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.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fish Finger Salad

1 pkt fish fingers (fried). Place lettuce leaves on a plate. Mix some cooked rice, sweetcorn kernels & peas; add some mayonnaise. Put on to lettuce leaves, then cover with fish fingers, pineapple rings, & tomato slices.

Source: Well Tried Barossa Recipes (St John's Lutheran Ladies Guild, Tanunda; reprint 2000 of 2nd edition 1975 [1st edn 1974]), p.20.

2008: celebrating a blogging anniversary by revisiting some classics.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Mock Tripe

Cut up 1 or 2 mutton flaps into tiny squares, barely cover with water, sprinkle with salt and pepper and simmer until quite tender (there will be very little liquid left). Put aside till cool, when fat sets, skim and return to stove. Now add 1 pint milk, 3 sliced onions, and cook gently till onions are tender. Thicken with flour and milk, add a handful of chopped parsley and serve hot.

Source: contributed by Mrs Edwin Kleemann, Tanunda 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.22.

From 2008: celebrating seven years of blogging by revisiting some classics. And this is my 600th post. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tropical Tuna Casserole

1 large can Tuna drained
3 Tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 large can Cream of Chicken or Celery Soup
1 medium can Crushed Pineapple, drained
1 small can Mushrooms
1 cup crushed Potato Chips
1 cup frozen Peas
250 gm grated Cheese

Method: Combine tuna with pineapple, soup, peas, tomatoes and mushrooms in saucepan. Cook over low heat until mixture boils, stirring occasionally. Spoon into casserole dish and top with the combined cheese and potato chips. Bake in moderate oven 180 degrees Celsius for 20-25 minutes. Serve hot.

Source: contributed by P.M.Howell in Flinders Favourites: Hawker Centenary Recipe Book (6th edition, 1996).

From 2008: celebrating a blogging anniversary by revisiting some classics.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Unusual Coleslaw

October will herald Unusual Coleslaw's seventh year of blogging, so I think it is time to dig into the archives in search of a month or so of memorable posts. Where it all began:

Unusual Coleslaw

1 cabbage
3 carrots
2 capsicums
3 onions
4 celery sticks
1 cup sugar
1 cup vinegar
3/4 cup salad oil
1 tspn salt
1 tspn mustard
1 tspn celery seed

Method: Shred cabbage finely, grate carrot. Dice remaining vegetables finely. Place together in large bowl. Sprinkle 1 cup sugar over vegetables. Boil together salad oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and celery seed. Pour over vegetables. DO NOT STIR. Cool. Cover bowl with a lid and leave in fridge for 24 hours. Mix and pour off excess liquid before serving.

Source: Oodnadatta Cookbook (1986), p.11.


Edit 28/9/2014: Anne of the wonderful Queensland blog Pineapple Princesses (two pineapple enthusiasts who are brave enough to cook and eat their vintage recipes) has made 'Unusual Coleslaw' (and made Unusual Coleslaw's day!) and here it is. Anne tells me it is delicious:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


1/2 kg Mince
1 small cup Milk
Pepper & Salt
1 pkt Chicken Noodle Soup or 1 pkt French Onion Soup
Dessert Spoon Soya Sauce
2 cups Flour
1 small cup Water
Finely Chopped Onion
2 Eggs Beaten

Method: Combine ingredients and drop on hot plate. (Mushy mixture.)

Source: contributed by J. McIntyre in Cookbook: St Joseph's School, Clare (Clare: St Joseph's School, 1991), p.18.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Bacon Savouries

2 rashers bacon, finely chopped
2 stuffed olives
1 tbs canned capsicum
3 spring onions, chopped
14 slices of bread
1 cup tasty cheese, grated
2 tbs mayonnaise
1 tbs chopped parsley
1/4 tsp curry
30g melted butter

Method: Cook bacon until crisp then drain. Mix bacon, cheese, olives, mayonnaise, capsicum, parsley, onions and curry. Mix well. Remove crusts from bread. Flatten bread with rolling pin. Spread mixture on bread and roll up and secure with a toothpick. Cut bread in half. Brush with butter. Bake in oven at 180° for 10 minutes. Serve hot.

To freeze: Pack in airtight container for up to two months.

To reheat, place on greased tray and bake in slow oven for 20 minutes.

Source: The Wentworth Private Residential Care Cookbook (Aberfoyle Park [Adelaide], ?2008), p.9

Monday, September 8, 2014


1Kg. Minced Meat
3 & 1/2 cups cold water
2 packets Chicken Noodle soup
1 cup rice
Onion finely chopped

Method: Mix together and put into a large casserole. Bake 2-2.1/2 hours 120C (250F).

Source: contributed by M. Kitschke in Gulnare Gourmets (Adelaide: Gulnare Primary School Welfare Club, 1984 [2nd edition]), p.35.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Souffled Salmon Pots

1 220 g can pink salmon, drained and flaked
1 310 g can asparagus cuts, drained, juice reserved
1/4 cup cornflour
3 eggs, separated
1 250 g packet Australian non-fat continental style cottage cheese
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/4 teaspoon ground rosemary
1 teaspoon salt

Method: Combine flaked salmon and asparagus together. Season well with salt and pepper. Place in the base of individual oven-proof souffle pots or ramekins. Add sufficient water to asparagus juice to make up one cup of liquid. Gradually blend with cornflour. Place in a saucepan and stir over heat until simmering. Cook gently for 3 minutes. Cool. Beat cottage cheese, egg yolks and seasonings together until smooth. Blend in sauce. Beat egg whites in a clean dry bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold gently into cheese mixture. Carefully spoon over salmon and asparagus. Arrange pots on a baking tray. Bake at 180C for 45-50 minutes or till puffed and slightly brown on top. Serve with crisp tossed salad as a light nourishing luncheon or alternatively as a supper idea. Serves 6.

Source: Royal Adelaide Hospital Cookery Book: Our Favourite Recipes (Adelaide: 1981, 1st edition), p.32.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

English Fillet Mornay

1 lb English fillet
few chopped chives
2 hard boiled eggs
2 teaspoons plain cashew nuts

Method: Slightly cook fillet and break into pieces, cut eggs in chunks, halve the cashew nuts, add chives.

1/4 lb eating margarine
dash cayenne pepper
1/2 pint milk

Put margarine and milk and pepper into saucepan - when milk warm, add 1 flat tablespoon cornflour mixed with a little cold milk to make a thin paste - stirring all the time. Then pour over the fish etc working it in thoroughly. Transfer to a casserole dish. Top mornay with breadcrumbs and grated mild cheese. Reheat when needed. Serves 4-6.

Source: contributed by C. Anderson in Royal Adelaide Hospital Cookery Book: Our Favourite Recipes (Adelaide: 1981, 1st edition), p.33.

Note: "English fillet" is classified by the Macquarie Dictionary Australian Word Map as "regional Australian English" found in the regions of Eyre and Yorke Peninsula and Adelaide (South Australia), the Wimmera and Mallee (Victoria) and Perth (Western Australia). It is smoked cod