from one generation to the next
The day has come when I can proudly say I have immortalized our family food heritage. My self published cookbook, hot off the printing press, is now in the hands of my extended family. I hope the love that went into this project is palpable.
I have achieved my objective. Please Pass The Recipe was initially purpose driven, but time and the life affirming experience that blogging has proved to be has reset my motivation.
From here on in, I blog purely for pleasure!
Feb 2013 Sandra wrote:
Time marches on and twelve months later, what started as a mother/daughter blog has evolved into just me, doing what I love best after my family; cooking, writing and photographing. Leah recognized the need for me to make a record of the food I cook, so please pass the recipe was created. Leah gave me the kick start I needed, I’d not have started blogging otherwise, but now I’m off and running, Leah has left me to it.
I’ve been cooking for well over 40 years, many of them professionally. I have no formal training, but guided by a love of eating, respect for ingredients, an abhorrence of artificial additives and a good palate, I have developed an instinctive style that has never been subjected to weights, measures and timing scrutiny. It has been a good discipline for me.
My blog will eventually be turned into a book to pass the recipes to my daughters and grandchildren.
I rely heavily on fresh vegetables so my dishes are seasonal. I love herbs and spices and revel in the the wonderful multicultural cuisine that we call “Australian”.
Feb 2012 Leah wrote:
When some of your best family heirlooms are flavours, tastes and memories, how do you translate that into something tangible to pass down the generations?
How do you cook an old family favourite when you haven’t tasted it, let alone cooked it, since you were 10 years old?
Where do you go to for advice when you dream of pikelets by the fire, or lime and chicken risotto?
In the past, you would visit your Mum or Nan’s kitchen and they would teach you, apron to apron. Being the modern world we now live in, popping over to Mum’s kitchen would involve 2 ½ hours flying time in each direction; aka not likely to happen very often! We make do with phone calls and emails, but it’s not quite the same as cooking together, and often I jump online to Google a recipe, before I think to pick up the phone. As a consequence, the family cooking traditions get diluted and the special tricks and flavours get lost. It’s a shame, and a situation I decided to rectify with a fun long distance project.
Across the country and time zones (okay I’m only an hour behind during summer time, but it’s a pain!), Mum is going to teach me our family dishes through this blog, posting some online herself, and others sending to me to try and test, which in turn I be will sharing the recipe with you all. The ultimate goal? A book that we plan to publish to give to the next generation. They are growing up so quickly, and I would love for them to have a souvenir, if not a guidebook, to the food culture that is our family.
And so here it is…a virtual apron strings to apron strings of passing on family recipes and favourites….. I hope you get some great ideas, and have as much fun reading our journey as we do in creating it.