Cooking with Mom

Lena, 1990s – Current

Lime pickle is one of my favorite things to add to Indian food, which my mom knows, so she will cook it with me whenever we are together. I chose this picture because it reminds me of spending time with mom, which I don’t get to do enough now that we are on different coasts. It’s also a small way to touch base with my Indian heritage, something that I admittedly don’t do very frequently in my daily life. Cooking is definitely not a specialty of mine, but I like cooking with my mom and learning recipes from her (none of which she will write down) because it feels like family lore – something my sisters and I can pass down. Also, my mom believes that when she is feeding me she is showing me her love, so I can carry that with me wherever I go.

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