from one generation to the next
“We taste with our hearts as much as our tongues. What else could explain adult preferences for their mother’s dishes over those prepared by a great chef.”
From The Flavour Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
The foodie journey that has me brought to this post has been an experience way beyond my wildest imaginings. It began with my daughter’s simple statement, “you should start a blog Mum.”
After a bit of a push from Leah I tentatively started, Please Pass The Recipe. Having spent decades in the kitchen most domestically and some professionally, it wasn’t the food prep that daunted me, but I confess to hesitating about diving into the social media whirlpool. My fears were ill founded and maintaining my blog has grown to become an immensely pleasurable extension to my favourite retirement pursuits of cooking, photography, travelling and writing.
For 30 months, PPTR has focussed on passing family recipes from mother to daughter. In generations past family food legacies were passed down by word of mouth and in handwritten volumes of tried and true recipes, but the internet has changed the way that we all communicate and the blogging platform has enabled me to add my voice to our favourite family food.
Most of the previously posted recipes have become a page entry in my recently self published book, “Nostalgic Family Food,” a very limited edition (8 copies) compilation of recipes of the food I fed my kids, food my Mum fed me and a few old fashioned comfort dishes from my Grandma’s era. Along with old family photos and amusing anecdotes the recipe book is a social adjunct to our family history.
This is not the end of Please Pass The Recipe though. The blogging process both stimulates and informs me, it bridges gaps between age and cultures and my days would be incomplete without my blogger friends.
Thank you all for following me on this journey.