For my interview assignment I chose my mother. This remarkable woman has made my breakfast, lunch and dinner for 18 years. I call her the organic queen because of her passion for making the best quality food for her family which in turn shows how she truly cares. She has instilled in my family the importance of a good meal and has never complained about the huge amount of work she puts in everyday for making meals for everyone else. I could not thank her enough for her amazing cooking skills that she has graced me with my whole life. I hope to instill these same qualities into my future family.
What did I hate eating when I was younger?
Mom: “Wow…Hmmm. I honestly cannot think of anything. I introduced you to so many different types of food at such a young age you were well acclimated to food that you liked everything.”
Did recipes change with relationships and marriages?
Mom: “Yes dramatically. When I was younger my knowledge of the different chemicals in food and pesticides was minimum. I would eat whatever was on sale with little to no regard to the ingredients. But as I became more informed it made me a faithful organic food buyer.”
How did you start cooking—made you want to start?
Mom: “When I was a little girl I wanted to show my mother I was mature so I would step in and make dinner.”
What is your favorite meal to make?
Mom: “Clam Linguini, turkey dinner and I also love to make tacos and fajitas.”
What were my manners as a kid?
Mom: “Your manners were very formal. As a family we ate at the table with cloth napkins and put a lot of emphasis on table manners.”
What is a favorite food memory of me growing up?
Mom: “You sitting at your mickey mouse table with your white snow boots that you insisted on wearing in the house. Your little feet would dangle and you would eat from your divided plate eating raw broccoli and a quesadilla sipping from your Sippy cup full of apple juice.”
Do you regret cooking or feeding me anything?
Mom: “I wish we didn’t go to McDonalds as much when you were a kid. I also wish I never introduced you to bacon or steak.”
Did you cook for me or for yourself?
Mom: “I had a full time job and I felt that if I couldn’t be home to be your mom I could provide you with the best possible nutritious food I could.”
Additional Comments from Mom:
Mom: “In my childhood I was always fed good food but food was always controlled and monitored. Being forced to eat things I didn’t like such as peas and kale I knew when I would have kids I would do things differently. I made all of your own baby food; you never ate baby food from the grocery store. I also made a special shelf in the pantry for you, it was at your level and I filled it with snacks that I wanted you to have such as whole grain cheerios and vegetables. I wanted you to be able to eat when you were hungry. I believe that this made you make great future food choices.”
I really enjoyed interviewing my mother. I try to give her as much appreciation as I can for the many things that she does for me which is much more than just making me meals. This assignment gave me a chance to show interest in all of the hard work she has put in to providing my family with healthy and nutritious food. I am a better person for all of her wonderful choices. When I have kids of my own I want to make them their own baby food and make their every meal because I believe it shows how much a person cares and loves someone else.