November 15, 2010

WHICH OLD FAMILY RECIPES FILL YOU WITH NOSTALGIA?

There are, of course, some dishes that are probably best left dead! Squeamishness has put paid to a number of ancient foods, for example the Roman garum and liquamen - pastes made from rotting fish guts and heads. Fortunately you can now buy a jar of readymade anchovy sauce if you haven’t any rotting fish guts and heads handy!

And have you ever made bheja, curried sheep's brains, a Pakistani delicacy? No, nor have I! The smell of boiling brains is one that’s truly repulsive and the end result’s not all that great. Liver pâté has the same consistency and tastes a lot better! There are, too, some dishes you know you'll never want to eat again, and others, like the oft-repeated example of Proust's madeleine, which take you back into another time and place. Which dishes have entered your family's mythology, for either the right or the wrong reasons? (Below, Thai RED curry for Ruby Tuesday!) Happy Ruby Tuesday and Rednesday!
And do visit other Ruby Tuesday/Rednesday posts! (Links at Work of the Poet & Sue loves Cherries)
Enjoy!
XOXO LOLA:)
PS Have a good week and see you again for Alphabe-Thursday!

35 comments:

Pondside said...

I think it would have to be a sausage pilaf that my mother makes. It's the favorite of every child and grandchild and everyone has a copy of the recipe.

EG Wow said...

Cookie recipes get handed down in my family. :)

Gattina said...

It looks delicious !
BTW my Ruby Red is on http://gattinakeyholepictures.blogspot.com/
Thanks for your comment on my travel blog !

Gattina said...

Sorry wrong link :
http://gattina-keyholepictures.blogspot.com/

Robin said...

I have an entire filebox of family recipes, they're some of my most treasured. I tend to branch out and try new things all year long but for holidays I invariably return to the traditional family dishes I've loved all my life :).

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chubskulit said...

Sumptuous!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

That curry looks delicious. It's been a while now since my Mom passed away so just this past year I took dozens of her recipes and published a cook book. There are so many favorites I have but the most fun is remembering all the cooking we did together over the years.

☺lani☺ said...

Oh that's yummy! Best for the cold weather! Happy Tuesday!

Liza said...

That looks yummy!

My RUBY link.

@nemonen said...

It looks so good. I wouldn´t mind to taste it.

tania said...

Looks scrumptious! x

Michelle said...

Fascinating post-as usual!

Ralph said...

Mom always big pots of chili, soups and pasta sauce (and she always cooked pork chops and chicken in the sauce). Simple American comfort food. I've not tried brains or entrails yet, and am not sure if I will...ruby food at least looks good!

♥ Kathy said...

I'm the big cook around these parts so I'm not sure what my signature dish is...I get pretty good reviews on all my meals :) Brains? Guts? No thanks. I'll pass! *hugs*

reg said...

This looks amazing.

ilanadavita said...

Your Thai red curry is very appetizing.

Cezar and Léia said...

wow my mommy is taking her notes here, this recipe looks yummy!
I would like to say thanks so much for your kind visit in my blog, you are so gentle!
Your blog is adorable, full of interesting subjects and posts.My mommy loves the previous one about fashion mode world!
purrs and love
Luna - WE LOVE LUNA ( and mommy Léia )

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Nora and Lola,

Happy Ruby Tuesday!
I do not know about the brains and guts, will pass on these.
I have some of my Mums favourites written in my book, steamed ginger pudding, almond biscuits and lots more.

Happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

Holly said...

Great post- much food for thought!

Jan said...

Love all our old family recipes - couldn't be improved on ever!

Mike said...

Happy RT!Love that Thai dish!

Pagan Sphinx said...

At first I thought this post would feature American dishes like mac and cheese and apple pie. I was pleasantly surprised, because this was way more interesting!

When we were kids and our family lived on the coast in Portugal, our dear father would take us out barnacle gathering. We would come home with one large and two smaller pails full and my mother would make a saute of onions and garlic and herbs and steam the barnacles in it. We would scrape off the meat and have a blast!

Great foodie post, thanks!

My Ruby Post

Marites said...

yummy looking! I like the title fo that recipe book. have a good week!

My RT is up here.

Berlin said...

I am very choosy when it comes to food. I basically LOVE pasta and pizza.

Haha, there are so many disgusting food out there. Example, a lady who eats mud/sand? that was in Guinness World Book of Records. Some people eat cockroaches :S

Wonderful topic! I LOVE the weird side :D

Have a wonderful day!!

Puffy dogs wiggling their tails,
Berlin

Heavenly Housewife said...

Meatloaf made with lipton soup mix (is it any wonder that i taught myself to cook?? LOL).
*kisses* HH

Auntie E said...

I love of the old recipes. I remember my cooking Roast and potatoes. Her Potato Salad was the best.
Happy Ruby Tuesday-Fall Lazy Flare

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Whatever it is....it looks scrumptious!!!!


LEGO art is my Ruby Tuesday today, hope you can stop by to join me!!

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

My m0m used to be a master c0ok in our place and she c0ok s0 well and delicious f0od...i miss her c0oking a lot.
this 0ne looks so yummy!

bichonpawz said...

I am not such a good cook, but my mother was!! I loved her Snickerdoodles and her homemade apple and pumpkin pies...and she made a mean Swedish Meatball!!

Angela said...

That looked soooooooo yummy. I REALLY loved the first picture. Kept clicking on it to enlarge it to get a closer look,lol Happy Rednesday.

She Means Well... said...

I really enjoy reading your blog, partly because they give me someone else's perspective as a Brit that has upped sticks and now calls somewhere else "home".

I have created a site which features the burblings of blogging Brits living abroad at http://transplanted.collected.info/

As part of this, I have included a link to your posts. I hope you don't mind.

If you'd prefer me to delete this link, please let me know, and I shall remove it straight away.

Thanks a lot!

LV said...

Most anything my mother cooked was good. One of my favorites from her and my mother-in-law, was fried peach pies. I love them even today, but they are just not the same.

Haute World said...

Most of my family recipes are pretty harmless, so I'm quite grateful for that! Although I hear that even high-end restaurants are re-discovering old-school foods like brains, heart, kidneys etc. I know a lot of people who think it's a delicatessen, but I'm really not into it...

bichonpawz said...

Hi there Lola!!!

Actually...that is Chloe in the header on my blog!! LadyBug only gets occasional guest spots! Ha!!
xoxo

Terra said...

My moms mac n cheese, her pumpkin pie and waldorf, my grandma's okra and my other grandmas peanut butter candy!