When my mother had the stroke three months ago, I went into a whirlpool of emotions. Looking back I see that I was in total denial, I was pulling back from that spot in existence where you have to standstill and allow, accept that you cannot always be in control.
Now I am discovering dimensions of my Self I never imagined existed. I am peacefully accepting this other I! Being able to love and provide love, care, comfort, attention and support to my frail mother is the most fulfilling and life-changing experience I have ever had. It is not as close as all she has done for me during my 45 years of existence and it is the very least I can do to allow her some serenity during this one more harsh journey.
Indeed, a mother is a teacher always!
Anyway, this is not meant to be an emotional text, but a share of my experience.
One of my biggest passions in life is cooking and baking. My mother’s frailty is teaching me that my healthy cooking is perhaps not healthy enough and I am in the process of rediscovering healthy cooking.
This morning, running out of imagination on soft, dairy free breakfasts, I have created (I think) the most amazing scrambled eggs. Here’s the recipe:
(Serves 4 – 5)
5 – 6 eggs
1/2 onion finely chopped
1 fennel bulb finely chopped
1 Roma tomato finely chopped
1/4 green pepper finely chopped
1/2 yellow sweet pepper finely chopped
Olive oil (enough to braise)
Salt to taste (I use pink salt)
Water (enough to braise)
In a pot (preferably cast iron), add onion, fennel and olive oil and fry on medium to high temperature until the onion and fennel are starting to golden. Add the peppers and stir fry until the peppers are slightly soft. Add the tomatoes and continue to stir until these start turning into purée.
Reduce the heat to low. Add water and salt and let it simmer, covered, stirring occasionally. Add little more water if necessary. When all ingredients are blended nicely and soft, purée all with a blender, until you obtain a thickish cream of veggies.
Add eggs and, on low heat, stir continuously until the mixture is the consistency of fine scrambled eggs (+/- 5 minutes).
Serve with healthy breads, add smoked salmon to the plate. Hope someone tries and enjoys and gives feedback.