Sunday, February 28, 2021

Macaroni and Tomatoes

Place a layer of well boiled macaroni in a buttered pie dish, then a layer of sliced tomatoes, pepper, and salt; next more macaroni. Cover with a white sauce, on to which sift a little grated cheese, add a few bits of butter and brown in a quick oven.

Source: A Small Collection of Plain Cookery Recipes, for Household Use. Compiled by Annie Bishop, Demonstrator for S.A. Gas Coy. (Adelaide: J. H. Sherring & Co., Leigh Street, 1911), p.19.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Mushroom Soup, Easy

Serves 2

450 g can mushroom soup
25 g butter
125 g mushrooms
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup apera (sherry)
Pepper and salt to taste

Method: Melt the butter in a large saucepan and sauté chopped mushrooms on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add can of mushroom soup, stir in milk and water until hot, but not boiling. Stir in sherry, pepper and salt if needed. Serve in hot bowls.

Source: contributed by Dianne Gray in A Dash of QAC: A Sprinkle of Sweet and Savoury from our Members (Adelaide: Queen Adelaide Club, 2020), p.125.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

A Delicious Pudding

2 cups hot Water
3 tablespns. Cornflour
1 cup Sugar
Juice of a Lemon
3 whites of Egg
Pinch of Salt

Method: Mix the cornflour with a little cold water, pour on the hot water, add sugar and lemon juice; boil the whole for a few minutes. Beat the whites of 3 eggs to a stiff froth, add to this the hot cornflour by spoonfuls, the whole beaten together. Turn into a mould, when cold turn out. The yolks of egg used for a custard with 1/2 pint of milk, and poured round the mould.

Source: A Small Collection of Plain Cookery Recipes, for Household Use. Compiled by Annie Bishop, Demonstrator for S.A. Gas Coy. (Adelaide: J. H. Sherring & Co., Leigh Street, 1911), p.25.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Brazilian Stew

Take 2 lbs. of shin-of-beef, cut into small pieces, dip in vinegar and place in a stew jar without water, add an onion stuck with cloves. Place in a moderate oven and stew gently 4 hours. Flavor with pepper and salt.

Source: A Small Collection of Plain Cookery Recipes, for Household Use. Compiled by Annie Bishop, Demonstrator for S.A. Gas Coy. (Adelaide: J. H. Sherring & Co., Leigh Street, 1911), p.14.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Kangaroo Kokonut

Take a fresh coconut and remove the outer shell from the flesh. Cut the coconut into small bite size squares and gently fry in butter for about 20 minutes. Serve warm with pre dinner drinks.

Source: A Dash of QAC: A Sprinkle of Sweet and Savoury from our Members (Adelaide: Queen Adelaide Club, 2020), p.46.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Fish with Oyster Sauce

Small tin oyster soup or part of large one
Thick fillets of snapper or South Australian whiting
Half cup of milk
1 dessertspoon anchovy sauce 
Wineglass of dry sherry
2 tablespoons butter
2 ozs. or less of extra butter
Grated Parmesan cheese

Method: Grease Pyrox [sic] dish and lay fish fillets therein. Pour over wine. Mix other ingredients and pour over. Cover top with cheese. Cover with alfoil. Bake in over [sic] 35 to 40 minutes.

Source: Memory Lane Cookbook (Rotary Club of Naracoorte, 1986), p.29.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Tomato on Toast

1 ripe Tomato
1 oz. Ham 
1 Egg
Seasoning
1 oz. Butter 

Method: Peel and mince the tomato, onion [sic], and ham. Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the chopped tomato, onion, and ham, then the beaten egg. Stir till it thickens; serve on hot buttered toast.

Source: A Small Collection of Plain Cookery Recipes, for Household Use. Compiled by Annie Bishop, Demonstrator for S.A. Gas Coy. (Adelaide: J. H. Sherring & Co., Leigh Street, 1911), p.19.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Apple Porcupine

Pare and core 7 large apples. Make a syrup by boiling sugar and water in equal parts, put apples in directly they are peeled; cook until easily pierced by a straw. Take out the apples and place on a dish, pyramid shape; cover with meringue made of white of egg and sugar, ornament with blanched and shredded almonds, colour light brown in cool oven.

Source: A Small Collection of Plain Cookery Recipes, for Household Use. Compiled by Annie Bishop, Demonstrator for S.A. Gas Coy. (Adelaide: J. H. Sherring & Co., Leigh Street, 1911), p.26.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Gateau of Meat

1 lb. lean Beef
1/2 lb. Bacon
2 Eggs
6 oz. Bread Crumbs
Spice. Nutmeg.
Pepper. Salt.

Method: Mince beef and bacon, mix with the other ingredients, add a little stock if necessary, place in a greased basin, boil gently 3 hours. To be eaten cold.

Source: A Small Collection of Plain Cookery Recipes, for Household Use. Compiled by Annie Bishop, Demonstrator for S.A. Gas Coy. (Adelaide: J. H. Sherring & Co., Leigh Street, 1911), p.14.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Tuna Dip (For Emergencies)

Great for grandchildren

Serves 4

185 g tin good quality tuna in olive oil
Olive oil, good quality
Chives or finely chopped cherry tomato to garnish (optional)

Method: Drain oil from tuna and place tuna in food processor. Blitz briefly. With motor running, drizzle in olive oil until mixture forms a soft spreadable paste. Put mixture in serving bowl and garnish. Serve with toast fingers or crackers.

Tip: Can also add chopped capers, lemon juice or Philadelphia light cream cheese, but it really doesn't need it.

Source: contributed by Jen Tolley in A Dash of QAC: A Sprinkle of Sweet and Savoury from our Members (Adelaide: Queen Adelaide Club, 2020), p.141.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Puftaloons

2 cups SR flour
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
2 to 3 tablespoons oil or dripping
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
Jam, honey or bacon for serving

Method: Combine flour and salt. Rub in butter with fingertips until crumbly. Add milk, mixing to a soft dough. Turn out on to lightly floured surface and knead gently until smooth. Roll out to 2 cm (3/4in) thickness; cut into rounds with a 6 cm (2&1/2in) scone cutter. Heat oil in large frying pan; add scones and gently fry until brown and puffed, turning once, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot with accompaniments of your choice. Makes 8.

Source: Memory Lane Cookbook (Rotary Club of Naracoorte, 1986), p.118.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Vegetable Mornay

1 pt mornay sauce, 6 shallots, salt & pepper, 1 cup macaroni, 2 tspns curry powder, 2 oz cheese, 1 lb frozen mixed vegetables, 2 tspns curry powder (extra). 

Method: Cook macaroni in boiling salt-water until tender for about 10 mins. Drain. Place frozen vegetables in boiling salt-water; simmer for 5 mins. Drain well. Combine macaroni, vegetables, chopped shallots & curry powder with mornay sauce. Season with salt & pepper. Spoon into greased ovenproof dish, top with grated cheese, sprinkle over with extra curry powder, & bake in moderate oven 25-30 mins. Serves 4 to 6.

Source: [Two Hundred] Well Tried Barossa Recipes: St John's Lutheran Ladies Guild, Tanunda (New Edition, March 1975 [1st = October 1974],  p.11.

Friday, January 8, 2021

German Cheese

1lb cottage cheese
dob of butter
1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 teaspoon bi-carb soda
1/3 teaspoon salt

Method: Mix cheese and bi-carb soda and put in a pyrex dish and put in a slow oven at 200°C for 2 hours. About 3/4 hour before done, add butter, salt and caraway seeds. When done, place in cheese glass and stir until cool. Serve on crusty bread.

Source: Cooking Barossa Style by the Ebenezer Community Centre (2000) p.26.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Meatballs in Heavenly Sauce

1 lb. minced meat 
1 dessertspoon cornflour
1 small chopped onion
2 small green capsicums
1 dessertspoon soy sauce
1&1/2 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 cup pineapple pieces
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 dessertspoon oil
1 cup pineapple syrup
1 dessertspoon cornflour
3 tablespoons water
1/4 cup sugar

Method: Mix together meat, 1 dessertspoon cornflour, salt, pepper and onion. Stir in the beaten egg. Form into small balls and fry in a little oil until brown all over. Drain. Cut the capsicums into strips, put into a little water and bring slowly to the boil. Boil 2 minutes. Mix together with the remaining dessertspoon cornflour, soy sauce, vinegar, water and sugar. Add to pan and cook, stirring until thickened. Add meat balls, capsicums, and pineapple pieces, cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Serve with rice or boiled noodles.

Source: Memory Lane Cookbook (Rotary Club of Naracoorte, 1986), p.48.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Watermelon Punch

1 medium watermelon
1 cup white wine
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup sherry
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 table spoon sugar
crushed ice, lemon slices, mint leaves

Method: Cut a 5cm slice off the top of the watermelon. Scoop out about half the flesh using a melon baller. Reserve. Scoop out the remaining flesh, remove seeds and discard. Soak flesh in wine for 30 minutes. In the bowl of an electric food processor combined watermelon flesh, pineapple juice, sherry, lemon juice & sugar, process until smooth. Chill until ready to serve. Pour into watermelon shell, add ice & reserved melon balls. Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves.

Source: American River C.W.A. Recipes for Christmas and Special Occasions (1998), p.9.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Potato & Ham Cake

This dish is ideal to make when ham on the bone is coming to an end.

1kg Potatoes
25g butter or margarine
1 small onion or shallot
250g cooked ham 
milk
pepper & salt to taste
dried bread crumbs

Method: Mince or cut ham very finely. Slice potatoes very thin. Saute the onion in the butter until golden in colour. In an oven-proof dish, layer potato & ham, adding pepper & salt to taste (beginning & ending with a potato layer).

Pour the milk over the layers, finishing by sprinkling the breadcrumbs on top. Drizzle the butter used for frying onions over breadcrumbs. Bake in medium hot oven until crust is golden brown & potatoes tender.

Source: 'Christmas Leftovers' in American River C.W.A. Recipes for Christmas and Special Occasions (1998), p.95.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

A Scripture Christmas Cake. How to make a Novel Tea Dainty from Biblical Ingredients.

Four cupfuls and a half, I. Kings iv. 22; half a pound, Judges v. 25; two cupfuls, Jeremiah vi. 20; two cupfuls, Nahum iii. 12; two cupfuls, I. Samuel xxx. 12; two cupfuls, Numbers, xvii. 8; two teaspoonfuls, I. Samuel xiv, 25; to taste, II. Chronicles ix. 9; six, Jeremiah xvii. 11; one cupful and a half, Judges iv. 19; two teaspoonfuls, Amos iv. 5; one pinch, Leviticus ii. 13. Directions, Proverbs xxiii. 14. Bake one and a half to two hours. Baking powder can be used instead of yeast. 

Source: Ideal Recipe Book for use of Currants, Raisins, Sultanas and Grapes. Also Recipes for Refreshing Fruit Beverages and Party Drinks. Issued by Woman's Christian Temperance Union of South Australia. Fifth Edition (Adelaide: n.d. [?after 1933]), p.9.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Colonial 'Goose'

1 leg lamb
1 onion
2 cups breadcrumbs
1 egg
1 apple
salt
pepper
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons butter
1 tablespoon dried mixed herbs

Method: Carefully remove the bone from the meat by cutting around it so you have a hole through the centre of the leg. (Be smart and see if you can get the butcher to do it!). Beat the egg lightly in a small bowl. Chop the onion finely. Stir the herbs, nutmeg, salt and pepper and onion into the breadcrumbs. Grate the apple. Melt the butter in cup in the microwave. Add butter, egg and apple into the breadcrumb mix and form into a soft dough. Fill the centre hole of the leg with the stuffing and close the ends with a skewer. Insert 'goose' into a roasting bag and place in a roasting dish. Cook half an hour for every 500 grams and add 20 minutes. Oven at 180C.
Remove from oven and allow to 'rest' 5 minutes before carving. 
Serve with vegetables, gravy and mint sauce or crab apple jelly. 
Leftovers are a tasty cold serve, next day.

For a warming winter soup, boil the bone in water or stock with diced soup vegetables, diced apple, salt and pepper. Add pearl barley or rice if liked.

Source: contributed by Rosalie Smith (Maitland) in An Apple a Day. Members Recipes. (Adelaide: The South Australian Country Women's Association Inc., 2018). p.15.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Cranberry and Apple Chutney

500 gm Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, chopped
2 cm piece root ginger, peeled, grated finely
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped fine
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup water
150 gms craisins/dried cranberries

Method: Heat oil in saucepan. Add onion and ginger. Cook 5-6 minutes stirring occasionally until onion is clear. Add apple, spice, cranberry juice and half the craisins/dried cranberries. Cook at medium heat, covered, 10-15 minutes until apple is soft. Add remaining craisins/dried cranberries. Cook covered for a further 5-10 minutes or until mixture thickens. Spoon into a clean jar and seal. Serve with roast pork, chicken or turkey, or in a ham, chicken or turkey sandwich.

Source: contributed by Rosalie Smith (Maitland) in An Apple a Day. Members Recipes. (Adelaide: The South Australian Country Women's Association Inc., 2018). p.79.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Bottled Christmas Pudding

1 lb. butter, 1 lb. dark sugar, 1&1/2 lbs. sultanas, 1&1/2 lbs. seeded raisins, 1/2 lb. mixed peel, 4 oz. almonds, 14 oz. breadcrumbs, 10 oz. plain flour, 2 tsp. nutmeg, 1 tsp. ginger, 1 tsp. all spice, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 2 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. soda, 2 tbsp. brandy, 8 eggs, 1/2 cup milk.

Method: Beat butter and sugar, add eggs one at a time, beat well, add dry ingredients, then brandy and milk. Fill (No. 31) preserve jars two thirds full, put rings, lids and clips on. Stand jars in sterilizer. Fill with cold water three parts up jars and bring gently to the boil, keep boiling for 8 hrs. This mixture fills 8 jars. When wanting to use stand jar in saucepan of hot water for one hour. Serve with custard, cream or icecream.

Source: contributed by Mrs G. Sandercock in Urania Methodist Guild Cookery Book. Book II. (1965), p.37.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Toffee

2 cups sugar, 1 cup water, 2 tbsp. vinegar, 1 cup almonds (not blanched). Boil fast until it pops 9 times.

G.Kelly.

*

Does not always pop nine times, so cook for approx 20 mins., without stirring.

Miss Coralie Kelly.

Source: Urania Methodist Guild Cookery Book. Book II. (1965), p.81.

Friday, December 4, 2020

Bacon Snacks

Mix together: 1/2 lb tasty grated cheese, 2 dspns Worcestershire sauce, 2 well-beaten eggs, 2 tspns melted butter, salt to taste, dash cayenne pepper.

Keep in refrigerator until needed. When required, lightly butter as many slices of bread as desired, spread with mixture & cut into finger lengths. Place strip of bacon on each finger & bake on oven-slide or scone-tray for about 10 mins until golden brown. Serve hot.

Source: [Two Hundred] Well Tried Barossa Recipes: St John's Lutheran Ladies Guild, Tanunda (New Edition, March 1975 [1st = October 1974], p.2.
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