Where do you keep your recipes? When I first went overseas I had a motley collection of pages torn out of magazines and handwritten scraps of paper which I tucked inside a 1937 cookbook I’d inherited from my mother. That old recipe book stood me in good stead as I learned to cook in a country where convenience food was almost non-existent. In many ways it helped me change the way I cook forever, but in time I grew weary of sorting through all the bits of paper and decided to create my own cookbook of family favourites.
It took time to type them all into my computer, but once that was done I could print them out and put them in a 3 ring binder. Every time we moved countries I’d ditch the binder (one less thing to pack) and print them out again when I arrived in my new location. Along the way of course I picked up lots of new recipes from the people I met. These ones were special and I would usually name them for the people who gave them to me. So I have Olga’s Beans, a wonderful stew of beans, dried fruits and caramelized onions, Milli’s Chicken and Rice, her Louisiana speciality and Angele’s Lemon Meringue Pie, an out-of-this world confection and just as easy to make as a can or packet mix. My latest version of the 3 ring binder is even decorated with many of their photos.
Today is World Blog Action Day and the topic is food, hence this post. However I’d also like to use this opportunity to ask you to contribute YOUR recipes to a project I’m involved with which is the Families in Global Transition Cookbook Project. Proceeds from the sale of the book will help to provide scholarships to their annual conference for students, volunteers and non-profits. And if you want to know which recipe I contributed, you’ll have to buy a copy 🙂