They may be retro but the recipes still work!

Cooking has been a hobby of mine since I was a kid. Mum used to encourage my sister and I into the kitchen at a young age, probably because she hated it herself! Don’t be mistaken she isn’t a bad cook she just doesn’t like to do it. Every year I have to coax, beg and bribe her to make my all-time favourite slice called Honeymoon Special (a delicious treat consisting of a base layer, caramel layer and a meringue topping).

I remember asking Mum if we could purchase the boxed set of the Woman’s Weekly recipe cards when I was in my early years at High School and how we couldn’t wait for the weekends to be able to try out some of the recipes creating our own family dinner parties based on a theme or cuisine. My sister and I would take turns to plan, shop and cook up a storm. I’m pleased to say I still have those cards although they don’t get quite as much use as they used to. Now I have a shelf filled with cookbooks and have even started downloading an app or two – we are so spoilt for choice.

Having said that, I have never been one to completely follow a recipe.  Unless it is something very technical or complicated, like a soufflé, I may try out the recipe once, and if I like it, I will then tend to adapt it. I like to play with recipes and change them to my own taste or idea about what kinds of food and spices go with each other.

I hope to share with you some of my favourite recipes of the past and some new ones too. Please try them out and let me know what you think.

There are so many amazing products on the market (local, national and international)l that we can readily purchase at the local growers market, supermarket or specialty shops. I’ll be making it my mission to write about my new culinary discoveries here on the blog.

I will also give you the low-down on fantastic homeware and kitchenware finds along the way too. (We can all do with a gadget or two to make life a little easier in the kitchen!) Not to forget my favourite places to eat and drink – look out for interviews and reviews.