Welcome to Favourite Things Friday. You know the drill. If you'd like to link up and show your Favourite Thing for Friday feel free to do so at the bottom of this post. Then everyone who participates will troop round to have a snoop at your Favourite Thing and leave you a comment. The whole idea behind FTF is to share something that you love , that makes you happy or something you want to share with the rest of Blogland.
I guess lots of you are full of Thanksgiving turkey and cheer as I post this on what is my Friday morning. Yes while you're all eating turkey with all the trimmings I'm eating vegemite on toast. That makes this post relevant and au courant because it's sort of about cooking. Marg posted a couple of weeks ago about her entire recipe book collection, which would probably rival the local library. I want to share a few of my favourites with you this week.
The big blue book is about 50 years old. My Mum had one when I was a kid. I loved looking at that book and seeing all the yummy things in glorious colour. When I moved out of home , I bought this copy at an op shop because it reminded me of home and my childhood. And then one day a few years ago, I bought Miss P a copy for when she moved out of home. Just so three generations of us Pyjama girls could have the same cookbook. Many of the recipes seemed so exotic to me when I was younger. I doubt you'd cook much out of it now, everything is cooked in lard and the main ingredient in everything is butter. No wonder that generation of people are dying of heart disease.
The other three books belonged to my Nan, who passed away two years ago. Last week would have been her 90th birthday. When she moved into the nursing home, and I sorted out her unit I kept them because they have her writing in them. It makes me feel closer to her and I like to think that somewhere she knows I'm cooking things she cooked. And every house in Australia has one of those green and gold cookbooks. It was first published in 1923. Amongst my Nanna's things I found one my mother used for her home economics class in high school, with Mum's writing in it. My Mum will kill me if I tell you what year that was. Let's just say microwaves hadn't been invented. Nanna had added to the book and kept it all those years. I passed that one along to my Mum.
I use these all the time. The best cakes in the universe come out of these cookbooks. Since I'm baking challenged, some of my biggest disasters have occurred because of them too. But they're my favourite thing this week because they remind me of my Nanna. I've been feeling a bit nostalgic all week and thinking about her a lot.
What's your Favourite thing this week?