Recently my mother was told she was sick and she started to ‘get her affairs in order’ so to speak. For my mother this meant leaving her more sentimentally valued possessions to family members. We were talking on the phone (she lives in another state) and she was telling me that she is leaving her cookbooks in a box for me. This didn’t surprise me as i’m the only daughter and my mother has views about ‘woman’s work’ that is very traditionally role stereotyped. When my mother spoke about the ‘recipe books’ she wasn’t referring to the commercially published cookbooks that comprise my cookbook collection; she has none of those. The only published cookbook my mother owns in a ‘how to cook’ manual. Mum was talking about her hand written recipes in an old green twine bound exercise book and another old notebook. Despite my mum’s views about cooking being women’s work I do love to cook and I’m thrilled she’s eventually giving me her recipe books. But the question that begs asking is how are her family recipes going to be passed down through her three son’s family lines? Moreover, i have two daughters and how i do decide who gets my mothers recipe books…and then who gets my handwritten family recipe book that I’ve been compiling over the years since i left home? I think I’ve found the answer so that both of my girls get my recipes in my handwriting.
I recently bought a smartpen for uni and research data collection purposes but quite frankly the uses for this pen have to be endless!
After i wrote out the recipes i uploaded them onto my computer by docking the smartpen into its dock.
When i go to the page i have just written, it looks like this:
When i print the recipe out it looks like this:
Here’s the Chinese bbq pork recipe in pdf. Each page can be converted to pdf form which is brilliant for using them in applications.
I’ve chosen this brown-paper-bag type paper to print out the recipe books for my daughters’ books. I really like the ‘nude’ look to it.
Eventually, when i have time, i will get the recipes heat set bound in a hard-cover book at a local printer/binder. Each book will cost about $30 AU to get finished. I’m even thinking of adding a bunch a blank pages for the girls to add and start their own family recipe book.
As for me, i’m going to print out each recipe on the brown paper, then laminate each one and then put in a ring binder so that when i cook using the recipe i don’t get it all grotty.
But i guess i still have the dilemma as to who whom shall i leave the smartpen folders!!!!!
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