When I left home and headed off to University, one of the presents my mum gave me was The Bero Book, a slim volume of recipes using Bero brand flour. She has a copy at home, my Grandma has a copy, and now my two younger sisters have copies too.
The recipes are simple, fairly traditional English fare and for the last 12 years I’ve stuck with just a couple of the recipes – the cheese scones are now my ‘go-to’ for potlucks and picnics.
Since moving to Canada last year I get hankerings for English food from time to time. Don’t get me wrong, we eat fantastically well here, eating out regularly – delicious food at great prices for the most part. But sometimes I have a yearning for a cake or a pie that tastes like home.
I know the ‘cook your way through a cook book thing’ has been done before – I’ve seen the film (and didn’t enjoy it!), but this is my version and I’m looking forward to trying some new recipes and rediscovering some old ones.
- All recipes must be cooked again – even those I’ve made a hundred times before.
- Recipes can be adapted, but must be recognisable as the originals (I’m vegetarian, won’t be making boozy beef pie anytime soon).
- The results must be photographed and blogged – the successes and the failures.