I am lucky to have some pretty awesome women in my family. We are hugely outnumbered by the men, but I like to think that just makes us that bit more fabulous. All of them have their own strengths and talents, and I am so fortunate to have such a wealth of knowledge available to me through them. GG, my Mum’s Mum, is an avid reader who always has a good recommendation to offer. Auntie Lizzie, is a sewing master who makes some amazing outfits. My Mum is a writer who has the quickest wit of anyone I’ve ever met and a way with words I aspire to.
Nanny, my Dad’s Mum, knows about food. Not in like a fancy cooking show type way, although I definitely think she could give some of them a run for their money, but more of a bellies filled with delicious warmth kind of way. If I have a cooking question, she is usually the first person I call. I remember going to my Grandparent’s house for dinner as a child, she always made the best roasts, and now I am older I love to (try to) recreate her recipes for my family.
Last week I made Corned Beef using Nanny’s recipe. It’s one of my family’s favourites and who doesn’t love a good corned beef sandwich the next day. These days she tends to email me her recipes, (she’s got this Internet thing down!) but I still treasure the few hand-written versions I have. Even if I can’t always read her writing. I’ve been thinking about sharing some recipes on here, and sharing some of Nanny’s recipes seems to me a good place to start. So keep an eye out in the upcoming weeks for recipes of some of my family’s favourites, including Corned Beef, just like, though not quite as good, as Nanny makes.
I would love to hear in the comments below what have you learnt from the women in your family, or what you hope to pass on to your kids and grand babies!