My recipe cards

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A good few years ago I was inspired by my friend Heasy to start a recipe collection. His family has a thing called The Document, with recipes passed down through generations, and jealously guarded.

I pinched some of them for my box. Here are some of the other recipes I’ve collected. Some are triumphs. Some are disasters.


Apple burgers


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I’ll never make these. They sound horrible, don’t they? I mean, the whole point of burgers is that they have as much actual meat in them as possible. Not apple. Never apple.

I just wanted to have a recipe in the box that begins with A.



Butternut squash, carrot, and potato soup


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This is one of my actual recipe triumphs, and I made it up all by myself. It’s a really good winter warmer soup, and comes out a wonderful deep orange colour. That “glug, glug” of dry vermouth adds something special, and I usually find that a few more glug glugs find their way into a glass with some ice in it when I’m making this recipe. If you haven’t got a hand-held kitchen blender, get one at once; they’re really useful.


Drop scones


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Really easy to make for a weekend breakfast treat, and impresses guests if you’ve got them round. These little waffly pancakes are great served in a heap with a blob of syrup or marmalade. This card is a good example of how a recipe gets tweaked over several attempts if initially the quantities aren’t quite right. Oh, and if you’ve got a good non-stick pan you hardly need any butter.


Gin Atomic


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My favourite cocktail - the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster of Toxic Towers. Judging the state of my handwriting here, I probably had already imbibed a couple of them before putting pen to index card. Well worth the investment in a cocktail shaker and a bottle of elderflower liqueur. Don’t worry too much about the lemon bitters - I’ve never managed to find the stuff, and use Angostura orange bitters instead. Even if you miss that out, this cocktail is still amazing. And lethal.


Jam Sandwich


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My friend Nicola who lives up in Cumbria has a recipe box of her own, and we organised an exchange of our favourites. She got my BNS soup recipe, I got her Two Pastas. I was also lucky enough to receive this gem from Nicola’s daughter Ella. This was a few years ago. Ella is in her teens now, and will probably be mortified when she sees this.


McDonald’s


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The index card box has a Mc section. I had to put something in it.


Pesto (lemon)


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One of the recipes I’ve stolen from Heasy and his family. Just sling it all in a blender, blitz up, then mix in the results with your favourite cooked pasta. Wonderful.


Sourdough starter


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Back in the days when everybody made their own bread, bakers’ yeast was hard to come by, and quite expensive. One alternative was to have a bowl of sourdough starter bubbling away that used the bacteria in sour milk and the natural yeast present in flour to give your bread its lift.

I quite like sourdough bread when I’ve bought it in the shops, so I thought I’d give this a go. The recipe involves mixing milk, live yoghurt, flour, and water, and leaving it in a warm place (on top of the hi-fi amplifier in the living room in our case), for a few days.

It stank the whole house out! It took days for the fetid miasma of rancid milk to go away. I couldn’t bring myself to make any bread with it. With a fair bit of dry-heaving, I slung the whole lot down the sink, followed by a generous dose of bleach. See the note written to myself at the bottom of the back of the card. You have been warned.

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I was surprised I haven’t got any recipes that begin with T. Perhaps you can suggest one? Or, if you’d like to do a recipe exchange with me, like the one I did with Nicola, send me a message! Bear in mind that I’ve already got Jam Sandwich.





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