During the week, I had an idea that I would take you on a tour, not necessarily of my bookcase or even a book, but a tour none the less. I was thinking along the lines of a tour of my clothes basket, or the back yard or even the run-down, ancient, communal laundry that we use when we are at our house in Perth. All very interesting tours that I will probably embark upon at a later date.
This week, though, I have my Nana’s “Recipe File” to tour you through. My beloved Nana! She died when I was ten, so 34 years ago. Sometimes I think about her and still miss her. My Mum reminds me of her a bit now. I hope my Mum doesn’t read this!
So somehow, I inherited my Nana’s recipe file and there are things in here that are old and things in here that aren’t recipes. There are also ‘newer’ recipes from the 80’s that I have added, but never cooked from. It would have been when I was all young and inspired and wanting to cook like a pro but probably only ever reached “Apricot Chicken” level.
So let’s start with the wedding invitations.
My parents wedding – August 1964. Obviously I didn’t put this in here. It could have been Nana or it could have been my Mum. I always forget it is in here so every time I find it I am surprised anew that I have a blank invitation to my parents wedding at Orro Church and afterwards at the Married Quarters. I always check the date to make sure I wasn’t born until much, much later – 11 months to be precise!
The other wedding invitation was from my cousin’s wedding in 1981. I was 16. My sisters and I were all invited and my Mum made us all new dresses to wear. Mine was a mushroom pink, chiffon (something floaty) skirt and top. We were just little girls, but thought we were so grown up. I remember that there was a view (from The Room With a View Function Centre) straight into a window in a neighbouring apartment block. There was a woman in that room and she should have drawn the curtains, but she hadn’t and I won’t say any more. It was just such an adult thing to be invited to a wedding and not as a flower girl!
Other items of interest in Nana’s Recipe File? Something old (written on an old diary page from 1949!)
Plenty of recipes for ginger beer and/or pickles. Do people still make ginger beer? I vaguely remember explosions in the back shed. I’ve always been kind of scared of ginger beer.
Mock chicken – I’m sure everyone knows how yummy this actually is, so don’t laugh.
There were a few other ancient scribbles; Weetbix Crunch and Coconut & Cornflake Crunch were probably interesting lunch box treats that my Nana made for my Mum. Or possibly not. Then there was this mysterious little unnamed recipe, typed up beautifully on a manual typewriter. Come to think of it, I may have had to do this as a typing exercise back in the early 80’s. Beautifully formatted, although I don’t think it was called formatting back then.
So that’s a tour of Nana’s Recipe File for this weeks Bookcase Tour Tuesday. If you visit Kimono Reincarnate she may have others you can view. If not, never mind. Next week I will take you on a tour of Nana’s Beauty Case! Yes, I inherited that too!