January 2, 2013


Dear readers, back at last and firing on all cylinders to wish you all a very Happy New Year! Hopefully you had a lovely, peaceful Christmas break!  And now this week’s Alphabe-Thursday post where *G* IS FOR *G*RANDMA’S OLD FAMILY RECIPES ...

There are, of course, some dishes that are probably best left dead! Squeamishness finished off a number of ancient foods, for example the Roman garum and liquamen - pastes made from rotting fish guts and heads. Don’t despair though: 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 tasted roasted lambs’ eyeballs? No, me neither! They’re chewy yet soft at the same time. Try to envision marshmallow fluff and shoestring licorice perhaps (without the sugary taste, of course). That type of consistency. Think, on reflection, I’ll stick to marshmallow and licorice!

So, there’re 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 (Grandma’s or those of another family member) have entered your family's mythology, for either the right or wrong reasons? Maybe Thai red curry (below)?
Do check out other posts - Alphabe-Thursday  @ Jenny Matlock, Ruby Tuesday & Rednesday!
And, finally, thank you to all my dear readers who have visited or commented.
Have a great weekend!
Enjoy and see you next time,


Sandy said...

We have no family recipes, really!
After moving every two years around
the world and eating out most of the
time no one had recipes.. shame!
but I would love to know yours but then you can keep the fish head stuff...haha
Good post

Along These Lines ..... said...

No one does Christmas like Grannies. Mine would make fruitcake and plum pudding - British style.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

My grandmother wrote out some of her recipes for me and I cherish them.

Carol L McKenna said...

Comfort food recipes ~ chop suey, chocolate cake with white frosting (after school on a cold day) ~ Wonderful post for 'G" ~ thanx ^_^

(A Creative Harbor aka ArtMusedog and Carol ^_^)

Crafty Gardener said...

You can't beat old fashioned recipes. My favourite family recipe is macaroni and cheese.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Lola and Nora,

Some of the old recipes are so good and I have some of my Mothers favourite old ones.
Wishing you all the best for a wonderful 2013.


Anonymous said...

My grandmothers were good cooks, and I cherish the recipes I've inherited.

Kara said...

My grandmother never wrote down her recipes. She was a wonderful cook though.

signed...bkm said...

Do not have any written out...but the one I remember most is Grandmas fried bread on a cold morning....bkm

Judie said...

Mum's shortbread, and brownies! Yum! One year she gave me the recipes, but they never taste quite the same as when she made them!

EdenHouse said...

My grandmother ( who would have been 109 today) made the most amazing bread pudding , I am so blessed that two of my daughter cook like their great grandmother

Jeanne Pursell said...

Hi Lola and Nora!! Love both my mother's cooking as well as my grandmother's!! I can close my eyes and smell my mom's snickerdoodles and my Nana's molasses crinkles!! Oh...and Swedish Meatballs!! Thanks for the memories!! Happy New Year!! xoxo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

Pondside said...

My mother's Boiled Dinner, her fruit cake, mince pies....the special bread she'd always make for Epiphany (tomorrow!). Of course my mother never cooked a single thing that was waist-line friendly!

Pondside said...

No, I haven't seen Borgen's yet - must search the listings! Thanks for the tip!
We didn't feel any after effects from the quake or Tsunami yesterday. There have certainly been a lot of them recently - but we're on rock so it would take a shaking very close to make us move.

Ralph said...

Grandma's 24-hour salad, what some call Ambrosia in these parts. She made a custard that had to be stirred constantly so the eggs would not separate. As a kid, it was fruity and sublime. Alas today, Cool Whip or some other ready made cream substitute is used all the time. Not that it tastes bad today, the love of all-day stirring of the custard is what I miss...I too will stick with marshmallow fluff instead of eyeballs :)

Gemma Wiseman said...

I am not a foodie at all, but this is an interesting post! Love those bursting, colourful fire works in the first photo!

Jackie said...

I don't really have any family recipes either. My mother was a lousy cook but I loved her dearly.

Wow the soup looks great but that shot of the fireworks is incredible!!

Happy RT:-)

Liza said...

My grandmother left me her meatloaf recipe. Great shots Lola.

My entries:
Liz (mcn)
Liz (mot)

Laura said...

plenty of cheerful reds here!

Chubskulit Rose said...

I miss our local food back home. That soup looks so good!

Hopping from RT.
My Ruby Tuesday Post

LV said...

It is hard to beat the old fashion way of cooking.

Jenny said...

Old family recipes are always my favorite.

So many fabulous flavors!

So many wonderful memories in each ingredient!

Thanks for a festive link to the letter "F".

Late (but sincere) wishes for a Happy New Year!