Love heals. Heals and liberates. I use the word love, not meaning sentimentality, but a condition so strong that it may be that which holds the stars in their heavenly positions and that which causes the blood to flow orderly in our veins. – Maya Angelou, Mom & Me & Mom
Nothing compares to a mother’s love. No amount of flowers, boxes of Ferrero Rocher and Hallmark greeting cards could ever match the sacrifices our mummies have made for us.
In Islam, we believe heaven lies beneath our mother’s feet, illustrating the importance of mothers within our individual lives and their indispensable role in society. This also applies to women who devote their lives to loving, caring and raising children, even if the children are not biologically their own. Side note/true story: if my brothers and I were ever naughty, which is more often than we’d like to admit, dad would make us kiss mum’s feet when apologising! She doesn’t remember this at all and cries laughing whenever we repeat these memories.
This year I’ll be spending Mother’s Day away from home once again. Instead of sharing a recipe this week, I’m dedicating a post to my mummu (not a typo!) by sharing how we celebrated her birthday earlier this year before I moved across the pond.
Mummu was the very first person to support my decision to become vegan. Actually, we watched Cowspiracy together – awkward considering it was my first date with Vegan. Just kidding! It was our second date. I had so much fun the first time I really wanted a repeat, but I wouldn’t put it past mum to willingly third wheel on a first date. Remind me to tell you the story of when she accompanied me to my first day of high school and never wanted to leave. It’s her favourite story and a memory that will haunt me for the rest of time.
Anyways, back to mummu’s birthday! Mum was craving raw vegetables for the entire week leading up to her birthday. Every morning before she left for work, she’d leave a note of chores – my brothers had to clean the house and do laundry (yup, she trained my brothers to cook AND clean – superwoman!) and I was tasked to create a vegan dish. It only seemed right that for her birthday I’d plan a surprise menu incorporating raw vegan recipes. Our dining table would feature various vegan dishes, and for dessert, I’d make Minimalist Baker’s Simple Vegan Chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream icing.
I love the entire process of planning a dinner. I’m a big not-so-secret geek, so I truly enjoy researching what to make – how certain flavours work with one another, how different spices can enhance a dish and how to present my meals. I’m getting excited just thinking about it! Food shopping is another favourite. I pretend I am Barefoot Contessa – walking down the isles, picking up fruit and vegetables, actually anything, sniffing it softly with my eyes closed, then slowly opening my eyes and cooly describing how sweet and fresh it smells. Please tell me that I am not the only one who does this
on a regular basis! *hides face behind palms* Don’t even get me started on the prep and cooking, but nothing beats watching everyone devour your labour of love.
Luckily, mum’s birthday was no different. Every dish turned out perfectly – from the spiced spaghetti squash, purple cabbage and courgetti accompanied with my creamy kale, mushroom and chickpea stew; vegan makisushi featuring mushrooms sautéed in balsamic vinegar; and hand rolls stuffed with raw vegetables and sweet red pears paired with tamari dipping sauce. See what I did there? ha ha ha… Of course, I had to put a Faim Foodie twist to Minimalist Baker’s chocolate cake recipe (which is also perfect as is) by adding a layer of my salted caramel sauce between the tiers of cake to add another dimension of flavour.
I had no spoons by the end of the night, but witnessing mum’s reaction as she enjoyed every morsel after a long day at work was absolutely priceless. If I could, I would do it a million times over.
Happy Mother’s Day, mummu! Words can never describe how much I love you xoxox