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 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 recipes:
- Aunt Mary’s Pasta Salad – BG Garden
- 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
- Chocoflan – Juanita’s Cocina
- Bucatini all’Amatriciana – Mooshu Jenne
- Mediterranean Couscous Salad – In the Kitchen With KP
- 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
- Polish Rustic Plum Tart – Comfy Cuisine
- Drop Scones (Scottish Pancakes) – Cositas Bonitas
- Borscht Shooters – Cookistry
- Shepherd’s Pie – Big Bear’s Wife
- Parsnip Cakes – Mama’s Blissful Bites
- Roasted Curried Vegetables – Hot Curries & Cold Beer