As you know, one of my main passions in life is food and I have always been a keen cook. I was lucky in that as a child I was encouraged to cook and given quite a free rein in the kitchen. My cousin and I regularly made buns and took great delight in icing them with all sorts of lairy colours that have probably long since been banned. A large part of my job now is to get people cooking so they can cook meals from scratch using basic ingredients. I travel around my region with a van packed full of cooking equipment and ingredients which then has to be unloaded, unpacked and transformed into a cooking and demonstration teaching area. At the end of the day, and sometimes two days, it’s all packed away so we can do it all again somewhere else! I know I’ve posted this photo’ before but…
We have to be very careful when we open the back door that it doesn’t all come tumbling out on to the pavement!
All that pre-amble was simply my way of leading in to today’s project which is a card that I have made for the current challenge over at City Crafter Challenge Blog -What’s Cooking?
This lovely vintage image, from The Vintage Workshop, reminds me of the cooking sessions we run. People working in groups and sharing out the tasks. However, that cute little cat would not be allowed at the party. Those splodges by the way are part of the image and not be being messy! However, my cookery books do tell a story in that well used recipes often display remnants of the ingredients used. That’s sure to add to the value when they pitch up on Antiques Roadshow in years to come.
Tucked behind the image is an image of a recipe which I took from my beloved Betty Crocker cookbook. This is a vintage cookbook that I just love to read and look at the pictures. The names of the recipes are so enticing – RichYellow Cake, Araby Spice Cake, Peppermint Chip Chiffon, Exquiite Coconut Cake… I just want to make, and of course eat, the lot!
I’ve layered up the images with cardstock, a doily and designer papers using a red, to compliment the girls dresses, and black for contrast.
I’ve used some red and white ribbon to create a bow and tucked in some little red and white berries and the tiniest little wooden spoon that I happened to have in my stash.
If you’d like to pick up some healthy recipes, for free, you can buzz over to the Let’s Get Cooking at Home website and take your pick for free. The Oat and Raisin Cookies are great for a quick sweet treat and the Italian Chicken Pasta Salad, written by yours truly, is a great dish for the summer. If you want to rustle up a quick curry then the Speedy Chicken Biryani (use cashew nuts if you’re a veggie) is always popular with our delegates.
Thanks for buzzing by.