Memories of Mom and Her Favorite Recipes

No matter where you’re from, we’re all connected by our food experiences. Our happiest moments are often tied to the joy of eating together with family and friends. For Mother’s Day, we are sharing stories from some of the incredible moms making an impact in our organization, through childhood memories of time spent in the kitchen with their mothers and grandmothers, and the meals that still make them smile.

 

Maddalena Palescandolo

Maddelena (‘Maddie’) grew up in Italy near Milan and has been with Thermomix® since December 2017.

What was the dinner table like when you were a kid?

When I was a child, I remember being seated at the table by 7:00pm sharp every night. We could not start eating until my father was seated at the table as well.

What do you remember about your mom and her cooking?

The meals were similar every night because my mom was not a big cook. She was constantly on a diet and every night she would prepare only a very light dinner. I was always hungry, so even though the dinner was light and very controlled, I still reminisce about the nights we had fresh bread, a piece of cheese, a piece of fruit and the fun time sitting around the table with my family. Often we had guests, and with guests, the menu changed. Suddenly, my mom would prepare the best pork roast, risotto, and the most amazing apple pie. It turned out my mom actually was a good cook, but she worried about eating healthy, keeping her kitchen clean, and counting her calories. She passed away a long time ago, but I bet she would have loved the Thermomix®! On the other hand, every Sunday we would go to my grandmother’s house and she had a constant mess in her kitchen, but she cooked all the things we were not allowed to eat at home, that was always a party! She made homemade gnocchi, apple fritters, all kinds of pasta and we always had to top it off with a glass of wine (half wine, half water for kids), no matter the age. It was always so much fun, and I looked forward to it each week.

Do you have a recipe of your mother’s that you make for your family today?

Still to this day, I enjoy cooking my mother’s apple pie recipe. It reminds me of her and those happy times.

What recipe do you want your children to remember you by?

I think my children will remember me by my lasagna and of course my mother’s apple pie. Those are always a hit and will always bring me the happiest memories of her.

Yiming (Amy) Yang

Amy grew up in Shanghai, China and has been with Thermomix® for seven months.

What was the dinner table like when you were a kid?

When I was a kid, my daily dinner table was quite simple since my mom did not excel at cooking.

What do you remember about your mom and her cooking?

During the traditional festival days, my mom would try the best she could to make nice dishes for us. Although she wasn’t a very good cook, I did like some of the dishes she made. They were not the traditional Chinese cuisine. She used different ingredients and flavors. My favorites were chicken with Worcestershire sauce, celery and fresh squid, deep-fried pork chop, and homemade potato salad with Chinese sausage.

Do you have a recipe of your mother’s that you make for your family today?

I make all of these dishes for my family that I learned from my mom.

What recipe do you want your children to remember you by?

I think my daughter will remember me most by my sweet and sour pork chops that I make for her in the Thermomix®!

Alexandra Capriles Azpurua

Alexandra grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and has been with Thermomix® since March.

What was the dinner table like when you were a kid?

I’m the youngest of three by almost nine years, but my parents always had us sit together for lunch or dinner. Almost every Sunday for lunch, we would go to my grandmother Abita’s house, who used to cook the most delicious Polish food, and we would all be together with my aunt and cousins.

What do you remember about your mom and her cooking?

My mom was not in the kitchen very often, but when she was, it was WOW! She would make the best chicken pot pie, Brazo Gitano (a jelly roll cake), strawberry pie, and sugar cookies. In my family, we love desserts!

Do you have a recipe of your mother’s that you make for your family today?

My children all love her strawberry pie, and I also cook a lot of recipes from my grandmother and my husband’s grandmother.

What recipe do you want your children to remember you by?

I think my own family will remember me most by my signature OREO® pie.

Joanna Kulach

Joanna grew up in a small town in Poland by the mountains. She has been with Thermomix® since January.

What was the dinner table like when you were a kid?

Growing up, we always had Sunday breakfast with my parents and Sunday dinner with the entire family (grandparents, uncles, aunts).

What do you remember about your mom and her cooking?

When I think of childhood, it’s not my mother’s cooking I remember, it’s my grandma’s. She taught me everything I know about the kitchen and its tools. She passed down all of her recipes to me and I plan to do the same with my children. The smell of cinnamon and nutella will forever be in my memories because of her. Since my grandma was like my mom while my parents were away in America, she would cook all my meals for me.

Do you have a recipe of your grandmother’s that you make for your family today?

My favorite thing she made was an omelette with homemade strawberry jam. When I was finally reunited with my parents after three years, I would make my mom my grandma’s famous omelette. She never measured any ingredients, but somehow taught me how to get it ‘just right.’ Not bad for a 6-year-old! To this day, I still make her omelette for my family a few times a month and they love it. I also make her famous thumbprint cookies.

What recipe do you want your children to remember you by?

I think my kids will definitely remember me by that omelette, which is nice because it’s what I remember my grandma by and what she remembers hers by. As I sit here, I can still smell it!

Ana Guerrero

Ana grew up in Malaga, Spain and has been with Thermomix® almost two years.

What was the dinner table like when you were a kid?

Growing up, there was always a loaf of bread, plenty of fruit and nuts, and a hearty plate with another side dish for lunch. For dinner, we would usually have something lighter like a fish or a veggie, sauteed with olive oil and garlic, or a Spanish omelette. We would all sit together, and as the oldest of three, my mother would always be feeding one of my two younger sisters.

What do you remember about your mom and her cooking?

My mom loves to cook, so she would spend hours in the kitchen, and took pride in how long it took her to make a dish. It’s funny because now I’m proud of the shortest time it takes me! Her baked sole, croquetas and gazpacho were — and still are — my weakness, but I I enjoyed everything she made because I love to eat all kind of foods.

Do you have a recipe of your mother’s that you make for your family today?

I’ve simplified all of her recipes or adapted them to the Thermomix®, but the lentils stew still remains true to her flavors.

What recipe do you want your children to remember you by?

More than a recipe, I would love that they pick up on the tradition of sitting around the table as a family. The croquetas are so delicious that I know a smile will come to their faces every time they eat them when I’m not around anymore.

Diana Fortuna

Diana grew up in Zamosc, Poland. She has been with Thermomix® for a year and a half. 

What do you remember about your mom and her cooking?

Ever since I was little girl, I always helped my mom in the kitchen. She would always make great dishes from scratch, and encouraged my sisters and I to help in the kitchen. Even if it were small tasks like mixing or breaking eggs, she welcomed us in the kitchen whenever she was cooking. That’s when I started to enjoy spending time in the kitchen.

What was the dinner table like when you were a kid?

I especially loved dinners as a child because that meant that the whole family would sit down and spend time together.

Do you have a recipe of your mother’s that you make for your family today?

My favorite dishes to this day are dumplings with buckwheat, stuffed cabbage in mushroom sauce, stuffed chicken, and apple pie. These are the dishes that remind me most of my childhood. Now that I have my Thermomix®, I customized it to the way my mom would make meals and recreate her dishes.

What recipe do you want your children to remember you by?

I would love for my children to continue our love for cooking tradition, which is going to be much easier with my favorite appliance!

 

Ewa Modzelewski

Ewa grew up in Wroclaw, Poland and has been with Thermomix® since January.

What was the dinner table like when you were a kid?

When I was a child, we used to gather with my family at the dinner table. I have an older sister. She loved to eat meat and I was more on the vegetarian side. I really enjoyed having dinners with my family.

What do you remember about your mom and her cooking?

As a single mom, my mother worked a lot to take care of me and my sister but still found the time to spend hours in the kitchen preparing meals for us. I remember her making chicken soup and baking cakes. I used to lick the spatula whenever she made a chocolate cake.

Do you have a recipe of your mother’s that you make for your family today?

My favorite dish of hers was tomato soup and pierogies, that I make for my kids, as well as a few other recipes I learned from my mom like her chocolate cake.

What recipe do you want your children to remember you by?

Like her, I love to bake, and want my daughters to always remember how to make my orange cake and Raffaello cake.

Ana Sánchez Aguilar

 Ana grew up in Seville, Spain and has been with Thermomix® since December 2016.

What do you remember about your mom and her cooking?

As a kid, my mom spent countless hours in the kitchen making the same good old Spanish dishes. I really enjoy her cooking but I remember how repetitive it was! My mom and brother are great natural chefs and enjoy cooking, but I was never really into it.

Do you have a recipe of your mother’s that you make for your family today?

I loved her tortilla/Spanish omelette, rice pudding, and gazpacho, but didn’t have the skills to recreate her dishes until I got my Thermomix®. Now I use her recipes, but have adapted them to Thermomix® so that I can be sure to get it right every time!

What recipe do you want your children to remember you by?

Thanks to my favorite appliance, my kids get a wide variety of dishes and I hope they’ll remember all the Spanish, Australian and British dishes I make to remind them where they’re from.