My mother in law Beatriz passed away 3 days before Christmas 2010. It was a long hard year when we heard the diagnosis of her late stage brain cancer. She was such a well loved, vibrant, energetic and insatiably curious soul who could befriend someone in an instant. So many of our friends who met Beatriz became instant friends. One time at a beach in New Jersey, we met an acquantaince with a child adopted from Colombia. She was excited to meet Beatriz who grew up in Medellin, in the state of Antioquia. Within 20 minutes, it was like they had known each other for years. When my wife and I lived in Hong Kong, Beatriz came for a weeklong visit. Right away, a dear friend of ours made plans to visit her and to share recipes and shopping adventures. The age difference of 30 years did not make any difference! They kept up writing letters to each other for years.
A few years ago, I had a sense that perhaps we should preserve and capture one of “Abuelita’s” signature recipes. So armed with a basic point and shoot digital camera (a Fuji FinePix F20) I shot and edited this film Empanadas Antioquenas (in iMovie) and now it’s gone past tens of thousands of views on YouTube. Beatriz has become everyone’s mother and Abuelita. I still need to add English subtitles, but you can pretty much follow along even without knowing Spanish.
In Loving Memory of Beatriz Valencia Agudelo
May 31, 1940 – December 22, 2010