Hugh Jackman’s Favorite Gift Will Take You Right Back to Childhood

Hugh Jackman recently took to Twitter to reveal one of the best gifts he has ever received: a journal of childhood recipes from his mum. The book catalogues his favorite recipes from his youth. The recipe in particlar? Bread and butter pudding.

This is a tradition that many families partake in – matriarchs in family across the South in particular will recognize this probably better than anyone. While in the U.S., recipes like these are usually captured in local church cookbooks or in recipe competitions through small organizations, the idea of handmade journal for your family members is undeniably the most personal gift one could receive.

This is a tradition that many families partake in – matriarchs in family across the South in particular will recognize this probably better than anyone. While in the U.S., recipes like these are usually captured in local church cookbooks or in recipe competitions through small organizations, the idea of handmade journal for your family members is undeniably the most personal gift one could receive.

If you’re a new parent, or just want to be sure you record your own family’s recipes, you can start to catalogue your own now. There are loads of quality journals out there (the more durable you can find, the better), although many people just opt for the simple three-ring binder approach.

There’s also one more benefit to writing your recipes by hand: you’ll commit them to memory faster, or you’ll start to see room where you can improve. If you don’t have the recipe memorized yet, this is a great way to ensure that you start learning it as soon as possible.

However, if you have a recipe that isn’t quite where you want it to be, when you’re writing it, you may notice a place here or there that something can be added. Is that macaroni and cheese dish a little too heavy? Consider adding a splash of lemon or a tiny bit of white wine to break up the flavor.

Either way, handwritten recipes are some of the best gifts you can give.

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