Thursday, January 16, 2020

Salmon and Potato Balls

1 x 8 oz. tin salmon (flaked)
1&1/2 cups mashed potatoes
2 heaped tbspns. grated cheese
2 eggs
1 small onion (grated)
salt and pepper
lemon juice

Method: Beat 1 egg well and lightly beat into potato with [salmon,] cheese, onion and seasoning. Roll into balls on floured board. Dip in beaten egg and roll in breadcrumbs. Deep fry until golden brown. Serve on cocktail sticks. Approximately 48 balls.

Source: Mantle of Safety Cookbook 2 (The Port Augusta Women's Air Branch Auxillary of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, c1987), p.10.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Cheese Canapes

1 cup grated cheese
1 dspn. Worcester sce.
1 egg
1 dspn. butter
Salt to taste
Small pieces of bacon
Fingers of stale bread

Method: Combine the grated cheese with the Worcester sauce, beaten egg and butter. Add pinch of salt. Beat well. Spread a little on each bread finger and top with a piece of bacon. Bake in a moderate oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. (These savouries can be made well before serving time and will require only browning before serving).

Source: contributed by June Roberts in Recipe Book Containing the Favourite Recipes of Members of the Payneham Methodist Women's Fellowship, 1961 (Payneham [Adelaide]: 1961), p.20.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Cabin Fingers

Place 1/2lb. crushed coffee biscuits, 1 tablespoon cocoa and 1/2 cup nuts in a basin. Fruit may be added.

Then stir over fire 2oz. sugar, 1/4lb. butter and 1 well-beaten egg until sugar is dissolved. Pour over mixture. Pour into shallow dish and press down hard. Leave till next day to set.

Source: contributed Mrs. A. A. Henschke, Lobethal and Mrs. H. Henschke, Lobethal in The Golden Wattle Cookery Book. Compiled by Ladies of the Kindergarten Committee. In aid of Kindergarten Funds. (Lobethal: 1948), p.67.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Surprise Pies

150ml chicken stock
23g plain flour, 23g margarine
180g diced cooked chicken
2-3 tablespoons mixed vegetables
salt & pepper
2 hard boiled eggs

240g plain flour
60g margarine
60g lard
cold water to mix

Method: Make a thick sauce using flour, margarine & stock. Add chicken, vegetables & seasonings. Make a basic shortcrust pastry. Line 4-6 individual pie pans. Place half an egg in each. Divide chicken filling evenly between them. Top with pastry lid. Seal well. Make a steam hole in each. Brush with milk. Bake at 200°C for 30 minutes.

Source: American River C.W.A. Recipes for Christmas and Special Occasions (American River C.W.A, 1998), p.36.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Cocktail Canapes

1 large loaf White Bread
1 small round Biscuit Cutter
Vegetable cooking Oil


Cut four rounds of Bread from each slice of bread. Heat oil (1/2-inch) in deep fry pan, fry the pieces until golden brown, turning once. Drain well on greaseproof paper. When cold, store in an airtight container. These bases will keep well for several days.


Cream Cheese: Pipe rosettes of Philadelphia Cheese onto croutes, garnish with Caper, sprinkle lightly with Paprika.

Salmon: Spread lightly with Salmon Spread, arrange baby Shrimps on top, garnish with a small piece of Lemon and a sprig of Parsley.

Sardines or Oysters: Spread a thin layer of Mayonnaise over base, top with a smoked Oyster or Sardine, garnish with red Caviar and Parsley.

Any other topping you may like, with dainty decorations.

Serve on a large tray or platter.

Source: Recipes Old and New (Dedicated to the many women who have worked in and for the Hutchinson Hospital during the last eighty years) (Gawler Health Services Joint Fund: November 1994), p.6.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Cream of Turkey or Chicken Soup

3 sets chicken giblets or 2 sets turkey giblets, 1 piece chopped ham, 1 medium sliced onion, 1 stick celery, 1 dsp flour, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 oz butter, 1 dsp lemon juice, pepper, salt, nutmeg to taste.

Method: Prepare giblets. Melt butter in saucepan, add giblets and cook for a few minutes without browning. Pour in 4 pints water and bring slowly to the boil. Skim, add onion, celery, ham, salt, pepper, nutmeg and lemon juice. Simmer with lid on saucepan until tender - about 2 hours. Strain into a basin. Return to saucepan, add blended flour, boil for 3 mins. Add milk, adjust seasoning. Reheat carefully without boiling. Add a little chopped parsley, if desired.

Source: contributed by M. Catford in Booleroo Centre Primary School 1885-1985 Centenary Recipe Book (Revised edition 1985 of 1970 edition), p.15.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Glüh Wein

Excellent to beat winters chills

500ml rain water
1/2 st[i]ck cinnamon
1 sliced lemon, skin on
2 cloves
1/2 cup sugar
500ml red wine

Method: In a saucepan bring the water to the boil with spices and sugar. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Add slices of lemon. Remove from heat and add wine. Serve while still hot. Serves 4.

Source: Cooking Barossa Style by the Ebenezer Community Centre (2000), p.86.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Yuletide Loaf

3 eggs, 3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup plain flour, small tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 cup dates, 1/2 cup candied peel, 2 oz dried figs, 1&1/2 cups whole brazil nuts, 1&1/2 cups walnut halves, 3/4 cup marischino [sic] cherries drained of syrup, 1/2 cup angelica, 1/2 tsp vanilla.

Method: Grease loaf tin 8 in. x 5 in. and line with greaseproof paper. Place nuts and fruit in large bowl. Add other ingredients. Leave in tin 15 mins. after baking before removing. Place in plastic bag and store in refrigerator. Keeps well.

Source: contributed by M. Barrie in Booleroo Centre Primary School 1885-1985 Centenary Recipe Book (Revised edition 1985 of 1970 edition), p.89.

Monday, December 16, 2019

No Bake Fruit Cake

16 weetbix, 3/4 cup orange juice, 2 tbspn jam, 2 cups mixed fruit, 1/2 cup nuts, 4 oz butter or margarine, 1 tspn cinnamon, 1/4 tspn nutmeg, 1 tspn vanilla, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tbspn cocoa.

Method: Combined crushed weetbix with orange juice and jam in large bowl, set aside. Prepare other ingredients. Combined all except butter or margarine and mix thoroughly, add melted butter, mix well and turn into tin lined with paper. Press down firm, leave overnight. Ice if desired, cut into small squares or fingers. Will keep for months in refrigerator.

Source: contributed by Shirley Rohrlach in Blyth Recipe Book: Favourite Tested Recipes of the Blyth Trinity Lutheran Ladies Guild (Blyth Womens Guild, 1972), p.33.

Edited 26/12/2019: as made by the Pineapple Princesses, with a delicious pineapple variation:

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Economical Plum Pudding

2 large cups fresh breadcrumbs, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 cup mixed fruit, 1 tsp mixed spice, 1 tsp carb. soda, 1/2 cup milk, 1 Tbls butter, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp lemon essence, 1 Tbls sweet sherry.

Method: Combined dry ingredients other than carb. soda which is dissolved in milk, then added. Melt butter and add to mixture. Beat eggs and mix in with all ingredients. Place in a greased steamer, cover and steam for 1&1/2 hours.

Source: contributed by A. Arthur in Booleroo Centre Primary School 1885-1985 Centenary Recipe Book (Revised edition 1985 of 1970 edition), p.57.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Modern Christmas Cake

1&1/2 cups whole shelled brazil nuts
1&1/2 cups walnut halves
1/2 lb. stoned dates
2/3 cup candied peel
1/2 cup red cherries
1/2 cup green cherries
1/2 cup se[e]ded raisins
3/4 cup S R flour
3/4 cup sugar
pinch salt
3 eggs
1 teas. vanilla essence.

Method: Place all fruit & nuts (unchopped) in a large basin and mix well.
Add sifted flour, salt and sugar and mix again.
Beat eggs and vanilla, pour over fruit and flour and mix all to-gether.
Bake in round tin or log tin which has been greased well and lined with foil or greaseproof paper. Bake approx. 2 hours in slow oven - 250º[F] gas. 
The case can be lined with glace pineapple and cher[r]ies and decorated on top / looks very attractivke [sic] when served.
Cut in very thin dainty slices - very rich.

Source: Our Jubilee Year Recipe Book [Ascot Park Uniting Church Friendship Group] (Adelaide, 1986), p.19.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Cheese Busters

Take 8oz. plain flour, 2 tablespns. butter, 3 tablespns. grated cheese, pinch cayenne, salt to taste, and mix with 1/2 cup of milk and water in equal parts.

Roll out very thin and cut into large squares. Bake well in a fairly hot oven. When serving spread with butter.

Source: contributed by Lois Kleinschmidt in The Golden Wattle Cookery Book. Compiled by Ladies of the Kindergarten Committee. In aid of Kindergarten Funds. (Lobethal: 1948), p.68.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Finger Biscuits

2 cups S.R. flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup milk, 2 eggs - use yolks only, keep whites for icing. Rub butter into sugar and flour; beat yolks and add milk; mix all together. When a nice stiff paste, roll out thin. Beat whites of eggs, add icing sugar till thin enough to spread. Sprinkle with chopped almonds or cocoanut; cut in finger shapes and bake quickly.

Source: contributed by Mrs. O. Brettig, Lobethal in The Golden Wattle Cookery Book. Compiled by Ladies of the Kindergarten Committee. In aid of Kindergarten Funds. (Lobethal: 1948), p.70.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Honey Bubble Fingers

4oz margarine or butter
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup coconut
4 oz sugar
4 cups rice bubbles
1 cup peanuts

Method: Simmer butter, sugar and honey for 5 minutes. Add rice bubbles, coconut and peanuts and mix well. Press into slab tin. Sprinkle with a little extra coconut. Cut into fingers while still warm and allow to set before serving.

Source: Cooking Barossa Style by the Ebenezer Community Centre (2000), p.68.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Sweet and Sour Fish Fingers (Microwave)

Equipment Needed
Measuring Cup
Microwave Jug
Microwave safe Platter large enough to hold fish fingers

Preparation Time: 12 to 15 minutes

1 packet Chicken Noodle Soup
1/2 cup Water
1/4 cup Vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped Spring Onions
1/2 Green Pepper, chopped
1/4 cup Water
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
450 grams can Pineapple Pieces undrained
1 tablespoon Cornflour
15 Fish Fingers

Method: Blend soup mix with all ingredients except cornflour, 1/4 cup water and fish fingers. Microwave on High for 3 to 5 minutes until boiling. Blend cornflour with 1/4 cup water and stir into sauce. Microwave on High for 1 minute, stir then repeat until sauce has thickened. Place fish fingers on platter. Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes, then pour sauce over and Microwave a further 1 minute.

Source: Quick and Easy Savouries (Kent Town: The South Australian Country Women's Association Incorporated, n.d. [2000s]), n.p.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Fruit and Nut Fingers

2 ozs. Butter
1/3 cup Sultanas or chopped Raisins
1/2 cup Wholemeal Plain Flour
1 egg yolk
1/3 cup Honey

Method: Beat butter until creamy, beat in egg yolk, add nuts and sultanas. Stir in sifted flour. Pour in honey and stir well. Spread into greased tin 28 x 18 cm (11" x 7"). Cook in moderate oven for 20 minutes. When cool, cut into fingers. Ice if desired.

Source: Recipes for Slices and Snacks: Heartbeat Inc. Assistance Group, Adelaide Central Branch (Adelaide: n.d. [early 1980s?]), p.35.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Caramel Fingers

1/4 lb butter
1 egg
3/4 cup dates
vanilla essence
1/4 lb brown sugar
1 cup SR flour
3/4 cup walnuts

Method: Heat butter and sugar, stir until dissolved. Remove from heat, add egg, vanilla, flour, dates and nuts. Mix well. Put into greased slab tin and bake for 20 minutes. Leave until cold and cut into fingers.

Source: Cooking Barossa Style by the Ebenezer Community Centre (2000), p.68.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Cheese and Ham Fingers

3 oz. plain flour
1/2 teaspoon cayenne, salt
3 oz. grated tasty cheese
2 oz. butter or substitute
1 egg-yolk
Good squeeze lemon juice

1 egg-white
1 cup finely minced or chopped ham

Method: Sift flour, salt and pepper into bowl, add cheese, rub in butter, and mix to dough with beaten egg-yolk and lemon juice. Roll out on floured board to rectangle. Cut into fingers, bake in moderate oven 8 to 10 minutes. Beat egg-white until stiff, fold in ham, and spread over the biscuits. Return to oven further 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.

Source: Delicious Pork Recipes. Presented by the Australian Pig Society (S.A. Branch) & United Farmers & Graziers of S.A. (Adelaide: c1968-70), n.p.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Chocolate Fingers

1 heaped cup plain flour
1 tablespoon cocoa
3/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter or margarine (less if soft)
1 egg
Pinch salt
Crushed walnuts

Method: Rub butter into flour, sugar and cocoa. Add beaten egg, salt and vanilla. Spread in shallow tin. Bake 30 minutes in moderate oven. When cool, ice with chocolate icing and sprinkle with crushed walnuts. Cut into small fingers.

Source: contributed by Mrs. Gwen Mueller, Canberra in The Adelaide Children's Hospital Recipe Book 1979 (Adelaide: 1979), p.42.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Pumpkin Cake

1/4 lb butter, 7 oz sugar, 1 cup cold cooked trombone (steamed, drained and mashed), 2 Tbls (small) golden syrup, 2 eggs, 2 rounded cups SR flour, pinch salt, 1 level tsp mixed spice, 1 lb mixed fruit.

Method: Cream butter and sugar. Add well beaten eggs gradually, then golden syrup, then the well-drained trombone. Lightly stir in sifted flour, salt and spice, alternately with fruit. Turn into an 8 in. greased cake tin. Cook at 400°[F] for 1.1/4-1.3/4 hours.

Source: contributed by E. Bright in Booleroo Centre Primary School 1885-1985 Centenary Recipe Book (Revised edition 1985 of 1970 edition), p.87.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Iced Vo Vo Biscuits

Sift into a bowl 6oz S.R. flour and rub in 4oz butter, lard or dripping, add 4oz sugar and mix to a firm paste, with 1 egg. Roll out on board to a biscuit thickness and cut in shape. Bake on a greased oven tray in a moderate oven for 20 mins. When cold spread red jam down centre of each one, and ice with pink and white icing down the sides. Place each one face down into cocoanut.

Source: contributed by Sylvia Hartmann, Charleston in The Golden Wattle Cookery Book. Compiled by Ladies of the Kindergarten Committee. In aid of Kindergarten Funds. (Lobethal: 1948), p.73.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Mock Fish

4 eggs, 3 medium sized potatoes, 1 small onion, pepper and salt to taste.

Method: Grate potatoes and onion and then beat in eggs. Mix and fry in hot fat until a nice brown. Parsley or grated carrot is an improvement.

Source: contributed by L. Sinkinson, Lobethal in The Golden Wattle Cookery Book. Compiled by Ladies of the Kindergarten Committee. In aid of Kindergarten Funds. (Lobethal: 1948), p.11.