Viv's Family Recipes
I somehow acquired a little notebook of my grandmother's dated 1909. In it, she has some interesting accounts and some recipes. When I got married my mother gave me a notebook with some of her recipes and I also have the recipe book of my aunt.
I decided to type these recipes out in order to make myself a book of these family recipes, along with others I had collected myself over the year from friends and other family members.
When I had compiled it, I thought, 'Why not publish it?' and so I did.
There are some comments about the people these recipes came from as well as the recipes themselves. Many of the very old ones from my grandmother are not the kind of things we eat now, but it is interesting to see what they did eat in those days. I like to think of it as a bit of a history of cooking.
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PRINT LENGTH: 318 pages
PUBLICATION DATE: February 6th, 2014
FORMAT: Kindle, paperback
Excerpt from the book
The recipes in this book are in the main from my family, but some are those that I have collected over the years from friends.
I had inherited a small book from my grandmother who also used it to do her accounts and they are dated 1909 and so it is quite interesting from the point of view of prices at that time. She also has a few recipes at the back. Many of them are steamed or boiled, but I think that in these days of microwaves, they may be able to be done in the microwave oven. I have to admit that I’ve not actually tried it, but I regularly cook steamed sponge puddings in the microwave for about three to three and a half minutes and it is usually quite successful.
I have said where the recipes came from whenever possible, although some I cannot remember. My thanks to all those, living and dead, who have given me their recipes, and apologies to anyone who is forgotten.
My grandmother was an excellent cook. Someone once said that she could make a delicious meal from an old boot! My mother was also an excellent cook, and when she married my stepfather, who was a farmer with a big family of his own, she had to cook for large numbers of people. She never really got out of that habit and there was always plenty of food when people went to visit. Some of the recipes in the book are hers.