An article from Hearthside Home Care
In-Home Caregivers Tips for Sharing from the Generations: Recipe Reminiscing
Nearly every family has its favourite recipes handed down from generation to generation and in-home caregivers have the unique opportunity to offer those reminders. Parents have likely handed down those recipes for treats or goodies to the next generation and would likely feel special if they could help you hand those same recipes down to subsequent generations.
By handing them down, it is more than simply writing out the list of ingredients and the instructions. It means standing with them and making the cookies or rolls or whatever treat the recipe is for. It is the interaction the children had when they learned how to make the special treat. As a gift you could make the food item and give it to your parents as a token of your appreciation for teaching you how to make it.
Another option could be to create a cookbook of your family’s favourite recipes, making sure you include the name of the relative that was famous for making it for family gatherings. In addition to your parents, you can include recipes from aunts, uncles, sisters and brothers to bolster the strength of the book and add to the treasured memories it contains.
Remember though that not all of your parents’ or grandparents’ recipes were written down. Instead many of them cooked from memory and in order to include those recipes in a family cookbook, you will probably have to stand beside them, helping them of course, and write down the ingredients and instructions as you go. Once you are done with each recipe you can categorize it before turning it into a cookbook to be treasured by subsequent generations.
The important thing to remember is to have personal instructions available from all of those contributing to the cookbook. No doubt most will tell you that the most important ingredient is love, and in most instances you will, as an in-home caregiver, find that to be true, much as it is true with the care you are providing your family member.
As a gift for those to whom you are providing care, you could place all of the family’s favourite recipes onto cards and arrange them in a small basket also containing flowers. This can rest on a bedside table or elsewhere in the room where the parent can read through the many items and remember how and when they cooked each item in the basket. Several baskets could be created to share with other members of the family.
If the parent had a favourite recipe for rolls for example, you can replicate the recipe and deliver a basket of rolls weekly or monthly, reminding them of those rolls. This unselfish act would undoubtedly be appreciated and if they have dietary restrictions, the ingredients can be changed to reflect those restrictions without losing the taste or texture of the rolls.
Whether you use a three-ring binder with tabs to separate categories of recipes or loose leaf paper for your cookbook, it will not be as important as the recipes included. If in-home caregivers can save some of the hand written recipes from years gone by they can add personal value to the cookbook. The important thing isn’t how professionally made the cookbook appears or the quality of the paper. It is the quality of memories the recipes spark along with the love it can generate for many subsequent generations.
By Carissa Stella
Found this article when looking for something completely different and when I saw the title I just had to post it – Ted