My eldest daughter moved out of home last year, and for the first time she started to get interested in cooking. Her request for a particular recipe of her (recently passed) Grandma’s sprouted a creative idea in me.
My children have grown up with their Grandma as a major part of their lives; from the time they were born she fed them, and the last 10 years she resided with us and continued to nourish us with her cooking and her love.
I decided that a recipe book was in order – a collation of her most favoured recipes, things my girls always loved and remembered from childhood.
Much scanning and sifting through her books, typesetting her words and categorising her recipes occurred for many hours in my spare time in the lead up to Christmas.
Included in the book is artwork created by Grandma, yes she was a woman of many talents. Selecting the artwork from her large collection also gave me much joy.
What resulted from this inspiration was a 60 page recipe book containing five categories, printed, bound and wrapped up under the Christmas tree for two unsuspecting young ladies. Their reaction on opening this gift was pure priceless gold, and worth the time it took to produce.
This story is not just about a creative idea, it’s about preserving our family treasures and memories in a format that can be shared and handed down. It’s also about preserving the family tradition of sharing a meal around a table devoid of electronic devices and distractions, filled with conversations and debates over nourishing food.
This year, I wish for you connection and creative discussion shared over meals prepared with love, and being present with the people you are with in the moment.