Sunday, December 31, 2017

Punch (Cold)

One bottle rum, 1 bottle champagne, 2 glasses curacoa [sic], 1/2 lb. pounded sugar, 1 large lemon, 1 pint iced water.

Method: Put sugar into bowl with water, into which slice lemon. When sugar has dissolved add spirit, liqueur and water and chill. Just before serving add the champagne previously iced.

Source: contributed by Mrs. T. Brown in "The Miss Australia" Exclusive Recipe Book in aid of R.S.L. and Kindergarten Union (Adelaide, 1947; n.p.)

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Piquant Ham Balls

2 cups minced ham or cooked pickled pork
1 cup finely crushed pretzels or cracker biscuits
6 oz. cream cheese spread at room temperature
1 dessertspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon made mustard
Dash of black pepper
Cream or top of milk as required
2 or 3 tablespoons chopped chives (for rolling the mixture in)

Method: Combined thoroughly the cream cheese and ham then mix in the other ingredients until consistency is suitable for shaping. Form into balls about the size of a small walnut, roll in the chives, set out on trays covered with greaseproof paper and chill thoroughly before serving. Delicious with pre-party drinks.

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

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Festive Pork Chops

4 pork chops (1/2 in. thick)
1&1/2 cups apple juice
1&1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
6 prunes (pitted)
8 dried apricot halves
2 tablespoons cornflour
4 tablespoons water

Method: Trim fat from chops, heat trimmings in pan, remove trimmings. Slowly brown pork chops on both sides in the hot fat. Combine apple juice with sugar, salt and curry powder; pour over chops. Place dried fruit on top of chops. Cover; cook over low heat about 1/2 hour or until chops are thoroughly cooked and tender. Remove meat and fruit to a warm serving dish. Blend cornflour with water, stir into pan juices. Cook and stir until mixture thickens. Serve with pork chops and fruit.

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

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Banana Plum Pudding

2 large cups breadcrumbs
2 large cups mixed fruit
2 medium bananas
small cup sugar
1 teaspoon carbonate soda
1 small cup milk

Method: Mash bananas and mix with fruit and crumbs. Dissolve soda in milk and mix all well together. Steam 2&1/2 hours and serve with custard sauce.

Source: Memory Lane Cookbook (Rotary Club of Naracoorte; 1986), p.70.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas Cheesecake

250g mixed dried and glace fruits
3T dry sherry
90g chopped almonds
Grated rind of 1 lemon
400g cottage cheese
125g cream cheese
1/2c castor sugar
3/4c cream (whipped)
2t gelatine
3T lemon juice

Method: Line a 15cm x 27cm lamington tin with alfoil and grease. Chop mixed fruit finely, add almonds and lemon rind and set aside. Beat cheeses in a blender with sherry and sugar. Fold in thickly whipped cream and fruit and nut mixture. Sprinkle gelatine over lemon juice and dissolve over hot water. Cool and stir into cheese mixture. Spoon mixture into prepared tin, cover and refrigerate overnight. Invert onto a serving plate and decorate.

Source: Festive Fair: Christmas Menus (Adelaide: South Australian Gas Company, 'From the Home Service Department'; n.d. [early 1980s?]), pp.26-7.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Festive Dip

Method: Blend 8 oz cream cheese with 3 dspns lemon juice. Add one (or more) can sardines, mashed; 6 sweet gherkins, chopped; minced onion, salt to taste.

Source: Well Tried Barossa Recipes (Tanunda: St John's Lutheran Ladies Guild; reprint 2000 of 2nd edition 1975 [1st edn 1974]), p.3.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Pineapple Glazed Mock Ham

1 x 1.5 kg lightly pumped leg of lamb
2 tab[l]espoons brown sugar
1/2 cup pineapple juice

Method: (1) Place lamb fat side down in pyrex baking dish and cover with paper towelling. (2) Microwave on FULL POWER 10 minutes. (3) Reduce to ROAST and continue cooking 10 minutes per 500g turning over (top to bottom) halfway during cooking. (4) Remove paper towelling, drain away juice and fat and sprinkle with brown sugar. (5) Return to microwave on FULL POWER for 4 minutes. Pour pineapple juice over lamb and continue cooking on ROAST a further 10 minutes. Baste with juiced [sic] during cooking. (6) Remove from oven, wrap in aluminium foil and allow to cool. (7) Chill overnight and serve cold with salads.

Source: The Adelaide Children's Hospital Recipe Book 1979 (Adelaide: 1979), p.29.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Plum Pudding for Christmas (Eggless)

2 cups plain flour
1 cup raisins
2 cups boiling water
piece of butter the size of an egg
dash of brandy (to own taste) (optional)
1 cup sugar
1 cup currants
1 tspn. carb. soda
almonds/walnuts to taste (optional)

Method: Pour one cup of boiling water onto the butter and one cup of boiling water onto the soda. Mix well all the ingredients and steam for 3 hours or boil in a cloth for 2 hours. This is a thin mixture. (It can successfully be halved, and will serve 4 generously).

Source: Mantle of Safety Cookbook 2 (The Port Augusta Women's Air Branch Auxillary of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, c1987), p.118.