Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday is for Mother and "Boboti"


I am taking this idea from Celestial Charms
who writes about her mother on Mondays and her father on Fridays. I really like this idea for this week, I will do the same. Thanks to "Nana" at La Table De Nana for suggesting Celestial Charms. Nana has a wonderful photo her blog right now. Thank you so much, ladies!

Her name was "Rosemary", one of the most creative, talented and loving women I have ever known. She was very intelligent having graduated from SMU. And after all... she married my dad! (Visit me on Friday and see what a handsome fellow he was.) My mother worked in the Oceanography and Meterology Department at Texas A&M University and later the Sterling Evans Library. She loved to cook and was especially adept at preparing foods from her mother's native country, Italy. I've posted several of her recipes in the past. She and my father lived in the country of Botswana in Africa for four years and she mastered several of the local recipes. Here is one of them:


2 lbs. ground beef
1 slice white bread
1 c. milk
2 onions, chopped
2 eggs
1 tsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. curry powder
2 Tbsp. vinegar
2 Tbsp. oil
1 grated apple
Few dried apricots
2 Tbsp. currants

     Fry onions in oil until light brown and add curry powder, salt, sugar, vinegar, ground meat, and fruit. Soak bread in milk and pour off milk which should be added to the onion and meat mixture. Add 1 beaten egg. Mix and put into casserole. Beat other egg and milk, pour over dish and bake for 30 - 40 minutes at 350 degrees. This may also be topped with mashed potatoes. Serves 4-6.
     Mother's note: This is a traditional dish of the Boer families of South Africa. This particular recipe was given to me by a South African nurse from Pretoria.


Kathleen said...

What a lovely story about your mom! How cool is it that she learn the cuisine of the country she was staying in. Cooking brings the whole world together!

Deb said...

what a great story about your Mom...beautiful lady...see where you get your good looks...great recipe too...cant wait to hear about your Dad...

Michelle said...

My goodness do you ever look like your Mom!

Tammy@ A Doctor in the House said...

You have a great heritage! Lovely post!

Lori E said...

I knew I knew the word boboti but couldn't place it.
Aren't we lucky to have come from such smart mothers? You bet.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

She's so pretty. How neat that you grew up with such a variety in your meals. She sounds like such an interest and adventurous person. laurie

Laura said...

She is just lovely and obviously very talented- as you are.

This is a great idea.
I look forward to Friday's post.


Celestial Charms said...

I'm so very happy to see you are doing a Monday is for Mother posting. Love her photo, and your description of your sweet Mom. I must try that recipe...sounds delicious. Recipes are the one thing I do not possess from my Mother. She never wrote them down, and I was not into preparing meals at the age of 21, when I lost my Mom. So I really appreciate when it when someone posts a family recipe. Looking forward to your future postings about your Mom and Dad.