Recipe Exchange

So I actually did take a break from baking this week… it was a long weekend so I gave myself a baking holiday as well. I’m using this week to write about salads, working out, and recipe ideas instead! You can be prepared for an extra delicious recipe once you have a healthy week.

But here is the first thing I have to write about: the other day, I got an email from a friend about a recipe exchange. It’s an email chain for foodies. The goal of it is to get a diverse arrangement of recipes from lots of different people. I love hearing about the types of things that other people cook and got excited about it immediately. How it works is you pass along the body of the email to 20 friends who all (theoretically…) send recipes out to the person before you on the chain. As they forward it to more friends, the email gets passed along and more and more recipes are collected. In the end, you get everything from single serving chocolate cake to quinoa scrambles to corn salads. Here is the body of the email to pass along:

Hi friends,

I write to you in the name of good food.

We are participating in a collective, constructive, and hopefully TASTY experiment – a recipe exchange concept. We hope you will participate. We have picked those we think would make this fun.

Please send a recipe (with Subject: Recipe Exchange) to the person whose name is in position 1 below (even if you don’t know him/her) and it should be something quick, easy and without rare ingredients. Actually, the best one is the one you know off the top of your head, and can type right now. Don’t agonise over it, it should be a recipe that you make when you are short of time.

After you’ve sent the recipe to the person in position 1 below (and only to that person), copy this letter into a new email, move my name to position 1 and put your name in position 2. Only my and your name should show when you send your email. Send to 20 friends BCC (blind copy).


2. (this would be your name)

If you can’t contribute within 5 days, just let us know (so it will be fair to those participating). Once complete, you should receive a diverse collection of quick recipes. It’s fun to see where they come from (add where you’re from in the message)! Seldom does anyone drop out because we all need new ideas, and the turnaround is fast as there are only 2 names on the list – and you only have to do it once.


If you’re feeling bored of eating the same dishes all the time, this is an easy thing to start to break out of a cooking (or even microwaving) rut. I’m thinking of writing down all the recipes and making my own recipe box of them. I passed along my kale and avocado salad. What would you pass along to a friend?


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