Whilst reading through my Grandma’s old recipes to find the notes for her Coconut Tarts, I discovered a few envelopes and folded pieces of paper tucked inside her recipe books with handwriting that didn’t belong to Grandma.
Inside this particular envelope was the following letter:
Dear Joan & Austin,
We were pleased to hear that you had a safe journey home & that you enjoyed your day. The only thing wrong was that it passed so quickly, but next time you must come in the morning. Thank you for the sweets you brought & the sweet things you wrote. I am enclosing the chutney recipe so that you can get busy. The strawberries are finished except for a few for jam if I am lucky. I would jump for joy if I had the energy left.
I am beginning to feel weary. Our sale is going with a swing at work & I have this week & the one after full time. Then it will soon be holiday time.
I am looking forward to that.
Hope we see you again soon,
Betty & Roy
And the aforementioned chutney recipe:
4lbs. mixed veg – cauli
2oz. dry mustard
2 level tablespoons pl. flour
3 pints vinegar
Cut veg. in small pieces. Sprinkle with salt, 4oz to each 2lbs. veg. Leave overnight. Wash & drain. Mix flour with mustard & tumeric making smooth paste with a little vinegar.
Boil rest of vinegar & sugar.
Pour onto paste & boil for 3 mins.
Add veg. & simmer for 5 mins.
Bottle and seal when cold.
Swapping recipes is as old as time itself, indeed I am not shy in asking for the recipe of something I have enjoyed, the latest being a particularly good cornbread made by Anna ‘Sweaterspotter’ Maltz. As someone who both loves to send and receive handwritten letters in the post, this got me thinking, and so I’m launching a Summer Recipe Swap and hope you can join me. The ‘rules’ are very simple:
- Email me your name and address with ‘Recipe Swap’ in the subject line by end of day on Sunday 30th August 2015.
- I will then organise a swap partner for you and email you their full name and address the following week.
- Write up your recipe and an accompanying letter – it doesn’t have to be anything long but something nice and chatty would be lovely. Likewise, the recipe doesn’t have to be of your own invention, it can be an old family favourite or maybe a tweak on a classic recipe from a cookbook, or something completely different!
- Post the recipe and letter to your swap partner by the end of day on Saturday 12th September 2015 ensuring you have put the correct amount of postage on the envelope!
- Wait for your letter to arrive from your swap partner who may not be the person you have written to.
- Read the letter and bake the recipe. Easy-peasy!
The theme for the swap is quite simply, ‘Favourite Bakes‘ and it is open to everyone from near and far, UK and beyond, so you may find your swap partner is not in the same country as you. I ask that no extras are sent with the letter and recipe – it should just be a letter rather than a parcel but pretty notecards and decorated envelopes are all completely encouraged!
If you have any food allergies or intolerances please mention them in the email I will do my very best to accommodate them and match you with someone who has similar preferences, but please bear in mind that I cannot guarantee this as it depends on the other people who sign up. If you have particularly acute food allergy or intolerance then this might not be the swap for you and I cannot be held responsible for recipes sent.
Post your recipes, letters and bakes on your blogs linking back to this post, or across social media using the hashtag #knitwearrecipeswap but please do not share any personal details, so take care when photographing envelopes and letters to cover full names and addresses. I will not share your name and address with anyone other than your swap partner.
Sound like fun? Then drop me a line and I’ll sign you up!