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Sweeten Mother’s Day with Something Sweet


All  Moms are special, including my Mom.

Every time Mother’s Day arrives, I always remember special foods that my Mom cooked for me during my childhood.

No doubt that there’s a powerful connection between my Mom and foods. After all, it was my Mom who fed me my first meal and most of the foods I ate growing up.  My Mom comforted me with my favorite soup, cheer me up with sweet treat, and made my favorite meals just because she loved me.

To sweeten Mother’s Day, I would like to share a simple sweet treat locally known as “Manisan Kolang Kaling” (candied palm fruit) which my Mom often made for me and my sisters as sweet treat when we were kids.

What is ‘Kolang Kaling’?

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Double Heart for Mother’s Day

Tiffany Double Heart

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world.

In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May and this year Mother’s day will be on May 11 so it is just around the corner.

Although in my country Mother’s Day or locally known as Hari Ibu is celebrated on December 22, I am inspired to cook something special for Mother’s day in May.

I am thinking about something rare and unusual …. and special …… so I browsed the internet to find something interesting and suddenly something unusual caught my attention. I saw a picture of what I recognized to be ‘jantung pisang’ or literally means banana heart

If you’ve ever seen a banana tree, perhaps you have noticed the teardrop-shaped purple cone at the end of the banana fruit cluster. This is the banana heart, also called the banana blossom.

In a tropical country like my country, you’ll see these all the time, but so far I’ve never thought about cooking them.

Hey… I got an idea…why not try to cook banana heart for Mother’s Day? 

To my surprise, there are so many recipes using banana heart. And one particular recipe has caught my attention – it’s a recipe of banana heart in duet with chicken heart so I named the recipe “Double Heart”

Why Double Heart?

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Mother How Are You Today

ILoveYou Mom

In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May and this year will fall on 12 May.

Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March, April or May,  as a day to honor mothers and motherhood.

In most countries Mother’s Day is a recent observance derived from the holiday as it evolved in the United States. When adopted by other countries and cultures it was given different meanings, associated to different religious, historical and legendary events, and celebrated on different dates.

In my country (Indonesia), we celebrate Mother’s Day, known as Hari Ibu, on December 22nd.

Why December 22nd ?

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Mother’s Signature Dish for Mother’s Day

This year, Mother’s Day will be celebrated on May 8th in the US and some other countries like Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium. It is a time of commemoration and celebration for Mom. An opportunity for us to express our love and respect to our mother. It’s time to pamper her for all she has done for us over the years.

In my country, Mother’s day (or Hari Ibu) is celebrated nationally on December 22. It is the day of the first Indonesian Women Congress  from December 22 to 25, 1928 conducted in Yogyakarta, Central Java.  It was attended by 30 feminist organizations from 12 cities in Java and Sumatra. Feminist organizations have existed since 1912, inspired by Indonesian heroines of the 19th century, e.g. Kartini, Martha Christina Tiahahu, Cut Nyak Dien, Maria Walanda Maramis, Dewi Sartika, Nyai Ahmad Dahlan, Rasuna Said etc.

Picture from gunawank.wordpress.com

The idea to make the day official was started during the third Indonesian Women Congress in 1938. It was signed by president Soekarno under the Presidential Decree no. 316 year 1959. The day was originally aimed to celebrate the spirit of Indonesian women and to improve the condition of the nation.

Why Mother’s Signature Dish?

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