You may not know this about me, but I was born in England. I moved to the US with my family when I was in the 8th grade, and have lived here in Michigan ever since.
Now that I'm an adult (ha!) and have my own home, and (someday) will have my own kids, it's becoming increasingly important to me that I retain that part of my identity, the BRIT in me, and I think the main way to do that is through traditions.
(Random -- I promise you that as my Mum reads the above paragraph she will break out in the song "Tradition" from the musical "Fiddler on the Roof" -- she's cool like that.)
Anyhow, back to business!
I think one of the greatest ways we keep traditions is through food. How many family gatherings do you remember simply by what you ate? To cook a great meal for someone is truly a sign of love and family.
So... I'm adding a new series of posts to my blog titled "THE BRITISH INVASION" where I share my adventures in re-creating some traditional Britsh recipes. Some of the recipes I will get from my Mum, and friends still in the UK, and some will come from Delia.
Don't know Delia? She's kind of England's Julia Child, and I remember seeing her recipe books in my Mum's kitchen since I was a little girl. It just so happens I got Delia's basic book for Christmas...
Now I'm not going all "Julie & Julia" on you here, I'm not going to cook my way through the entire book and blog about it. I'm just going to pick and choose some staples that I'd like to perfect and cook for my family some day. Sound fair?
I'll be kicking this project off next week with the help of my Mum and my English BFF Claire. I'll be creating a link in my sidebar that will have all of my BRITISH INVASION posts listed. Fun, right?!
Until then... tell me about a favorite family recipe of yours? And why it's so special to you? I'd love to hear all about it in the comments section below!