When I was in Los Angeles for my mom's coma and subsequent death, I found a recipe file and notes for a diet cookbook. With my dad's and sister's approval, I took these items with me back to Alaska with the promise that I would type them up so the whole family could have them. For nearly three months, I did nothing.
Today that changed. I started typing up her sometimes incomplete recipes. I hope to eventually create an HTML version of her gourmet diet cookbook and an HTML version of her nondiet recipes found in her files.
As a small down payment to that vision, I offer you my mom's mostly complete recipe for tortillas, which tasted great the few times I had them:
About 6 cups flour
3 or 4 tsps baking powder
1/3 cup crisco
1 tsp salt
enough water to make dough
Mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Add crisco and mix well with your hands. When it is all crumbly (like cornmeal) start adding hot water. Mix with hands until stiff dough (like bread dough). Turn onto floured board and kneed for at least 10 or 15 minutes. The longer you kneed the better the tortillas.
Heat an iron griddle very hot. Save this griddle for tortillas only as it will look awful. Don't scour griddle as it will make this stick.
Mom's directions end at this point. But I think the rest of the directions would run something like this:
Take a small ball of dough and roll it out flat and thin as possible. Put tortilla on heated griddle and cook like a pancake until both sides seem fully cooked. Set aside and start cooking next tortilla.
I hope to use this recipe next weekend or the next and so hope to tell you if the above really was a wise course of action.
If I stay with this project, which I hope I will, I'll be sharing more of my mom's recipes and will share the URL of the book when (or if) I get it finished.
One of the most heartbreaking things are those recipes where I have full ingredient lists but no instructions whatsoever. For some recipes I have some idea from what to do, either from the brief times I actually paid attention in the kitchen or from my own general cooking skills.
But for others, I have no clues and now I'll never be able to ask her. If you have a relative who is a great cook -- pay attention to them while they're around to teach!!!