Recipe book fun
What makes a good recipe book?
I have a few favourite cook books, recipes that have fared well over the years and those family favourites that I have written into notebooks of my own. I also have a folder where I stash anything that looks promising. I’m not an adventurous cook, I don’t buy the latest and greatest cookbooks as they come out and I don’t have favourite chefs I follow either.
You may ask what am I even doing linking up with the others in this challenge!! I ask myself that all the time!!
Many food books these days tell a story, together with the food, complete with gorgeous styling and photography. Next time you’re looking at cookbook, have a think about the language and story that’s being told.The Literature of Food
One of my favourite recipe books is Boots Off Apron On from the Outback Kitchens of Broken Hill School of the Air. It was a fundraiser recipe book from a few years, and is full of recipes and thoughts from those involved in the School of the Air – families, governesses, teachers – and this recipe took my fancy:
1 large paddock
as many children as available
several dogs and puppies
Into paddock pour children and dogs, allowing to mix well in the dirt. Pour creek over rocks until slightly frothy allowing children and dogs to become almost completely covered. When children have browned to your liking, cool and rinse in bath. When dry, dress and serve with milk and fresh baked biscuits.Pixie Moses Mt Westwood Station
Food course with friends
A few years ago I did a WEA course with friends, looking at the subject of Eating their Words: The Literature of Food – food in all shapes and sizes – with chapters about what makes a good recipe, eating your words (food reviews), comfort food, literary food, historical food, future food – just to name a few of the topics. It was very interesting with lots of discussion!
I was challenged to write a post after each session mainly because I was one of the least ‘foodie types’ involved!
Do you know what WEA is?
Established in NSW in 1913, and originally working in partnership with the University of Sydney, the WEA was a movement founded to promote the higher education of working men and women. The WEA has since grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious adult and community education organisations in Australia and every year attracts thousands of students from all walks of life.
The courses are like an external discussion group, where interested students pay for a course, receive a booklet of information, questions and links, then met up regularly to discuss the topics, submitting a report to the lecturer in charge of the course after each session. We usually met every 4-6 weeks over lunch in a member’s home and enjoyed the social discourse. Things were put on hold during Covid so we’re hoping to start up again soon.
Feel like joining in?
It’s not a hard challenge and I can assure you it’s not just for ‘proper’ cooks – I’m joining in so how hard can it be?? It’s fun looking at what others are making and how they do things.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on your favourite recipe book.
As it was Grandparents Day here recently I loved the idea of sharing this non-food recipe for some fun!
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