Growing up I do not recall either of my parents measuring or noting the quantity of ingredients when they cooked. Cooking was done by feel, taste and instinct. Measurements, proportions and quantities were a matter of texture, consistency and flavor. Consequently, I am one of those cooks who rarely measures ingredients. And anyone who has worked in the kitchen with me knows it is a little pinch of this, a handful of that and a sprig of herb here and then the dish is off to the table. Of course this makes sharing recipes a bit of a challenge. For some recipes there are no measurements, simply ingredients, just as my mom or dad would give a recipe. The measurements provided should serve as a useful guide.
Remember to always purchase good quality fresh ingredients. The recipe may need to be adjusted depending on the number of people you are cooking for and the size of the ingredients you are using but basic guides are provided. All you have to do is get in there and enjoy the experience and allow your own individuality to come out in the dish. Invite family and friends to join you and share in the preparation and the celebration of the meal.
Like my parents, in particular my father, I love to cook and receive a great deal of satisfaction when others enjoy eating what is prepared. I would much rather demonstrate cooking and spend time cooking together with others rather than to measure and write out recipes - but I have done my best here so that you can have a recipe to follow. I hope these recipes inspires you to get together with family and friends to prepare and share a meal. Perhaps reading through some of our family stories will remind you of special times and people in your life.