Please Pass the Recipe

from one generation to the next

Nostalgic Family Food

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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.

Mission accomplished!!

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

24 comments on “Nostalgic Family Food

  1. Fig & Quince
    July 29, 2014

    What a meaningful, poignant accomplishment. The best possible family heirloom. The Internet is lucky to have you, thank you for sharing your family recipes and stories, Sandra!

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 29, 2014

      Oh thank you Azita, you are very kind. It is incredibly gratifying to have achieved my goal

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  2. My Kitchen Witch
    July 24, 2014

    Congrats new author! What a wonderful keepsake you have produced for your family. And, I’m glad to hear you will be continuing with the blogging. I love how you describe the blogging experience. I feel the same.

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 24, 2014

      Thanks Deb, friends like you are an excellent reason to stick with this blogging lark!

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  3. ChgoJohn
    July 23, 2014

    Heartfelt congratulations! This is quite an accomplishment, one that your family will increasingly cherish as the years pass. Glad, too, that you’re not going anywhere. WordPress wouldn’t be the same without you. 🙂

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 23, 2014

      Aw, thanks John. It is an accomplishment. I’m sure not much will change with the blog from here on in….

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  4. Sally
    July 23, 2014

    Bravo – I can’t imagine life without blogging now 🙂 Looking forward to the next step on the journey

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 23, 2014

      Thanks Sally. Blogging has been a huge bonus to this project…

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  5. chef mimi
    July 23, 2014

    Mission accomplished indeed! This is fabulous!!! My blogging is totally for selfish reasons, except for the fact that I hope I can inspire someone in the kitchen, but ending up with a recipe book is a wonderful idea!!! Congratulations and keep blogging!!!

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 23, 2014

      Thanks Mimi, I’m so happy with the result. It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable project, thanks to the blogging aspect…….

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  6. Fae's Twist & Tango
    July 23, 2014

    Congratulations Dear Sandra! Nostalgic Family Food! Wonderful! You know how I feel about your cooking and blog. I want to grow-up to be as good as you. Yes, there are more surprises in the store for you… Volume Numero Dos!

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  7. StefanGourmet
    July 23, 2014

    Congrats! Glad to read you’ll keep blogging. We love having you around 🙂

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  8. tinywhitecottage
    July 23, 2014

    How wonderful Sandra! I love that you self published a cookbook. (I have a little dream to do this myself) It is always a pleasure to see your posts and I can only imagine how wonderful it must be to hold that cookbook and turn the pages!

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 23, 2014

      Thanks Seana, yes, satisfying indeed and the munchkins are already cooking from it….

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  9. Glenda
    July 22, 2014

    Congratulations on achieving your dream. What a wonderful achievement.

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  10. Francesca
    July 22, 2014

    It’s a wonderful thing to put your family’s food together, along with photos memorabilia and your own recipes, in a book to share with your children and grandchildren. I tend to think there is more meaning and immediate relevance in this than in seeking fame and fortune through grander publications and aspirations. And I am also very pleased to hear that the journey continues.

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 22, 2014

      Thanks Francesca. I have an appreciative audience in my family, that’s all I aspire to! The blogging audience is a bonus…

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  11. Anne Wheaton
    July 22, 2014

    I’m sure there’ll be enough recipes for a second volume. Hoping to read about them here. Congratulations on finishing and publishing your book – I’m sure your family will treasure it.

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 22, 2014

      Thanks Ann, not so sure about volume 2, but i’ll still be hanging out in the kitchen

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  12. marymtf
    July 22, 2014

    We’ve been grateful that you’ve shared some of your family recipes with us and we are happy to have had the chance to know you. Here’s hoping that it’s not the end of the road and that you will launch yourself on a new journey. Hugs to you Lady Red Specs, Mary xoxoxo

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 22, 2014

      It’s a good feeling to have achieved my goal, but you don’t get rid of me that easily……

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