Kitchen – The Gallery

The theme over in the Gallery this week is the Kitchen

It can be food, or your corner of the kitchen, or something you particularly love in there, your apron, your favourite recipe book. Or even something to show how little you know your kitchen (I have a friend who owns neither a fridge or a cooker. I mean come on! She cooks everything in a microwave).

My favourite thing is a recipe book my mum bought me many years ago. Probably to encourage me to stop eating out so much. The cover looks so dated and old and that’s because it really is.

It’s an Indian recipe book actually written and compiled in South Africa. It was compiled by “proper” housewives, not chefs, so the recipes are really authentic and have a very home made feel to them. Some of the language has to be translated a bit. Like, when i rung my mum up asking what the hell maize was and where i could find it. Oh, right, cornflour. Duh!!

The best thing about it is that it has an amazing dessert and biscuit section. Amazing! (I make a good Swiss roll pudding from here!).

The book was first published in the 60’s and it’s now out of print. It’s like gold dust to those in the know. Owners of this book are very protective about it and don’t lend it out. (No-one I know really expects me to own one so i don’t think anyone is planning on robbing me of mine. Yet.). So if you do happen to see it gathering dust in the murky corner of some old bookshop then you must dive for it and buy it immediately. Then you must run home and make the Swiss roll pudding!

So anyway, it looks like this!


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  1. Susan Mann November 29, 2011 / 11:14 pm

    What a lovely post. An heir loom in the making. How cool I love books and stories like this one. x

  2. Melksham Mum November 30, 2011 / 7:40 am

    A real heirloom there then it really does look like a 60s publication! I bet you cook up a real feast using that x x

    • Notmyyearoff November 30, 2011 / 10:36 pm

      Mostly biscuits and puddings 🙂

  3. helloitsgemma November 30, 2011 / 9:07 am

    oh love that – may look out for one – do you think it would go for a bomb on ebay?

    • Notmyyearoff November 30, 2011 / 9:50 am

      Ooh I never thought if that. Maybe I should flog individual recipes?

  4. Mags November 30, 2011 / 10:23 am

    What a fantastic book to have – I bet there are fantastic recipes in it!

  5. bluebirdsunshine November 30, 2011 / 11:03 am

    Very retro, love it! I bet it’s so interesting to read now and very different to the way recipe books are written now.

  6. mymumdom November 30, 2011 / 11:10 am

    Oh cool. I feel the same ways about my Edmonds cook book from NZ!

  7. Jennypaulin @ mummy mishaps November 30, 2011 / 11:16 am

    Mmmm that pudding sounds yummy! I love how this book is your cookery bible and how your mum passed it one to you. great story x

  8. Mum2BabyInsomniac November 30, 2011 / 1:43 pm

    Wow! I am so going on the hunt for one! x

  9. Mum2Four November 30, 2011 / 2:13 pm

    What a great heirloom!
    The swiss roll pudding sounds delicious 🙂

    • NotMyYearOff November 30, 2011 / 2:42 pm

      It really is very nice, I am tempted to make it now

  10. Mama Syder November 30, 2011 / 2:55 pm

    Wow, I’ll be on the look out for a copy of that now! Fab post x

  11. Managing Mayhem November 30, 2011 / 2:58 pm

    I just love recipe books like that. We have a little Thai book that has been used time and time again. Not as authentic as yours though!

  12. mum of all trades November 30, 2011 / 3:33 pm

    Thats something you wont ever part with!

  13. LauraCYMFT November 30, 2011 / 10:02 pm

    Wow! Bet it makes an excellent curry too. Yum!

  14. Asproulla December 1, 2011 / 7:15 am

    I love cookbooks, the corner stone of the kitchen…

  15. Alexander Residence December 1, 2011 / 8:17 pm

    Love it, puts celeb cook books to shame – don’t judge a book by its cover!

  16. SAHMlovingit December 1, 2011 / 8:20 pm

    You can’t beat a cherished old favourite recipe book 🙂

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