Tomorrow, I get to make my first attempt at Gumbo. I am thrilled, and totally terrified. 😛
I asked my mom for the recipe, so that I could make it for Christmas for Japanese friends, in order to share a bit of my culture with them (Even though it’s definitely not a standard Christmas dinner for Texans, it’s my family’s Christmas dinner pretty much every year.), and also to feel at home a bit for the holiday.
Now, my mom couldn’t just send me the recipe. Why? She said that she would have to tell it to me. “Really? It’s not written down somewhere?” I thought. Well, apparently it is possibly written somewhere, however, my mom doesn’t use it. She uses the recipe her mother has used for the past however many decades, which is probably just about the same as her mother used. How cool is that? Family tradition that’s extra-especial. We have a family recipe. Well, sort of, anyway. 😛
Now I just have to get it right, and then remember it forever, so that I can continue the tradition of delicious Gumbo in our family.
P.S. “Loser’s Gumbo” is a fabulous song by Shake Russel and Michael Hearne. Find it. Listen to it. Laugh at it. Enjoy it forever. 🙂