Simmering Memories Explained

Not long ago I inherited some beautifully handwritten cookbooks from my mother.  I have promised a few members of the family that I would scan the pages and pass them around.  Now this somehow doesn’t seem to be an adequate format for such a wonderful family treasure.

So I decided to write this blog.  The first few times I looked through Mum’s recipe books I felt excited to have all those recipes and then the memories started to pour into my mind.  The books started to be more for me than just food.

They are a collection of recipes; some Mum cooked many times, others I have never seen. There are also ideas from magazines or notable cook books, some recipes given to her by friends and family members and most are hand written, not always by Mum.

There are names, footnotes, sticky notes, tea stains, side notes and scraps of paper with recipes and meal ideas tucked in between pages.  These create so many memories of meals prepared in the big country style kitchen and shared in the large high ceiling dining room of our family home in Hunters Hill, a leafy suburb in Sydney, Australia.

I remember many but not all of the people behind the names and I hope that in this blog we will be able to piece together who they were, find the friends, and contributors, share memories and stir up a cooking creation that is a tribute to our Mum and Nonna, Janet Macnaught and all those who were influencers to our kitchen memories and meals. 

This is interactive, and I am looking for feedback and corrections, which I am sure will come streaming in from my family and I have 3 sons, a step daughter and a stepson, I also have 4 sisters and 4 brothers and we together produced 27 grandchildren and about a dozen great grandchildren, not to mention counting the growing number of step grandchildren (I’m not sure who is keeping the count these days)

In a desire to share the recipes in a format that is easily accessible I have set up this blog: Simmering Memories! Join me!