Monday, January 26, 2015

Australian Fondue

1 small loaf firm white bread
2 tablesp. cornflour
3 tablesp. Mildara brandy
12 oz. New Zealand Danbo cheese
4 oz. cheese (Red Malling - Queensland)
8 oz. white wine (Riesling)
2 Granny Smith apples

Method: Cut bread into 1&1/4" cubes and place in a basket - also have ready a fork for each dunker. Cut all the cheese into 1/4" cubes and just before serving cut the apples into 1/4" cubes. Mix Brandy and cornflour to a smooth cream paste ready for use. Place cheese in a small saucepan with wine, and bring to gentle simmer until appearance is like a thin smooth soup. Pour in brandy and cornflour paste stirring constantly until it thickens. Pour into a serving dish over heater. It is important to keep stirring the fondue to prevent sticking. A suggestion is that each guest give a good stir on the bottom of the dish with his bread or apple cube.

Source: contributed by Mrs. R. E. Trehearne in Selected Recipes Compiled by Port Pirie Branch Royal District and Bush Nursing Society (Port Pirie: 1966), p.7.

Happy Australia Day. 

(New Zealand is, of course, not part of Australia.)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Scallops Parisienne

1 pt. or 1-16 oz. tin cream of asparagus soup
2 oz. mushrooms
1 tablesp. butter
1&1/2 lbs. scallops
2 tablesp. milk
2 teasp. lemon juice
2 tablesp. finely chopped onion

Method: Melt butter, add onion, cook until transparent, but not browned. Add the soup, mushrooms, milk, salt and pepper. Bring to boil. Remove beards from scallops and sprinkle with lemon juice. Poach scallops in savoury asparagus soup for 3 mins. Serve with brown bread fingers. Serves 4-6.

Source: contributed by Mrs. S. Southan in Selected Recipes Compiled by Port Pirie Branch Royal District and Bush Nursing Society (Port Pirie: 1966), p.17.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mock Asparagus Soup

1 lb. brussel sprouts
1 rasher of fat bacon
1&1/2 pts. stock
1 cup milk
small bunch herbs
1 small onion
1 level tablesp. flour
1 dessertsp. margarine
salt & pepper

Method: Wash and trim sprouts. Place into boiling salted water and cook about 10 mins. until almost tender. Drain and reserve cooking water. Melt margarine in pan and fry sliced onion and bacon. Add sprouts and cover with lid. Cook for about 6-7 minutes, shaking pan at intervals to prevent sticking. Add stock, milk, vegetable cooking water, herbs, pepper and salt. Simmer about 1 hour. Add blended flour and cook further 10 minutes.

Source: contributed by Mrs. W. Manson in Selected Recipes Compiled by Port Pirie Branch Royal District and Bush Nursing Society (Port Pirie: 1966), p.14.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Port and Ginger

(Served with Savouries)

Place 2 or 3 ice cubes in a tall glass. Add 3 oz. Port, a slice of lemon, and fill with ginger beer. Stir slightly.

Source: Selected Recipes Compiled by Port Pirie Branch Royal District and Bush Nursing Society (Port Pirie: 1966), p.13.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hot Tuna Dip

Make up packet onion soup, thicken with 2 tablespoons cornflour. Add 8 oz. can drained flaked tuna. Reheat and serve hot with biscuits.

Source: Selected Recipes Compiled by Port Pirie Branch Royal District and Bush Nursing Society (Port Pirie: 1966), p.7.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Cheese and Rice Bubble Nibbles

1 cup Rice Bubbles
1 cup plain flour
pinch cayenne pepper
1 cup grated mature cheese
4oz margarine

Method: Mix dry ingredients together. Blend with melted margarine. Roll into marble sized balls. Bake at 180C for 15-20 minutes.

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

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year: Strawberry Bowle

1 punnet of strawberries
1 tablespoon sugar
1 bottle white wine
1 bottle sparkling white wine, cold
1/4 cup brandy
ice cubes

Method: Wash, hull and halve strawberries. Place in punch bowl with sugar and white wine. Leave several hours. Add brandy, ice cubes and then sparkling wine just before serving.

Source: contributed by J. Fox in The Princess Royal Cookbook compiled by a sub-committee of The Muscular Dystrophy Association of South Australia (Kent Town: Peacock Publications, 1984 reprint of 1981 first edition; ISBN 0909209502), p.104.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Chilled Xmas Pudding

1&1/2 lb mixed fruit
3/4 lb sweet biscuit crumbs
1 tspn spice
1/2 tspn ground ginger
1/2 lb butter
1/2 tspn cinnamon
1/4 cup sherry
1/2 lb marshmallows
1/4 cup orange juice

Method: Chop all fruits finely and add to biscuit crumbs and spices. Melt butter and marshmallows over boiling water and add to mixture with orange juice and sherry. Mix well. Press into greased pudding basin. Chill. Serve with icecream.

Source: contributed by E. Randle in S.C.N.H. [Southern Cross Nursing Homes] 1st Floor Cook Book No. 2 (?North Plympton; n.d.), p.135.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

War-time Plum Pudding

Half oz. flour, 6 ozs raisins, 6 ozs currants, 4 ozs suet, 4 ozs brown sugar, 4 ozs mashed carrot, 4 ozs mashed potatoes, 1 tablespoon treacle, 1 oz. lemon peel, 1 oz. citron peel. Boil as usual for a pudding of this size.

Source: contributed by Mrs. J. S. Pearce, Kapunda in The Barossa Cookery Book: 1000 Selected Recipes from a District Celebrated Throughout Australia for the Excellence of its Cookery. Every Recipe of Proved Merit and Signed as such by the Donors (33rd edition, 2006), p.42.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


1 bottle Marsala, 3 bottles Leed Lemonade, 1 punnet strawberries. Serves 20.

Source: Centenary Cook Book 1878-1978 by St. Paul's Lutheran Women, Yorketown (Yorketown, [1978]), p.113.

Monday, December 8, 2014

No Pastry Quiche

5 eggs
1/2 cup plain flour
4 tsp butter/margarine
1&3/4 cups milk
4 rashers bacon
Salt & pepper
Chopped onion, capsicum, herbs, spinach, tomato etc

Method: Mix all ingredients together and pour into a well greased dish.
Allow to sit while you prepare the fillings (this lets the flour sink to the bottom).
Add your favourite fillings into the mix (slices of tomato on top look good as well as taste good).
Bake in a moderate oven for 45-60 minutes.
Great hot or cold!

Source: Recommended by S. Aldridge in The Wentworth Private Residential Care Cookbook (Aberfoyle Park [Adelaide], ?2008), p.11

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Cream Cake

4 Eggs
1 cp. Sugar
2 cps. S. R. Flour
1 cp. Cream
Vanilla essence

Method: Beat all ingredients together for 5 minutes. Pour into greased cake tin and bake in moderate oven for 30 minutes.

Source: contributed by Mrs. D. Dempsey (Auburn) in The Lunchbox: A Selection of Tried Recipes (Clare, S.A.: The Bihar Mission Auxiliary; 1975 [Second Edition]), p.31.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Tomato and Cheese Patties

2 lb old Potatoes
1/2 oz Margarine
2 tbspns Parsley
Salt and Pepper
4 small firm Tomatoes
4 oz Mozarella [sic] Cheese
2 Eggs

Method: Cook potatoes and mash well with butter, parsley, salt and pepper. Slice 16 slices tomato, sprinkle with salt and pepper, slice 8 slices cheese. Place 1 slice cheese between 2 slices tomato. Shape warm potato around to seal tomato and cheese and shape into patties. Coat lightly with flour, dip into lightly beaten eggs and coat with breadcrumbs. Heat oil in pan and cook till golden brown.

Source: Oodnadatta Cookbook (Oodnadatta: 1986), p.29.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Crab Dip

1 tin crab meat drained
2 hard boiled eggs chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise (condensed milk type)
1 tsp mustard
1 tsp margarine
1 dsp chopped chives

Method: Mix all ingredients together.

Source: contributed by Henley/Grange Club in A Legacy of Recipes (Adelaide: Legacy Club of Adelaide, 1991), p.39

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Peach Cakes

4 oz. Butter
4 oz. Sugar
2 Eggs
pinch Salt
6 oz. S. R. Flour
2 tbsp. Milk
Vanilla essence

Method: Cream butter and sugar, add beaten eggs gradually and beat well. Add sifted flour alternately with the milk and essence. Two-thirds fill cold, greased gem irons with the mixture. Bake for 12 minutes, remove from irons and when quite cold scoop out centres. Fill with mock or real cream and press together to form a peach. Using a soft pastry brush, paint lightly with pink colouring diluted with water or prepared syrup, then roll in castor sugar. To make the syrup, boil 2 tablespoons sugar and one tablespoon water until thick. If you prefer, you can substitute jelly crystals for castor sugar.

Source: contributed by Mrs. D. Horgan (Clare) in The Lunchbox: A Selection of Tried Recipes (Clare, S.A.: The Bihar Mission Auxiliary; 1975 [Second Edition]), p.43f.

Note: 'gem scone iron' - see, e.g., here.

A few years ago, the local paper had a C.W.A. recipe for 'peaches' with a photo: 

Recently I saw some in a café in Brisbane's Southbank, but sadly didn't have time to stop and try one (the menu tells me it is an 'Italian Peach': "sugar dusted sponge soaked in Galliano with a custard centre" [image]). 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Green Peppercorn Steaks

2 Fillet steaks
2 oz Margarine
1 tbspn Flour
1 Beef stock cube
2 tbspns Cream
1 tspn green Peppercorns
2 Shallots
1 cup Water
1 tspn French Mustard
Salt and Pepper

Method: Using a small, sharp knife, cut a small pocket along the centre edge of each steak, fill each with 1/2 tspn of green peppercorns - secure openings with 1 or 2 matchsticks. Heat butter in pan, add steaks and cook till brown and cooked on both sides. Remove steak from pan, keep warm while preparing sauce. Add chopped shallots to pan drippings, cook for 1 or 2 minutes. Gradually add water, add crumbled stock cube, stir till sauce boils and thickens slightly. Add cream, mustard, salt and pepper. Spoon sauce over steaks. Serves 2.

Source: Oodnadatta Cookbook (Oodnadatta: 1986), p.24.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


2 cups Plain Flour
2 Eggs
1/2 tspn Salt
8 slices Bread - cut into cubes, no crusts
Cold Water

Method: Boil water and salt in large saucepan, add beaten eggs to the flour, add salt. Add water and mix into a dough. Add the bread cubes, mix and form in a football shape. Coat with extra flour and add to the boiling water. Cook 1/2 hour. Cut into slices 1cm thick and serve as accompaniment to roast chicken or duck, braised steak or boiled smoked pork.

Source: Oodnadatta Cookbook (Oodnadatta: 1986), p.31.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Beef and Peach Special

1 lb sliced beef
1 sliced onion
1 egg
2 tbspns rolled oats
1 cup cooked rice
cooked peas
fried preserved peaches
grated cheese

Method: Place in casserole beef, onion, rolled oats, egg, peas. Cover with sliced tomato, rice and cheese. When cooked, place halved fried peaches, filled with mushrooms, on top. Brown slightly.

Source: Contributed by Mrs. R. W. Warhurst in Food for Thought. Favourite Recipes Specially Contributed By 222 Adelaide Hostesses to Aid the S.A. Association for Mental Health (Adelaide; n.d. [late 1960s?]), p.67.

2008: celebrating a blogging anniversary by revisiting some classics.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Call It What You Like

1 packet (small) marshmallows
Pineapple pieces
1 packet glace cherries

Method: Mix all in whipped cream and sprinkle with coconut. Chill before serving.

Source: Memory Lane Cookbook (Rotary Club of Naracoorte, 1986), p.73.

2008: celebrating a blogging anniversary by revisiting some classics.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mock Turkey (Made with Tomato Soup)

1 onion
1 tsp butter
little water
1/2 tin tomato soup
1/2 tsp mixed herbs
2 eggs
2-3 oz grated cheese

Method: Place in frypan, onion chopped small, butter and a little water. Boil till tender. Add tomato soup, mixed herbs, salt and pepper. Add the slightly beaten eggs and grated cheese. Do not boil after the last two ingredients are added - just thicken. Add extra cheese for a thicker spread.

Source: contributed by L. Christophersen in Booleroo Centre Primary School 1885-1985 Centenary Recipe Book (revised edition 1985 of 1970 edition), p.16.

2008: celebrating a blogging anniversary by revisiting some classics.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sultanas in Green Lime Jelly

1/2 lb. sultana grapes (large)
1 pkt. green lime jelly
2-3 tablespoons crème de menthe
1 bottle dry ginger ale (1 pint)

Method: Make up jelly using 1/2 pint hot ginger ale, then add other 1/2 pint cold. As jelly sets, add grapes. Top with whipped cream and serve with icecream.

Source: contributed by Mrs. L. Bungay in Look and Cook: 1st/3rd Glenelg Scout and Cub Group (Adelaide: 1971), p.35.

[The fate of the crème de menthe is unknown. Did the cook drink it?]

2009: celebrating a blogging anniversary by revisiting some classics.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Souper Souffle

1 can cream of celery, asparagus or mushroom soup
125g (4 oz) cheddar cheese, shredded
6 eggs, separated

Method: Combine undiluted soup and cheese in saucepan. Heat slowly stirring, until cheese is melted. Cool to room temperature. In large bowl, beat egg whites to soft peaks with electric mixer. In separate bowl, beat yolks until very thick, about 5 minutes. Gradually stir soup mixture into yolks, then fold into whites until no streaks remain. Pour into ungreased 8-cup soufflé dish or casserole. Bake in slow oven until well-risen, golden and fairly firm, about 1 hour. Serve at once. Serves 6.

Source: Memory Lane Cookbook (Rotary Club of Naracoorte, 1986), p.18.

2008: celebrating a blogging anniversary by revisiting some classics.