Richmond Mall manager Belinda de Clercq with just some of the hundreds of recipes submitted for the mall’s cook book that will be delivered free to every home in Nelson. Photo: Sinead Ogilvie.

Cook book recipes ready to be served

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Take a pinch of nostalgia, a dollop of great memories and a scoop of hand-me-down directions from people all over the region and you’ve got the recipe for Richmond Mall’s cook book.

More than 376 recipes were submitted to the cook book featuring the recipes of local families and with entries closed, mall manager Belinda de Clercq says it is starting to take shape.

“We were blown away by how many people submitted recipes to the cook book. Every single day there would be more recipes dropped into the box.”

From the traditional to the conventional, all recipes were taken into consideration when choosing the best ones for the book says Belinda and it was no easy task.

“There were amazing recipes handed in, some came with photos featuring 1940s hairstyles, some were submitted by children in their own writing. There were so many amazing recipes.”

The winners for each category, mains, deserts, baking, children, Christmas and jams/preserves and more will be contacted this week.

The cookbook will be distributed free to every home in Nelson and each of the recipes will also feature on the Richmond Mall website during October.