It is no different in other countries than from our American kitchens. There are things unique to our families that bring us comfort. The No-bake Oatmeal cookies that Grandma Heichel made along with her whoopie pies and zucchini bread. Her coleslaw as out of this world too. My kids fight over my own mother's zucchini relish and mashed potatoes. I've resigned to the fact that I will probably never ever master the mashed potatoes but on the visit to my mother's house that includes celebrating her birthday in person!, I wanted to learn how to make her zucchini relish.
The night before, mom had cut up the yellow, red and orange peppers and onions. She showed me how to hollow out the rinds and remove the seeds. After a quick shower in the morning, I zipped downstairs, made a cup of coffee, washed the 16 HUGE zucchinis which she said were small, and lined the garbage can. I moved everything out onto the porch and as I listened to the birds singing while eating the sunflower seeds I had put out for them in the morning, I began the process of cutting up the zucchini and summer squash. My goal was to finish before the garbage truck came so that the zucchini guts didn't have to sit in the garage for another week until the next trash run.
The chickadees laughed as they flew in and out of the trees observing such an awkward sight. A woman with a huge bowl of cut pieces of zucchini, still slicing away with rubber gloves on her hand. Mom arose and helped me discard the cuttings and we began the day long process of the making of zucchini relish. She shared with me the tedious tasks to ensure that the zucchini choppings were thoroughly rinsed. I took photos of the process each step of the way. When the peppers and onions were mixed in the zucchini, I took the photos of the most colorful relish anyone had every seen. I was going to show everyone how much effort it took to make these jars of family tradition.
|Labeled, decorated and cleaned|
|From the kitchen of Norma & BJ|
Winners take time to relish their work, knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the view from the top so exhilarating. ~ Denis Waitley
Happy Birthday Mom!