A-Z 2016 Theme Reveal : Befores and Afters

A-Z 2016 Theme Reveal

A-Z 2016 Theme Reveal

In April, this blog will feature an eclectic collection of ‘Befores and Afters’ – appetisers and desserts, inspired by my Pathare Prabhu and Goan heritage.

I hold onto precious memories in the form of handwritten recipes and cookbooks that I have inherited from my grandmothers. Some recipes still play a starring roleΒ at the dining table butΒ others now live only in theΒ nostalgia tinged stories my dad often recounts.

April will give me a chance to showcase some of these on the blog.

But in the meanwhile, wish me luck in trying to decipher age old handwriting, make sense of weights and measures from a previous era and in trying to decide which of my personal favourites to include here and how much to tweak the original recipes. Aji will be thrilled and I’m sure Nana wouldn’t mind.

I am doing a happy dance and nervous jig at the same time!

Deciphering the recipes: Yes, that's the condition of the book and No, I'm not using that one.

Deciphering the recipes: Yes, that’s the condition of the book and No, I’m not using that one.


About The Weekend Baker

Weekend baker, cook book collector, gatherer of family recipes.. I have inherited my love for baking, cooking and experimenting in the kitc
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25 Responses to A-Z 2016 Theme Reveal : Befores and Afters

  1. Lata Sunil says:

    Interesting… i am sure I would love them.

  2. This will be a really amazing theme for a foodie like me!

    All the best for the challenge πŸ™‚

    • The Weekend Baker says:

      Thanks, Mithila, for visiting and for your wishes.

      I’m so looking forward to discovering new and weird words on your blog in April. πŸ™‚

  3. Me Otherwise says:

    wow. the joy of deciphrinh and getting them out as a post. HOpe you enjoy the journey and the challenge

    • The Weekend Baker says:

      Thanks, Ramya. You’ve chosen a fabulous theme and I look forward to more stories from the motherland in April. Happy blogging!

  4. Nibha says:

    I hope to find some interesting recipe in April then! πŸ™‚

  5. Kala Ravi says:

    What a lovely theme Monica. I love Maharashtrian dishes…being a Mumbaikar myself. All the best for the challenge πŸ™‚

    • The Weekend Baker says:

      Thanks for your encouragement, Kala. I am looking forward to reading all the themes and exploring some blogs tonight. πŸ™‚

  6. Oh, yum… I love Indian food (though I’m hopelessly clueless on regional specifics). I’ll be looking forward to learning not just about Pathare Prabhu (did I spell that right? hold on… missing an H… got it) and Goan cuisine, but maybe even how to make a dish or two! I’m not a kitchen whiz, not by a long looooong shot… but I do love a challenge πŸ˜‰

    Visiting from the Theme Reveal list, and happy to have found you!
    Guilie @ Life In Dogs

    • The Weekend Baker says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Guilie. So glad to hear that you like Indian food and hope you enjoy the posts.
      It’s lovely to reconnect via the A-Z. (I remember you from the 2014 one.)

      Look forward to reading all about the rescue tips in April. Cheers!

  7. Wow! Heritage recipies πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing these with the world.

    • The Weekend Baker says:

      Thanks, Archana. πŸ™‚ Look forward to the world of herbs in April. It’s such an interesting theme.

  8. Indywrites says:

    That is one awesome theme. I look forward to some good food ahead. All the best.

  9. Those books are absolutely a treasure trove, how lucky you are to have them as tangible mementos of your relatives! Fantastic! and awesome that you will use them for your theme.

    Best wishes for a great A-Z,

    • The Weekend Baker says:

      Thanks for visiting, Nilanjana. I still ring my gran to ask her for tips and recipes and then spend time converting her ‘cups’ to metric/volume measures.:) It’s good fun.
      Look forward to your limericks in April!!


  10. randommusings29 says:

    Great theme, I love cookery type posts πŸ™‚

  11. Gail says:

    How fortunate you are to have this connection with your grandmothers. And what a nice tribute to them! Good luck in the deciphering department! Gail at Making Life An Art

    • The Weekend Baker says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Gail. I am truly lucky to have had the childhood I did. I share a special bond with my gran. πŸ™‚
      As for the deciphering, yes, fingers crossed. πŸ™‚
      I love your theme for the A-Z and look forward to reading your take on driving here. The tests aren’t as bad as they are made out to be so good luck with it all. Don’t mix up your pelicans with your zebras. πŸ™‚

  12. JEN Garrett says:

    What a wonderful way to preserve a special piece of your heritage!

    • The Weekend Baker says:

      Thank you, Jen. I can’t wait to read about the Alphabet books so I’ve bookmarked your blog! πŸ™‚

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