You all know that I love to cook and bake. I read food blogs and websites. Cookbooks as bedside reading are a given. Cooking is not only how I nurture and delight my family and friends, it’s how I explore, travel and taste the world right in my own home.
Lately, people have been after me to compile a book of the recipes I’ve cooked over the years that have become family favorites. Now I’m not a recipe writer. Whilst some of my recipes have come from my mother and grandmother…other family favorites have come from famous chefs, cookbooks and websites.
My people don’t care that the recipes aren’t my originals. They just want everything in one place, so they can recreate them without having to call or write from afar and ask. It’s a family history. A memoir of tastes and times.
There are online companies that provide templates and print your family cookbook. But I decided to do it in a more homemade manner because I wanted to have the space for creativity, to write memories and anecdotes, do a little scrapbooking amongst the recipes.
The compilation of a lifetime of my recipes seemed like a daunting task. I didn’t want to start it and then get overwhelmed and give up. So in order to make it doable, I’ve decided to write one recipe a day. Just one. I can do that!
When I’m satisfied with my collection, I’ll go to the marvelous copy/print shop and choose some heavy, creamy paper and wire binding. Voila! A priceless gift, a history of my life in the kitchen. Guaranteed delicious.
That’s my first recipe: do something once a day and you’ll get the big job done.
P.S. Wasn’t it just Christmas? Then Valentine’s? Now Easter is upon us and Tropica has emptied out for its annual two week hiatus. Everyone’s left town for the beach or parts unknown. I need to be home for reasons I’ll disclose in the near future. So I’m pondering the delightful question of what shall I cook for Easter lunch. Gotta go now and write my recipe of the day!