Monday, April 28, 2014

Tuna Exotic with Ginger Rice

1 large can tuna, 1 tbsn oil, 1 green pepper sliced, 1 cup chopped celery, 1 cup sliced beans, 1 onion sliced, 1 cup crushed pineapple, 3/4 cup chicken stock, 1 dspn soy sauce, salt and pepper, 1 tbspn cornflour.

Method: Heat oil in pan, saute onion, pepper, celery and beans 5 mins. Add pineapple, stock, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 5 mins. Add drained tuna liquid. Thicken with cornflour, add tuna and reheat carefully. Serve with hot ginger rice.

Ginger Rice: - 3 cups hot cooked rice with 1 tspn ground ginger added.

Source: contributed by R. Thorp in Centenary Cook Book 1878-1978 by St. Paul's Lutheran Women, Yorketown (Yorketown, [1978]), p.22.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Muesli Anzacs

500g pkt toasted muesli, 2 cups coconut, 4 cups sugar, 4 cups plain flour, 8 oz marg, 1 cup boiling water, 1/2 cup golden syrup, 3 tspn carb soda.

Method: Place muesli, coconut, sugar and sifted flour into large bowl mix well. Place butter and golden syrup into pan stir over heat until butter is melted. Add carb soda to boiling water, mix quickly. Add water and butter mixtures to dry mixture. Mix well, place tspnfuls of mixture on to greased oven tray, allow room for spreading. Bake moderate oven 8-10 mins or until golden. Cool slightly before removing from trays.

Source: contributed by K. Loechel in Centenary Cook Book 1878-1978 by St. Paul's Lutheran Women, Yorketown (Yorketown, [1978]), p.80.

Note: The Old Foodie has a nice piece on the history of the Anzac biscuit.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rabbit Mould

1 Rabbit
2 dsspns Gelatine
2 cups Water
1 Onion
Salt and Pepper

Method: Soak rabbit in salted water for 1 hour. Divide into joints and place in saucepan with water, pepper and salt, sliced onion, and cook until tender. Remove bones, cut meat into small pieces and arrange in mould or basin. Dissolve gelatine in hot stock and pour over rabbit. Place in refrigerator until set.

Source: Oodnadatta Cookbook (Oodnadatta: 1986), p.131.

And, from the archives:

Rabbit in Apricot Nectar

1 Rabbit
1 tin Apricot Nectar
1 pkt French Onion Soup

Method: Soak rabbit in salted water for 1 hour. Place in casserole dish, sprinkle with soup mix and add apricot nectar. Cook in moderate oven till rabbit is tender, approximately 2 hours.

Source: Oodnadatta Cookbook (Oodnadatta: 1986), p. 159 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Eggless Cake (Good for shearing)

2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 cup currants
2 cups plain flour
1.1/2 cups SR flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1 dessertspoon golden syrup
1/2 lb. butter
1 cup raisins
1 cup nuts (optional)
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
a little salt
1 tablespoon vinegar may be added

Method: Cook in a saucepan for 5 minutes, water, sugar, butter, fruit, cool a little and [sic = add?] flour etc. Mix well. Put in 2 x 7" round cake tins. Bake one hour.

Source: Memory Lane Cookbook (Rotary Club of Naracoorte, 1986), p. 89.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Curnamona Curried Mock Chicken

3 level dessertspoons curry
2 pkts cream of chicken soup
1 dessertspoon sugar
2 heaped tablespoons cornflour

Method: Boil 3 rabbits until meat nearly leaves the bone. Pull apart into bite size pieces.

Curried Sauce: Slowly add 3 pints water to sauce ingredients. Simmer 20 minutes. Add rabbit pieces. Half an hour before serving, boil sliced cauliflower, cabbage, celery, onion and capsicum till just tender. Strain and mix into rabbit sauce.

To serve: boil 3 cups rice, pile in large ovenproof dish. Pour curried mixture over and serve while still steaming hot.

Source: Memory Lane Cookbook (Rotary Club of Naracoorte, 1986), p. 53.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ayr Melon

Carefully peel a cantaloupe or rock melon. Cut off the top and scoop out the seeds. Fill the cavity with a raspberry jelly and replace the top. When the jelly has set, coat the whole melon with fresh cream cheese forked up to look like frosted icing - add whipped cream to make the cheese softer and easier to spread. Slice to serve.

Source: Recipes tested by time... Centenary Cookery Book from 1840 (The Historical Society of Woodville, 1980), p.42.


Edit 27/4/2014: I made this, but decided to go for more colour than white frosting. So, giant melon mock strawberry!

Friday, April 4, 2014


1 cup sugar
3/4 tbspn mustard
1 egg
1 tbspn flour
1 tspn salt

Method: Mix in a saucepan. Heat whilst you add 1.1/2 cups milk and mix. Add 1 cup white vinegar gradually while stirring. Stir till thickens. Add a nut of butter.

Source: contributed by D. Voigt in Lutheran Jubilee 150 Cook Book 1838-1988 Vol 2 by St. Paul's Congregation, Yorketown (1988), p.19.