Who says procrastination doesn’t pay? Why did I have a plan for what I’d write about even 12 months ago and just didn’t get organised? I guess like others I wondered if life wouldn’t get in the way of my ideas and blogging timeline.
My theme for this year is Family Food Fare and Favourites.
This arose as I sorted through my mother’s belongings after moving her into Aged Care. Among the myriad items were her all cookbooks, some of my aunt’s, some of my cousin’s, and even a few of my maternal grandmother’s recipes. Recipes were shared among friends, written down from magazines or the newspaper.
In my view, family food has changed enormously in Australia since I was a child and it seemed like a good idea to try to highlight some of the changes, the traditions, and the food we enjoy. The influx of our immigrants has brought amazing variety to our culinary outlook and eating habits.
Where once upon a time, a take-away was rare and likely to be fish and chips, now it’s common to see families including all ages eating in restaurants of all standards.
Then there’s the coffee culture to which we were introduced by our Italian immigrants. Once the worst thought for an Aussie (men especially) was there’d be a Pub with no Beer, now it would be the loss of the myriad coffee shops and cafes that seem to be on every corner.
And what of the gender roles in the kitchen? They’ve certainly changed in our family…what about yours?
Will you join me on this culinary tour as I retrieve memories of food habits when I was a child and the dishes and food our family loves to eat today? Why not comment on the similarities and differences in your family’s culinary heritage? Sharing food is fun, in the virtual world as well as the real world.