A lot of times, mothers and grandmothers create dishes either without any written guidance. Their measurements and proportions of ingredients are probably eyeballed measurements. So, in order for you to be able to recreate the dish as closely as possible, it’s best to help your mom or grandmom in their process of it. That way, you get the hands-on experience and can take your own notes of the little unexplainable details.
Pen and Paper
Sounds weird, doesn’t it? It’s the 21st century, why not just use Google? Well, passing on hand-written recipes allows the feeling of “family” to stay present. Maybe the recipe was altered somewhere along the way, having all of those notes would make it more personal to your family. Don’t just Google “easy family recipes” because they will never be from your own family.
Make It Fun For All
Yes, we all lead excessively busy lives, with work, kids, and so much more. How can you possibly expect to use grandma’s complicated recipe to make dinner when you can heat up some frozen food for an easy dinner? Cooking is an excellent way to engage the whole family and tighten your connection, and you can simultaneously learn traditional recipes as well as pass them on further. Your kids could help you with the simpler tasks like measuring ingredients while you do the harder parts. Just have fun!
Keep an Open Mind and Open Heart
The culinary world today is full of unique flavor combinations and creations. Don’t feel limited to just your own family’s recipes. Try new things, follow recipes or create your own, and maybe you will start a new family tradition and pass it on to your kids and grandkids and so on.