A dear friend of mine bought me a blank recipe book for my birthday 4 years ago. She must have had foreknowledge of what was to come! It is a place for favourite recipes, creating new combinations and exploring ideas. Now, I have probably 4 pages that have not been written on but I’ll never buy a new one, I’ll just keep adding pages to this one. The book is severely thumbed but I think this makes it look well loved.
So where do we all keep our recipes? My recipe book has been written in by me, my Granny has filled in her favourite baking recipes and I have leaflets and clippings from so many places. Because of the various additions over the years and the different people who have contributed to it, this recipe book is inexplicably treasured. I also have many old cookery books, late 1890’s and onwards and things have not changed much. These old recipe books are full of newspaper cut outs and notes from the previous owner. I have one book from 1936 which belonged to a lady called Eileen. She has written in many recipes including lemon pie and ham soup. Some of the recipes have notes on top of the originals where amounts or methods have been changed.
Some of the recipes can be stored in the brain of course, maybe some people keep their most secret recipes locked in upstairs. I write mine down for fear of forgetfulness. Perhaps some people don’t store recipes as such but store basic principles and flavour combinations. If the recipes aren’t written down, they can never be passed on. My Nana wrote her recipes down but in some sort of secret Nana code which is almost impossible to understand unless you ask her. My Granny however never writes her recipes down, only the baking recipes, but when she does it’s like she’s talking the recipe through with you.
There is of course, the blog. This for me, is a snapshot of what I’ve been up to and shovelling into my face. I create and eat so much more than I communicate through my blog and I’m sure it’s the same for most bloggers. It’s a great way to connect with thousands of other people and share ideas.
Where do you keep yours?
All That I’m Eating