This week’s #SundaySupper theme is Heritage. I have always joked that I am a bit of a mutt, but really that isn’t true. I was adopted at birth, so my mom and dad are really the mutts. I am not really sure what either of them are. A lot of everything. And my step dad is German. And … hubby is Scottish and well, it’s not like I was out of choices there, so I knew this week would be super easy.
Then I got to thinking about it.
When I was in 7th grade my mother pushed me to take French in school. I didn’t understand it at all. Everyone else was taking Spanish but she insisted I took French. Then when 8th grade rolled around, she insisted I continue with it, and so I did, because by that time I actually loved the language and the culture and was a bit obsessed really. And she always encouraged it.
The funny thing is, I always thought the main reason she was pushing it is because she lived in Canada before I was born and they adopted me. So I really had no clue what the real reason until I was going into my 3rd year of French and one day she she told me.
She said the only thing I know about your biological mother is that they had a French Heritage. She wouldn’t say anything else, and I don’t think I asked much more. I think I was sort of stunned.
All these years later, I know what my biological families last name is. And it is indeed 100% French. There were a few that immigrated over to Germany and multiplied that way, but the name is and was originally 100% French.
I will always love that side of my momma. That side that didn’t want to admit to the fact that I was 100% hers, but yet she still gave me that gift of my past which is a beautiful thing. I did complete 5 full years of French. I wish I could tell you that means something, like I can speak it fluently, but alas, I cannot. Unfortunately time has made me forget a lot. I can translate better than I can speak it. I can tell you what thousands of words are and a lot of it is coming back as my teens are taking French in school, which as been really awesome.
So of course, for Heritage week and #SundaySupper, I chose a French meal, and I really chose the most popular French meal. It’s a favorite of mine and my kids, and we’re sharing it with you. Enjoy!
Ready to get hungry? Don’t forget to visit the other great Heritage #SundaySupper recipes:
- Scotch Eggs and Brotchen Rolls –
- Aunt Mary’s Pasta Salad – BG Garden
- Apple Kuchen – Mrs. Mama Hen
- Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken) – Beetle’s Kitchen Escapades
- Spaghetti Carbonara – Katherine Martinelli
- Slow Cooker Chicken Paprikash – Make Dinner Easy
- Potato and Spinach Knishes – The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- German Potato Salad – Magnolia Days
- Sausage and Broccoli with Orecchiette – Daddy Knows Less
- Chicken Enchiladas Suizas – The Weekend Gourmet
- Strawberry Tiramisu – Chocolate Moosey
- Chocoflan – Juanita’s Cocina
- Egg Liqueur Cake –
- Bucatini all’Amatriciana – Mooshu Jenne
- Rasmalai (Ricotta in Sweet Coconut Milk with Almonds and Pistachio) –Sue’s Nutrition Blog
- Mediterranean Couscous Salad – In the Kitchen With KP
- Rouladen – Midlife Road Trip
- Lemon Balm Roasted Chicken and Rum Raising Cupcakes with Maple Frosting – What Smells So Good?
- Keftikas (Turkish Meat and Leek Patties) – The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Croque Monsieur with a Béchamel sauce – The Daily Dish Recipes
- Momma’s Meat Pie with Poutine Sauce – Momma’s Meals
- Polish Rustic Plum Tart – Comfy Cuisine
- Drop Scones (Scottish Pancakes) – Cositas Bonitas
- Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding – The Lovely Pantry
- Borscht Shooters – Cookistry
- Shepherd’s Pie – Big Bear’s Wife
- Parsnip Cakes – Mama’s Blissful Bites
- Roasted Curried Vegetables – Hot Curries & Cold Beer
- Portuguese Mussels in a Chorizo Sauce – Family Foodie
- Wine pairings for all the recipes – ENOFYLZ
Nicole Cook is the owner/editor of Daily Dish Recipes, a lifestyle blog with an emphasis on food/cooking/cocktails and much more.
She calls the Midwest home – Missouri to be exact. Coffee is her go-to drink, music is her vice and she is endlessly tethered with devices to her online world. She loves all things planner, lives for her great big family and loves her pets endlessly!
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