For many of us the confinement has been an opportunity to return to simple things, and in particular to the pleasure of cooking good meals and taking care of ourselves. Here, we have not escaped the trend: brioche, homemade broth, breaded artichokes, ravioli, pizza… I had been thinking for a long time about using Foglietto, and in particular the A Posto kit and the dividers, to make a beautiful recipe box, which would include our greatest classics as well as our more recent culinary discoveries. The idea was to help us find inspiration in order to avoid, as was often the case, cooking the same thing over and over again, when we had actually amassed a whole bunch of successful recipes over the years. Recipes that we were usually too dizzy or too tired to remember when it came time to make the weekly menu. Today, I will show you how to create a recipe box adapted to your lifestyle and give you some ideas on how to use it in your daily life.
Pour réaliser votre boîte à recettes, vous aurez besoin de :
Recipe box or recipe notebook: which to choose?
Recipe notebooks are useful for preserving the memory of certain recipes, but much less so when it comes to classifying them. The main advantage of Foglietto is that it will allow you to find a particular recipe much more easily, according to the classification categories you have chosen.
Unlike the thin pages of a notebook or the delicate touch screen of a smartphone, Foglietto’s thick memo cards resist very well to the stains, drops and fingerprints of the most greedy (or clumsy!) ones in the family. You can easily wipe them off with a slightly dampened sponge or cloth. It is therefore the ideal solution to follow your recipe while expressing your culinary creativity!
Finally, some recipe notebooks will offer you an already integrated filing system. Is it the best solution? I am not so sure! Where these offer you a predefined filing option, Foglietto allows you to choose from several, depending on what suits you the best.
Choosing your filing system: use the divider cards and a colour code
The ideal way to create your recipe box is to use the Scatola storage box, specially designed for your Foglietto memo cards, as well as our divider cards (the first two are available in the A Posto kit).
Start by defining the main categories that usually help you choose your recipes: type of dish, food allergies or restrictions, seasons, culture… Identify among these the most important category, i.e. the one that will mainly guide your choices. In my case, it is the classic starter, main course and dessert. Record each of these sub-categories on a separate divider. If you have a lot of recipes and want more “filters”, you can make different levels of dividers, for example:
- Dividers with the tab on the left (level 1): starter, main course, dessert,
- Spacers with the central tab (level 2): omnivorous, vegetarian, vegan,
- Spacers with the tab on the right (level 3): Italian cuisine, Asian cuisine, French cuisine, etc.
You will then need to repeat the level 2 dividers for each level 1 dividers, and the level 3 dividers for each level 2 dividers. This option is only interesting if you have a large quantity of recipes to classify.
You can also use a colour code that will allow you to identify at a glance the cards containing recipes that may be of interest to you. In my case, I chose to assign the yellow cards to recipes containing meat or fish, the blue ones to vegetarian recipes and the pink ones to vegan dishes. This way, if I am looking for a vegan main course, I will know that I have to go to the pink coloured cards behind the “Main course” divider.
No matter how many recipes you start with, I would advise you to build up an index right from the start. To do this, I use a to-do list memo card and the numbering box of the recipe cards. If you wish, it is also an opportunity to add a new classification category to your recipes. Here I went for the very basic sweet/savoury. So I have two index cards: one for savoury recipes and one for sweet recipes.
This index will allow you to quickly find a recipe, but also to see at a glance which recipes are already in your box… and thus easily find inspiration! So don’t hesitate to keep all your recipes there, even those you know by heart.
A few ideas for "boosting" your recipe box
Here is a non-exhaustive list of ideas to make the most of your recipe box:
- Choose from your recipe cards the ones that will make up your week, then display them directly on your fridge or on a wall in your kitchen using masking tape. This way you’ll have them right in front of you when it’s time to cook!
- The recipe cards also allow you to involve the children in this recurring exercise in family life: to help the little ones participate, you can add to your recipe either an illustration of it, made by yourself or by your children, or a photograph that you can maintain with the help of masking tape or a small paper clip. This will allow your menu to be displayed in full view of all family members.
- Use your recipe cards and a to-do list card to quickly compile your weekly shopping list, or take your recipe cards with you directly to the supermarket.
- Thanks to its minimalist design,the Scatola boxwill easily blend into your kitchen décor. Always keep it handy, ideally on your worktop or a shelf, so you can easily pick up some ideas.
- Finally, the next time someone asks you for your greatcarciofi impanati recipe, (Italian-style breaded artichokes), all you have to do is lend him/her your recipe card! It’s much more friendly than a link on the web. Isn’t it? 😉
To sum up, the necessary steps to create your recipe box are:
- Define the categories that usually guide you in choosing your recipes,
- Choose a main category (starter, main course, dessert…),
- Choose one or more secondary categories (vegan/gluten-free, simple/difficult, spring/winter, etc.),
- Assign a colour code or a level of dividers to each of these main and secondary categories,
- Make an index using our “to-to” cards,
- Write down your recipe cards and classify them according to the code you have chosen,
- Finally, use your recipe cards in a variety of ways: lend them out, display them on your fridge as your weekly menu, etc.
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