom” (open up and get gelatinous).

  3. Add the corn kernels to the milk mixture and cook for another 3 minutes.

  4. Remove the milk mixture from heat, cover and let it steep for 30 mins.

  5. Add the gelatin mixture to it, return to stove to melt the gelatin

  6. Remove the cobb from mixture and pour into ramekins or mini dessert cups.

  7. Set in fridge for one full day. Serve.

If you are a mom, happy mother's day. If you still have your mom around, tell her how much she has made you the woman you are today, and if she is no longer with you, honor her by cooking or doing something that she would enjoy....  

Whether you celebrate today as my culture does, or another day (like this Sunday May 14th),

Happy Mother's Day to You! 

Until Next Time, 

xo

Martha

 

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