Saturday, 12 January 2013

Weekend Cooking - Recipe Journals Part Two

After last week's post I had several comments via comments or email about me disposing of my old journal. Just to reassure, I am firmly keeping it. I just plan to move to a new journal.

I had planned to spend a few hours looking at another suitable book. Well, I got distracted by my other two recipe files, and thought I might share those with you today before we move to the new set up next week.

They both contain A4 recipe sheets from either magazines or photocopies from books. The first one contained the printed sheets that I was given in 1984 when I was doing my cookery O level in senior school. Each page has been dated and has the grade I was given. If you look carefully you can read 15 Nov 1984 Grade B. I wonder what happened to the teacher, who incidentally was called Mrs Walker?

A recipe from Mum which is handwritten and the relates to the Christmas Pudding recipe we still use.

The second file is again oversize recipes, mainly the sort you pick up from the supermarket as complimentary recipes.

Of course having kept some of these sheets for years. There are also some smaller ones that date to 1978! Unless I am looking for something specific I have no way of knowing just what recipe I have within those files. I think I should index them into Excel and then add a sheet to each file. Another job for a rainy day and we are getting plenty of those!

Weekend Cooking is hosted by BethFishReads


  1. Indexing is a big job but well worth it in my opinion. You do need to give each page a unique number to make it work well. Have a great week.

  2. Oh how fun to see your school recipes. And of course recipes from your mother are keepsakes. Indexing is something I really need to do.

  3. I find collecting is one thing and finding is another! It was easy in the early days but like Topsy the files have grown and grown. Lately i've been trialling using those plastic display folders where you can pull out the pagea then I can xluster them by course. An imperfect system but better than before.

    1. How right you are Pauline. I had not thought of using poly pockets, but might give it a try.

  4. You're reminding me that I need to go through my recipe files. I have a cedar just full of file folders containing recipes. This evening our rainy weather switched to snow. Yikes!

  5. Wow - so great that you have so many years of recipe files! I'm keeping my recipe journal online as part of my blog archive. Thanks for sharing!


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