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.