I have had my very large share of recipe books over the years but realistically, while the books are visually appealing and contain come great recipes, out of a book of 100 pages or more, I would only use a few recipes. I have always loved flipping through magazines and tearing out recipes. This is why after 20+ years of doing that I amassed cartons and cartons of wonderful recipes that I would eventually collate and cook ‘one day’. These cartons have come with us whenever we moved house, but I would label them as stationery, because I’m sure my husband would have thrown them out had he known what they contained!
I, myself, have got sick of trying to find a spot in the house to store these cartons, so I set myself a task to finally collate them all. I bought a few A4 clear folders, but had to soon give up that idea and use large ring binders; so many recipes did I have! After doing this task over several nights, doing a bit here and there when I had time, I began to get tired and frustrated that I had kept so many recipes!
However, my enthusiasm began to fire up again when I saw all the deliciously beautiful creations that I could experiment with on my family! My mammoth task is almost complete and my daughter loves browsing through my own collection and photocopying some for herself. (She’s a wise girl, she’s started collating straightaway! A lesson learned from the mother, I suspect!)
I have even typed up and emailed recipes to satisfy requests from friends.
For this reason, I have decided to start a blog and share recipes I have collected over the years. Some use specific name brand ingredients, and I will name them. I have no affiliation with any supermarket, grocery line or electrical appliance, but if a particular item works, I will name it. In some of my recipes I will use oil, sugar, fat, natural ingredients, cream, whole foods, fresh fruit, frozen fruit, whatever will make that particular recipe work. I also have some lazy cooking shortcuts that I will share.
I will also take as many photos as possible of items I have made. I apologise in advance for the quality of the photos, as these will be photos taken by myself with my camera that fits neatly into my handbag, so they will not look like a glossy magazine excerpt.
I will also test any interesting products I see on the supermarket shelves. Unfortunately ‘time poor ‘ are two words heard way too often. Anything to make a cook’s life easier is a bonus.