This morning, I said to my mother, “You look beautiful in that dress.”
And as she sat, across from the table, she couldn’t help but smile. It was a breathtaking smile, the kind that’s so bright that it becomes a white-washed photo in one’s memory.
Outside the window, drops of rain were beginning to fall, and I could smell the dampness of the earth.
So I asked her, “What makes you smile?”
And then she looked at me, and replied, “I smile because God loves me very much, and has blessed me with the most precious little girl. Which other woman’s first bite on this day in this world is eating a red velvet cake made by her daughter?”
This is my mother, and I love her.
A little boy asked his mother “Why are you crying？ 一個男孩問他的媽媽：『你為甚麼要哭呢？』
“Because I’m a woman,” she told him. 媽媽說：『因為我是女人啊。』
“I don’t understand,” he said. 男孩說：『我不懂。』
His mum just hugged him and said, “And you never will” 他媽媽抱起他說：『你永遠不會懂得。』
Later the little boy asked his father, “Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?” 後來小男孩就問他爸爸：『媽媽為甚麼毫無理由的哭呢？』
“All women cry for no reason,” was all his dad could say. 『所有女人都這樣。』他爸爸回答。
The little boy grew up and became a man,still wondering why women cry. 小男孩長成了一個男人，但仍舊不懂女人為甚麼哭泣。
Finally he put in a call to God; and when God got on the phone, he asked, “God, why do women cry so! Easily?” 最後，他打電話給上帝；當上帝拿起電話時，他問道：『上帝，女人為甚麼那麼容易哭泣呢？』
God said: “When I made the woman she had to be special. I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world;yet, gentle enough to give comfort” 上帝回答說： 『當我創造女人時，讓她很特別。我使她的肩膀能挑起整個世界的重擔；並且，又柔情似水。』
“I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her children” 『我讓她的內心很堅強，能夠承受分娩的痛苦和忍受自己孩子多次的拒絕。』
“I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up,and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining “ 『我賦予她耐心，使她在別人放棄的時候繼續堅持， 並且無怨無悔的照顧自己的家人，渡過疾病和疲勞。』
“I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances,even when her child has hurt her very badly” 『我賦予她在任何情況下，都會愛孩子的感情，即使她的孩子傷害了她。』
“I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart” 『我賦予她包容她丈夫過錯的堅強和用他的勒骨塑成她來保護他的心。』
“I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife,but sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly” 『我賦予她智慧，讓她知道一個好丈夫是絕不會傷害他的妻子的，但有時我也會考驗她支持自己丈夫的決心和堅強。
』“And finally, I gave her a tear to shed. This is hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed.” 『最後，我讓她可以流淚。只要她願意。這是她所獨有的。』
“You see: The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears,the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.”! 『你看，女人的漂亮不是因為她穿的衣服、她保持的體型或者她梳頭的方式。』“The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes,because that is the doorway to her heart * the place where love resides.” 『女人的漂亮，必須從她的眼睛中去看， 因為那是她心靈的窗戶和愛居住的地方。』Please send this to all the beautiful women you know today in celebration of Women’s History Month. If you do, something good will happen. You will boost another woman’s self-esteem!請把這篇文章分享給你認識的漂亮的女人。 如果你做了的話，將會發生一些美妙的事情， 你能夠提高她們的自尊心。Every Woman is Beautiful. 每一個女人都漂亮
Ingredients for the red velvet cake:
2 cups AP flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp fine sea salt
2 tbsp dutch-processed cocoa
2 cups white granulated sugar
2 tsp liquid red food colouring, if using gel, use 1 1/2 tsp
1 cup grape seed or other mild oil
2 free range eggs, at room temperature
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp white vinegar
1 cup buttermilk (mix 1 c regular milk, I used 2%, with 1 tsp white vinegar)
1/2 cup fresh strong black coffee
To make the red velvet cake, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F, with the rack in the middle of the oven. Line two 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa into the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk lightly with a fork to evenly distribute the ingredients.
In a large separate bowl, beat together the sugar, red colouring, and oil until the colour is very even throughout, this is especially important if you use gel colouring, because once you add the liquids, it will be impossible to get the lumps of gel to incorporate). Add the eggs and beat to mix well. Add the vanilla, vinegar, and stream in the buttermilk and coffee, then stir until the mixture is completely homogenous and the sugar has dissolved (no longer gritty at the bottom).
Pour the egg mixture into the mixer bowl and mix on medium speed until moistened, then increasing to high speed until the batter is just smooth, without lumps and starting to bubble. Pour the batter, it will be thin, into the prepared pans and bake for 35 minutes, or until done and moist.
Cool completely, wrap and chill in the fridge; it will stay fresh for 5 days.
Ingredients for the white chocolate cream cheese chantilly:
2 cups whipping cream
150 g white chocolate
30 g cream cheese
To make the chantilly, combine all ingredients in a saucepan and heat on medium, stirring constantly, until the chocolate and cream cheese has melted completely into the cream. Take off the heat, and cool to room temperature. Chill in the fridge overnight, then whip it as you would with regular cream, until quite firm. Use immediately to frost the cake, dip any leftovers with strawberries.
To assemble the cake, peel off the parchment and slice off any protruding dome off the cake rounds and reserve the trimmed bits. Put one cake layer, top side-down, onto your cake stand. Spread 1 scant cup of the chantilly over it. Cover with the second cake layer, spreading another cup of chantilly over this layer. Reserve 4 tbsp of the frosting, and spread the rest over the sides of the cake. Put the reserved chantilly in a piping bag fitted with a star or round tip and pipe 16 little mounds along the edge of the top. Garnish with white chocolate chips, if desired. Gently rub the cake trimmings between your hands to make crumbs, and sprinkle them onto the cake as you please.
Chill the cake, covered in a dome of some sort, once more overnight, then it’s good to go!