Fast forward to those years with a cook. In Thailand in particular, we had a wonderful maid-cook, Somchit. She loved catering to my then husband and my two blond boys. Fresh seafood was a given in that country and often when my husband and I would go out, I would suggest shrimp for the children's dinner. Easy for her to do and simple. Other times when I would cook, and I did, I might make more elaborate meals mostly because I had someone to do the cleanup. What a joy that was! But in time my middle child asserted himself and said what later became a family standard. "Gourmet crap again?"
That little blond boy is now a chef for the Fairmont chain of hotels. He has gone from cooking at the late Deli Haus in Boston, while at Berklee, to working on fishing boats in Alaska to cooking...you got it! Gourmet Crap!
Mother's day is always a hectic day no matter what hotel he's at, and this year he is in Southern California. His Mother's Day greeting via Facebook had both me and my husband burst out laughing. He nailed the perfect image!