Thursday, September 10, 2009

Just Like Mama

My Mum is an awesome cook. And I am not just saying that because she's my Mum and I am biased. She's actually known in her town for being a good cook.

Growing up, she would always make us amazing dishes to show us how much she loved us. Still to this day, whenever I go to visit, she makes some phenomenal concoction that belongs in a fancy food magazine. All my life, I had never been a fab cook. I liked to experiment a little, but I didn't really get into cooking and baking until this year after I got married. Now I find that I am just like my Mum - making yummy things to show Brian how much I love him.

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This weekend, I made Tiramisu Cupcakes. I found an awesome recipe here, and had all the ingredients I needed on hand.

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It's funny because I never really thought of myself as a baker or a cook. I guess I am more like my Mum than I thought.

What have you picked up from your parents that surprises you?

42 comments:

Jaime said...

I love tiramisu and I love cupcakes! Yum! I actually had one at a cupcake tea at the Ritz in Boston- a post I posted last week. It was delish.

From my mom, I've noticed I picked up little idiocyncrasies (don't know how to spell that!).

a little twig birdhouse said...

Since being married I've been much more creative and excited to be in the kitchen making dishes for the husband too. Prior to marriage, I was happy with cereal for dinner.

Elle Bee... said...

Oh goodness, those cupcakes look delicious. I've always loved baking, which is the opposite of my mother. My mom couldn't wait until we were excited to take over that part of the kitchen.

Michele said...

Those cupcakes look great! I think I have inherited my mother's sensitivity. It has it's good and bad points.

alli michelle said...

How delicious! Those cupcakes look so good. Very cute post and drawing!

Christie Cottage said...

Yummy! Could you just mail me one?

:-)


http://christiecottage.blogspot.com

Renee said...

Mom my was always sewing and cooking. The older I get the more I sew and cook.

maggisaar said...

You sweet pictures are so tempting and evil on my diet!

Those look amazing. You're amazing!

Carol said...

I have totally picked up my mom's cooking skills too!

Marietta said...

I basically am like a copy of my mum and the more I grow the more I realise it. I picked up many good and many bad things like the habit of complaining! :)
But I find I'm really caring with people, I want to take care of them and be a good hostess plus I want to be in charge of everything!

Little Miss Tiara said...

haha... what surprised me was when I found out that my mom is actually more childish than me, lol. more demanding and all. she's the kid in the house, not even me can beat her. haha...

Sher said...

Oh the tiramisu cupcakes look so yummy! I'm drooling over them right now:)

I can't cook to save my life,I blame it on my mom who can cook literally anything under the sun:P

DesBisoux said...

these tiramisu cakes look soo cute!
I haven't found yet what i've picked up from my mom. maybe once i am a mom...
from my dad, unfortunatly i've picked up the need of constantly moving and not being able to settle down!!

LJ said...

Um...YUMMY! Those look delicious! I am going to make them for my boyfriend soon!

Something I get from my mother is the ability to be a gentle, but firm leader. She has been a teacher for 20 years, so I think she just brought her skills home! I attribute my ability to discipline with love to her.

Meghan said...

The cupcakes look AMAZING! There is a bakery in Chicago that has tiramisu as well and they are incredible.

I definitely did NOT pick up any sort of cooking or baking skills, but I have picked up my father's organizational skills and my mother's overall patience:)

Kristin said...

My Mom goes buck wild at holidays. Decoration overload. I have inherited the sickness!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh yes, darling, we're always more like our mum than we think! those cupcakes look delicious! yummy! xo

Pretty Neat Designs said...

I seem to have picked up a keen interest in photography. And museums. And peanut butter cups.

Vanessa said...

Well, you look like you're doing ok to me! Those look amaaaaazing.

Pamela said...

Oh, those look DELICIOUS!!!

Growing up I never thought I would enjoy preserving/canning fruit like my Mom always did for us...I'm sure she didn't LOVE to go through all that work, because it CAN get a little old, but she did it for her family out of love...I'm finding that I do the exact thing for my own little family. Thank you, Mom!!

Annie said...

oh my! those look delicious!!

something i picked up from my parents...the way they clean! i used to hate doing chores on weekends and always making sure everything was put away every day.
now i'm a neat freak and thankful they were always like that :)

Michelle said...

My mom and I are both reserved in front of strangers. But once we get to know people, we can talk, talk, talk! I'm JUST like my mom.

Tender Branson said...

Good or bad I picked up my working habits (always working until perfection) from my dad.

the Lost Earring said...

Those look wonderful! You know, I have to say I'm picking up on baking as well. My dad was a chef for over 30 years, and everyone in my Italian family is either an amazing cook or skilled baker. I always felt so left out. Recently, I've been baking more (for my sweetheart and my sweet tooth ha ha) and I really love it. I have an amazing recipe for avocado cupcakes that I got out of a veggie magazine--I'm telling you they are divine! I've even gone so far as to experiment by doing different versions of them--dark chocolate, white chocolate, etc. Let me know if you want the recipe :)

Phoenix said...

Definitely more of a baker than a cook...and I didn't pick up either of those from my parents, lol.

If you read my blog, you WILL notice where I get my sarcasm from... :)

Lindsey said...

Dionne, I am like you...until I got married I never cared much for cooking. I always liked to bake but didn't do it often. Then once I got married I started baking more. And last year when we bought our first home I really got into cooking/baking. Now I cook almost every night of the week and I love it. Can't imagine what it was like before. My mom is the best cook I know and I am always tring to live up to her great meals! I'm like her in many ways and hopefully one day I'll be the great cook she is.

{ Lindsey }
http://greatfullday.blogspot.com

Maki said...

You're such a great cook and a baker and Brian is so lucky to have you..

It surprises me when I talk to my girls, sometimes my voice or the way I talk totally reminds me of my mom. I'm totall turning into my mother..

BTW, can I just fly to Houston to eat your delicious cupcake?

Ali said...

Those cupcakes look like absolute perfection.

Totally get my organization skills from my mom, sick sense of humor from my dad!

photojoy said...

They look so delicious!
I am never a good cook, but it's really amazing that starting a family has made me enjoy cooking and baking to make them happy.

Kris said...

I want one for breakfast right now!

Kotori said...

What do you mean you're not a good cook? Every time you post food photos, they look fabulous!

Rebecca said...

as i was overly cleaning the kitchen floor yesterday...i realized i have my dad's obession with having a clean and orderly living space.

www.JulieEllynDesigns.etsy.com said...

I love your blog! The photos are amazing!

SK said...

Ever since I came to Boston for school I found myself craving the simple childhood dishes my mom used to make for me and would be completely satisfied having those childish dishes for dinner! hehe

Mmm tiramisu cupcakes? Two things I love in one? It's really chilly in Boston this weekend - I might just stay home and bake! :)

Tali Schiffer said...

Those cupcakes look awesome!! I too love to cook and even more, to bake for others to show them how much I love and appreciate them ;)
Brian is a lucky man for having you!!

Janie Out of Debt said...

Isn't it funny how you do different things when you are married?! I feel like I am cooking all of the time now too! I was the kid who always said, "No, I am not going to ever learn to cook because one day I will have a chef at my house!" Ha. Now I cook all of the time.

I am glad I found your blog. Love your designs.

Best wishes,

Janie

http://janieoutofdebt.blogspot.com

Torie Jayne said...

Your cupcakes look so great and i love the illustration, as always! Have a sweet day! x

Chessa! said...

your mum sounds amazing. I have so many crazy habits and quirks from my parents that I can't possibly list them all here. my sister and I though both make this "concentration face" as we call it that our mother makes...it's a little, random thing but we all share it...the wrinkled brow and the way that we sort of bite our lower lip.

Nicole Marie said...

yum yum yum!!

i've definitely picked up my love for traveling from my mom. and we both love to try new recipes even though we're not the best of cooks.

its funny how moms food just tastes better no matter how you try. i always make this pasta my mom makes but its just never the same!!

Hello, darling said...

Those look so good. I may just have to bake them myself =.]

Ann said...

I just love these photographs! I want to eat these cupcakes!

Bri said...

Oh my goodness those are too cute!

I think I'm too alike both of my parents to pick out one thing I got from them...