Mother’s Day Blog Post by Brian (the husband), and Nutella on a Spoon

So its become a tradition for me to take the wheel of Take Back the Kitchen on Mother’s Day, giving Alma both a day off and a well-deserved tribute. Well, I have a bit of writer’s block and performance anxiety as the deadline approaches, so I am going freestyle from here….

The hardest day of the (my) year? Its a tie, between Mother’s Day and her birthday.

Never do I want more to do everything right, and yet nearly always stumble in a way that makes it seem as though I don’t always listen to what my lovely wife says. She would never eat full fat yogurt, not even as part of a Mothers Day breakfast in bed, not even if thoughtfully topped off with an organic strawberry. Don’t I remember that last week
she was lamenting how she accidentally bought whole milk yogurt instead of fat free at the store and had to give it away to a friend? (I nod and tell her I do recall that conversation, but I really don’t) “Who would eat something with as much fat as ice cream, but is not ice cream?” Not Alma. My bad.

On the other hand, she was touched when she awoke to a decorative platter containing her thyroid pill and a glass of water. Alma cannot have her coffee until 30 minutes after ingesting the pill, and this little touch went a long way, and may have even overwhelmed the later yogurt incident.

5:15 PM as I write this, and Alma has not cooked a thing all day, which is rare. As you all know she spends a good deal of her time taking care of the family’s diet, dealing with some very picky eaters, making sure everyone gets enough fruits and vegetables, sneaking wheat germ and other foreign substances into pancakes, updating our own “Dirty Dozen” list of what must be organic, debating me in the aisles of Whole Foods, often by cell phone, over milk vs antibiotic and hormone free milk vs. organic milk. I think we are now eating grass-fed broccoli.

In any case, everyone needs a break, and today I handled breakfast, and helped the kids assemble a special one for Alma. It was Tex-Mex (out) for a very late lunch, and looking like a cereal and left-overs for dinner. I caught Alma eating Nutella off a spoon, which admittedly I had loaded for myself before being distracted and leaving it on the kitchen island. Happy Mother’s Day, Alma!!!!! (the punctuation is mocking; why do women use so many exclamation points?)

Nutella on Spoon

1 hidden jar of Nutella
1 teaspoon

Sneak into kitchen when assured wife is upstairs and kids are not around. Scoop to taste. Place used spoon in sink as if you are not about to need it again in 5 minutes.


10 Responses

  1. charming, funny and truthful! lucky for me my "so what is this kitchen-room for anyway?" husband cooked a frittata this morning and he was applauded by all including happy children who were as pleasantly surprised as i! happy mother's day alma.

  2. I think your recipe last year had one or two more ingredients or steps. I love it when things are so simple! John is still triaging the kitchen each night, getting all our breakfast stuff prepped and kids' lunches in order. plus he's making dinner 5 of 7 nights a week. my chiquitas remind me how lukcy I am. I'll share the nutella recipe with him to add to his triage repertoire.

  3. A recipe I can follow perfectly. Thanks, Brian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, I am guilty of the exclamation point abuse. Alma is not only a wonderful mother, wife, cook, and friend, she is also so healthy that she can follow the 80:20 rule and could have consumed that full fat yogurt. So don't beat yourself up.

  4. Full fat Goat Milk Yogurt is the way to go: 5 grams of fat per serving. And seriously Alma you can do with a little more fat. Remember many veggies are fat soluble. All that low fat/fat free stuff isn't actually so good.

  5. I love this recipe, with one variation. At some point I read about how our bodies need a certain amount of fat, so now I don't bother putting the spoon in the sink.

    Seriously, our household has been wavering from our low-fat yogurt habit, as full-fat yogurt has less sugar per serving (1 cup of Stonyfield Farm is 15g vs 13g) and sugar seems like the bigger evil to us.

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