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24 June 2013

the a to z of me :: r

r is for recipes
so, it's no secret that i love to cook. my earliest memories of cooking involved my mum's handwritten gems flowing out of an old, haggard recipe book she had kept since she was in her early twenties. you could see the handwriting change as she matured, could tell her favourite meals by the extra-worn out page corners, and easily note the amendments to the recipes as she changed from imperial to the metric system.

now, i remember a lot of those recipes. i could make them now, without the need of a recipe book. and, in this day and age of internet, who ever really needs to write these sorts of thing down anyway? well, while that's fine and well for now, what happens in the future? no-one knows how to make my mum's lasagna quite like my mum - and me, and how could i ever pass this recipe along, without having it written down?

so, i've invested in and resolved to keep my very own recipe book for any future recipe-passing-along-type experiences that i might find myself in. i picked this gem up on sale at paperchase during the week, reduced from £14 to four pounds. i instantly loved the teal gingham look, and soon found it has tabs inside that allow for different sections; meat, poultry, savoury, sweets, etc, another bonus. now, i'll just have to find the time to put aside to dedicate to writing up all of the recipes i currently have stored in my tiny brain. perhaps i could give up blogging?


have you you got any recipes you'd like to share with me? email them to me at imbeingerica@hotmail.co.uk!

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  1. I think family recipes are a lovely thing. Most people have memories of their parents - or grandparents - cooking certain dishes, and eating them now can totally bring us back to another time.

    Sadly, I am now vegetarian/vegan (depends on the week really haha), so most of my family's recipes aren't applicable to my lifestyle. Still, I've been wanting to put together a recipe book! I'm thinking about designing one and having it printed later this year & giving one to my Mom for Christmas to share my own recipes with her (and it will be nice to pass down to someone else some day too)!

    1. that is SUCH a lovely idea! my mum would adore something like that, so i hope she doesn't read this. ahhaha! a shame about losing some of your favourites due to lifestyle, but you could always experiement with meal alternatives? xx

  2. Nothing beats your own mums cooking, in my experience (though not in my mums experience, since my gran could only make the BEST soup and yummiest home made chips which would probably induce a heart attack but hey ho). I'm constantly phoning and emailing my mum about her recipes at the most random times (10pm phone call "mum, you put garlic in this yeah?"). It's a great idea to jot them down, the thought if future generations pouring over the notebook is a sweet thought. :) xo


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