When I first set up my recipe website I had no intention of becoming a blogger ( indeed the word was unknown) , working full time in a demanding job and already leading a very full life. And so this isn’t really a blog, just a collection of recipes that I have cooked and enjoyed over the years from my extensive (and still growing) collection of cookbooks. You won’t get adverts and you won’t get videos. Its just about sharing the recipes so you can all enjoy good food in your own homes. My own diet now is mostly vegetarian, though i do occasionally eat meat and fish, and i particularly enjoy food from the Middle East and Asia.
My site first started many years ago- 1996 to be precise, when the internet was in relative infancy. My now deceased partner Laurence set up a recipe website for me called Sue’s Recipe Server to share recipes i had enjoyed.I used to write them all down on cards in a card index but Laurence was an Access Developer and set up a database for me to keep them, then wrote the html script to get them on to the World Wide Web . I think I may well have had the first UK recipe website- it was well before Delia Smith and others were posting recipes online!! Over five thousand people a week from all over the world would regularly visit my site and many would contact me through the site asking for particular recipes. How different it is now with many well known recipe writers published online and the multitude of food blogs out there. So I don’t attempt to compete and i get nothing like the same number of users, but keep on doing it because I love food and want to share the love.
The original site , with over 1500 recipes, was based on an Access 2 database which I managed to maintain for a while following Laurence’s sudden death in 2010 . Finally the Server went down after a lengthy power cut, never to reboot, so i decided i had to go for external hosting. At the same time a new PC for myself meant an updated version of Access, and an apparent inability to run the old Access 2 database on the same machine perhaps reflecting my lack of technical knowledge. Faced with not even being able to store my recipes locally in an organised way , and with no programming skills whatsover, I had to look for a new way of doing things. Hence the move to WordPress . Many years later I am still gradually transferring the 1500 recipes alongside adding new ones and suspect this will always be a bit of a work in progress!
Enjoy, please share and spread the love.