As you know, we moved recently, and in moving, I found a great deal of “stuff” that I had forgotten about. Like hows about a diary… which I made the mistake of reading? Yeah, angsty youth isn’t all that attractive on me. I will say, I am surprised about what I wrote, because 90% of it I don’t have any recollection of. A friend of mine from when I was a kid, Catherine Daly, who is a book editor and a writer of young teen girls novels (check them out here) reminded me about a period when we were kids, and some of the things I said. I remember the time she was talking about, but I have no recollection of what she told me I said, or the situation. Isn’t that strange? I usually pride myself on remembering things like that!
Another thing I found was my very first cookbook. I still have it after ALL these years! Below are a few photos of what a cook book looked like for kids, back in 1975, when I was all of 8! There are some great recipes! Like baked or deviled eggs. I noticed that there are a few pages with bent corner, like Good Potatoes, which is comprised of baking potatoes, butter, sour cream, parsley or chives, a baking dish, fork and knife for cutting the potatoes. They’re basically baked potatoes. Another one I have folded down is Pigs in Blankets, which is something I make with my nieces and nephews now!
The kicker is the recipe I wrote myself on the last page which is titled “My Own Recipes” I put a recipe in for sponge cake:
Tablespoon of baking soda
2 cups of flour
1 cap full of vanilla
1 cup of water
I guess I didn’t get past that sifting stage! (PS – I’ll have to try this one and see what it’s like, I wonder where I got that from?)
This all put me in mind of what I do with my own nieces and nephews. I asked the Hubby the other night, what am I going to write about for 30 days? And he said, “Write about cooking with the kids, you have photos of that, right?” And he is right. It’s one of my favorite things to do, although, I rarely get to see all of them! (My secret is that I am going home next weekend and will get to see at least a few of them!)
My niece Lily told her Mom that “I love when Aunt Elizabeth makes cookies, they’re special!” Baked with more love! So, here is something I use as a go to, that I cook with the kids in many styles, savory for Pigs in Blankets, sweet for sweet teeth! I have a variation of this with cherries on the site earlier this year, but seriously these were made to have sharp cheese in them. Again, I borrow from Nigella Lawson, but have made my own tweaks. These scones are more of a biscuit dough than a traditional heavy scone.
Cheese Scone Dough