Filing

You may remember this post. I have finally got around to transferring the recipes from my recipe journal onto cards and filing them in my lovely recipe box.

The box is so much better then the journal because it is so flexible. I can make the different categories as big or as small as I please. If I make a mess of a card I can simply start a fresh one. I can write, draw or stick things on them.

As you can see I have written some recipes out very simply, sometimes just as a reminder of ingredient quantities. Some are much more detailed, Some have pages from my recipe journal stuck on them, some have photocopies from the journal or from other books and some are printouts from this blog (I do actually refer to the blog for recipes quite often). I like this mishmash of styles.

When the children leave home it will be an easy matter to photocopy the recipes they want -chocolate fudge pudding for example- so that they can take away their own collection of family favourites.






Now, just let me find the card with the Fork Biscuit recipe........ah, there it is.




Comments

  1. You're so diligent and organized. I should do the same. I will be doing the opposite though, copying my recipe cards (never enough space on mine) and copying or typing them onto paper to put into appropriate folders! Also, I sometimes copy recipes from the web and print them out, so they fit so well into a folder behind plastic!

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  2. I love organisation like this. I really must organise my recipes. I have various print outs and scrap pieces of paper everywhere!!

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  3. Hah! I have spent this afternoon 'organising' my music (and I don't actually read it, I learn by ear) yet again into current/done/to learn/ Breton/ Irish/ English/ and I think I have finally found the best organisational solution. Again. I think it's a brill idea to have your recipes on cards so you can later photocopy for friends/offspring without tearing pages out.

    And on the organising theme, I blessed you yesterday when I took from the freezer one of my veggie 'hashes' I started making after first reading your blog. Yup, herby and veggie hashes all lined up in the freezer, brilliant!

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  4. Your filing ideas is just great. I wish I had done that all my married years. Instead I made a photo album and put recipes in there. My youngest daughter when she left home was always phoning me or a recipe. In the end I photocopied the ones she wanted, added a photo of her as a child baking and laminated it for. She loved them.

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  5. I am in awe. I have a dilapidated copy of Domestic Goddess into which all baking-related scraps of paper, bits torn out of newspaper etc are stuffed, and everything savoury goes into an equally bashed-about (though still retains spine) copy of the River Cottage Family Cook Book. This slap-dash approach must run in my family as I also have my great aunt's recipe journal (started with great optimism in the 40s - I can tell from a couple of newspaper cuttings which she stuck in) which contains a few recipes carefully written out, and then it all goes pear-shaped and is mostly a disorganised miss-mash of scraps of paper none of which are stuck in. Maybe this will be my New Year resolution...

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  6. What a super idea. I use a loose leaf folder in much the same way.

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  7. I, too am a huge fan of recipe cards. My mother always did that, and I just carried on the tradition.

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  8. I love all the annotations - and the delightful illustrations!

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  9. I love all of that - your writing and illustrations are lovely :) and the biscuits look yummy!

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  10. It's a great idea Sue. Most of my recipes, and books, are still in removal boxes. But I do need to sort them out. It would be a great job for that lazy time between Christmas and New Year. Start 2013 organised. Yes..

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  11. I love it Sue, brilliant and will be a firm memory for your kids to take on into their adult lives x

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  12. Love your illustrations and writing.We all need a less precious "Kitchen Diaries",you have the answer, publish and be praised!

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  13. I love the tiny illustrations you've added to the recipe cards, the whole thing is an heirloom in the making.

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  14. oh it looks even more lovely now it is filled! and those fork biscuits look delicious x

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  15. Now that's a good idea. You do your 'g's like me. by the way.

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  16. They look so good - there's something extra tempting about a handwritten recipe (even more so one with teeny tiny illustrations).

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  17. It looks perfect Sue, and I too like the mix and match look of it, it says here is a real cook and not just a hoarder of recipes. (I have one of the latter in the family, I wonder should I give her a card index for Christmas!)

    PS There's a giveaway over at my place that includes a cookery book, just thought you'd like to know :)

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  18. Now that's what I'd like my falling apart recipe folder to look like! What size are the cards - A5? And fork biscuits...my mum used to make them a lot when we were kids and I've never been able to replicate them. Yours look just like how I remember them so I'm definitely going to give them a go.

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    1. Mary Berry's recipe from her Ultimate Cake Book ;)

      The cards are 5" x 8"

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  19. Brilliant Sue! I love the mishmash of styles it makes your commection so very personal and as you say you can easily make copies of family favourites. My Gran was a recipe hoarder and cut things out of all sorts of magazines and I'm lucky to have inherited her recipe journal with notes and jottings in her own hand - it's one of my treasured possesions.

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  20. I had to disagree with Sarah Raven today. I felt badly about it, but she said to swirl mashed potato onto a cottage pie with the back of a spoon because fork marks didn't look nice. I take a particular pride in my forked swirls, like the furrows on a ploughed field.

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    1. I always make fork marks for precisely the same reasons.

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  21. I did have a little giggle and had to read your card again, because I thought it said Pork not Fork. (Perhaps I had better get my eyes checked). They remind me of my mums shortbread biscuits with the fork marks.
    x Sandi

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  22. I must be better with my recipe box. It's got about three things in so far. I love the fact that you have made little doodles on - and what a lovely idea about photocopying!

    Mind you, my children are so unenthusiastic about eating they may well live on just bread and Haribo in ten years time.

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  23. That's a really good idea about the cards and such. When my beloved gramma died (omg she could cook so good, i swear she could throw a rock in a pot of boiling water and come out with the best soup you ever had), her recipes died with her. They were all in her head. I never saw her measure anything, not even sure she owned a measuring cup or spoons. Everything was "eyeballed" as she would say. And it was always good enough to serve in the best resturants. if you asked her what she put in something she'd just grin and say "oh a little of this, and a spot of that". so yeah, writing them down for posterity is a very good thing!

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