I have a treasure here, that I’ve had for a few months, but has been around for a lot longer than that. It’s my great grandmother’s handwritten recipe book. I’d love to cook my way through it and discover some of our family’s heritage. My Great Grandma Ethel lived in Kulin in Western Australia. This recipe book must be from their second house, as their first house burnt down, destroying everything in it. That would place the starting date of the recipe book sometime after 1927, but before about 1935 when the family moved to Albany. There are some loose items in the book, including a recipe with a date – 1961
This challenge will present few difficulties. Already on page one I see an ingredient – Lard- that I’ve had to google, and don’t know where to source. I’ll need to decide what substitutions to make and how hard to chase for ingredients in our little town, which is not a culinary metropolis as far as sourcing ingredients goes. (although I have the pleasure of knowing some FABULOUS cooks here!)
The first challenge though, is to read the beautiful, but older style script. Some of the pages (not unlike my own recipe books) are a bit worse for wear, with splotches of cake mix. The whole book is yellowed with age and use.