'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Granny's Mince and Macaroni


Part of the process of getting a house turned into a gallery is the Compression of Belongings and Throwing out of Stuff.  And this means I sometimes stumble across things I haven't seen for years, sometimes decades.
For example, while doing the digitisation of my recipe book, I found this tiny drawing that son James, now 28 and living in Germany, did 24 years ago, stuck on the bottom of a recipe of Granny's.
The recipe is much older, probably dating back to when I stayed at the homestead after we came back from our OE in '79 (I know this because it was only a few weeks that I didn't realise Phyl was spelled with a 'y').

It's such a neat drawing.  It has the most important bits.
And by the way it is a really easy, comforting and tasty dish too.




8 comments:

  1. Sounds a tiny bit like what we amusingly call 'Marconi Pie'. Ours has a cheese sauce poured over the macaroni/bolognese mix before being baked.

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    1. Ah, yes Cro, that is very very nice too.

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    2. We had a friend who used to like Rat's Tooey with Aborigines. (Aubergines).

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  2. The handwritten old recipe with child's drawing now appear like a piece of "found art". I rather like that idea of things that were not really meant to "be" art, gaining that ground. I also think of rocks from a beach or rusty old objects that once had particular functions - say in a garage or a kitchen or a blacksmith's shop.

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    1. You are definitely at the cutting edge of art appreciation YP. I would like to think I had some role in this but I suspect you did it all your-wonderful-self.

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    2. I wouldn't say cutting edge Kate. I don't even know what that means in relation to art appreciation. It was simply how I felt about that image.

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  3. Oh, I LOVE kids drawings! I have a ton of my kids pictures and one day I'm going to sort them and make them into a photo book. That way I'll be able to keep the important ones tidily and be able to look at them often. I made my first photobook this Christmas as a gift for my brother, and while it nearly drove me insane organising it and getting the software to work properly, it was SO worth it!!

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    1. Jay, that would be a really satisfying project! And re. the photobook, I think a hard copy of our lives is still so important... Well done!

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