I have lost a favorite recipe. I used to make three loaves of whole wheat bread every day, using a recipe that I knew so well I apparently never bothered to write it down. Then abruptly my schedule and life changed, and for a while the bread machine took over my breadmaking duties. When I wanted to make that same wheat bread a while ago, I realized that I don’t have a copy of that recipe any more, and I can’t remember some of the ingredient amounts. Although I’m sure that I will eventually find another recipe that will make a whole wheat bread that we will like just as well, not being able to find this recipe started me thinking about how I probably will not always remember some of the recipes that are so familiar to me now.
Forget-me-nots (Myosotis arvensis)
So I am really going to try to get all of these recipes written down with full ingredient listings and instructions in a separate “recipe journal,” and add notes and descriptive comments to personalize each recipe so it will be easily recognizable in years to come as a family favorite. I also want to organize the collection of untested recipes that I have gathered over the years. I’m sure many will be discarded, but I’m hoping to test the ones that look promising and add any recipes we like to this recipe journal. Each time I write up a favorite recipe properly, I’ll add it to my recipe list here too.
As I have been looking through the untried recipes, I find it amusing to see how many contain certain ingredients or are for certain types of dishes. Apparently breads with pumpkin and apple REALLY appeal to me, and I must especially like Italian dishes, yeast breads, and sponge cakes! I wonder if everybody does this, and if the recipes they collect all have common ingredients or themes.