Tattered Treasures!

When I got married, my culinary skills were limited to brewing tea and coffee – and not very well at that. It helped that I went into a plantation house with an army of household help or R and I would have starved for sure 🙂

My mother worried endlessly, not so much for R’s welfare as about what people would say about a girl who couldn’t cook! So every letter brought with it a treasured family recipe.


In English – except for the names of a few spices that she didn’t know the right term for – because I wasn’t comfortable with the Kannada script. And with exact quantities, although her cooking was instinctive and she had never ever measured her ingredients before.

I have come a long way since of course, and have singlehandedly catered to parties of more than a hundred people at a time (have to admit I have gotten rather very lazy of late), but try as I might, these recipes even when followed to a T, never turn out quite like Mom’s.

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67 thoughts on “Tattered Treasures!

  1. What a wonderful treasure. Do you still use your Mom’s recipes?
    My husband was brought up by his grandparents, and before we were married I was introduced to them; his grandmother’s first question to me was “can you cook?” looked into her eyes and lied straight out and said I could 🙂

  2. What a thoughtful memory. Mom’s did have a way of worrying about all the things we didn’t learn from them or want to learn from them at the time. They are there in a pinch and you have proof of that…a keepsake photograph of those original recipes. 100 people…good grief!

  3. What a lovely and caretaking mum… 🙂

    By the way I believe many girls and boys too – don’t learn cooking before they move from away mothers safe kitchen… “lol”

    I love to cook and have always loved it – partly foods have been a part of my business life the last 30 years through marketing and so on – partly it’s so wonderful cozy and relaxing after a day’s work …

    The theme of “the perfect woman in the kitchen” is for me – a woman sitting at the kitchen table and chat with me while I cook – preferably with a glass of red wine in hand – it’s so cozy, I really love it… 🙂 😉

  4. Very touching. I have recipes like that, too. Recipes handed down from my great aunt. I like to cook and follow her instructions, but somehow it never tastes the same.

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