Writing a recipe book from scratch felt quite daunting, so we asked friends and family for some help. We started a facebook group amongst our closest family and friends and asked them to donate a favourite family recipe - preferably one that had been passed on through the generations. We were immediately rewarded with lots of different recipes and Lexie was able to choose her favourites to have a go at.
Lexie chose Malcolm's Carbonara first. We read the recipe together and talked about it, and as we did I was able to make slight adjustments in the instructions to ensure Lexie's understanding was sound. We modified the quantities, because we're a family of 5 - we talked about the maths but I didn't labour on this as the main focus of this first recipe was creating it, tasting it and writing it up to share.
Next we set about making the dish, Lexie was able to do it pretty much independently, with a bit of support to drain the pasta. Everyone loved the meal. We took lots of photographs throughout the whole process.
I signed up for a Weebly account and chose a blog template. And we set about writing up the carbonara recipe.
Lexie was really motivated to see the photographs and to use the computer to write up the recipe.
We talked about the recipe website being published, and I explained that we'd need to have a few recipes available before we published (and we had work to do to design the home page etc).
Gradually over the past few weeks, Lexie has chosen a recipe from the bank we've collected, and we've been through the same process - reading through it, modifying it, trying it, tasting it and finally writing it up.
And now it's live Lexie's been re-motivated by seeing it online and reading comments on social channels. We're aiming to add at least one a week.