I want to make a little cookbook to use at home, so that all our everyday recipes are in one spot. I started by typing up all the recipes I make often. Then I incorporated my own notes and fixes so they are entered the way I actually make them.
Ingredients lists are usually organized by the order in which you use the items. The way I decide what to cook is based on what I have on hand and I’m trying to use up, or what’s in season and available locally. So I completely re-wrote the ingredients lists so all the fresh ingredients are in one section, and all the packaged goods are in another section. That makes them easier to scan for what’s in the kitchen right now.
Being a librarian, I tagged them in multiple ways: by cooking method (stovetop, oven, microwave), by meal type (soups, curries, chilis), by key ingredient (rice, lentils, sweet potatoes) and by diet (vegan, gluten free). I could go on and on 🙂
Some recipe elements I haven’t included are the cost (the ingredients list informs me whether it’s an indulgence) or the amount of time needed. Most of the recipes require a lot of vegetable chopping, which I find enjoyable and therapeutic, so I’m not concerned about the time factor. But I made notes for myself such as recipes that require cooked rice.
I did a little research and discovered that recipes have a strange copyright status. Ingredients lists and basic cooking instructions cannot be copyrighted, but stories of recipe development, personal tips, photos and drawings are all creative works covered by copyright. It is, of course, a courtesy to acknowledge your sources for everything.
If you do try this recipe, of course you can use fresh tomatoes, basil and parsley. I just have poor access to them in the winter. Tomato Dirt says a 796 ml/28 oz. can of tomatoes is equal to 2.5 lb fresh (about 1 kg).
I created one sample recipe card as a template. I have about 40 recipes. I can only photograph meals when the light is nice – that is, daytime, on days off and weekends. So, I figure it will take me 40 weeks to finish the cookbook! Maybe it will accelerate in the summer.
I’m saving each recipe as a PDF so I can display it on my iPad in the kitchen.
Hope I can share this with you by the end of the year 🙂