|my mom & her chard|
which I grew in my yard
Her name is Nanci and she's an amazing cook. She did a great job of passing her culinary interests on to my sister and I. Living in Cameroon, we didn't have a lot of the convenience foods that are available in the U.S. My mom (and our househelp, Cornelia - my other Mom) had to make things from scratch. I wouldn't be the aspiring urban homesteader I am today if it weren't for watching them and acquiring from them a taste for real, homemade food.
She's not just a great cook. She's also a teacher, a student (working on her second Master's), a writer, a knitter, a cancer survivor, and an amazing woman who shares her strength with the people around her. I am so, so glad she's my Mama.