Thursday, January 20, 2022

Curried Mince and Pineapple

500 gm mince
1 pkt. vegetable soup
1 dess. curry powder
1 tabs. Steak Sauce
pinch mixed herbs
1&1/2 cups water
Cornflour to thicken (mix to a paste with little water)
[handwritten erratum: 1 x 440 gm tin crushed pineapple]

Method: Brown mince in a little margarine. Using a Large saucepan mix together soup, pineapple, and juice, curry powder, sauce, mixed herbs and water.
Bring to boil stirring continuously until it thickens.
Add mince and simmer, stirring often, approx. 30-40 minutes.
Thicken with cornflour if necessary. Serve with rice.

Source: contributed by Gwen Chambers in Our Jubilee Year Recipe Book [Ascot Park Uniting Church Friendship Group] (Adelaide, 1986), p.41.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Two Pudding

2 ozs. butter
2 ozs. flour
2 ozs. sugar
2 eggs
2 cups milk

Method: Cream butter and sugar, add beaten eggs and flour, mix well and add milk. Stir well, and bake in a buttered dish till set. Serve hot with sauce.

Source: A Cooks' Tour of Recipes. Published for the Adelaide University S.R.C. [Students' Representative Council]. (Adelaide: Commercial Publications of South Australia, 1955), p.70.

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Apple Snow

1&1/2 lb. apples
3 ozs. castor sugar
1/4 pint water
Thin rind and juice of half a lemon
Whites of 3 eggs

Method: Wash apples, cut into pieces, and put into stewpan with water, sugar, lemon rind, and juice. Stew gently until tender, then rub through a hair sieve. Whip the whites of the eggs. When the apple pulp is quite cold add them to it and beat until mixture is a stiff froth. Heap on a glass dish.

Source: A Cooks' Tour of Recipes. Published for the Adelaide University S.R.C. [Students' Representative Council]. (Adelaide: Commercial Publications of South Australia, 1955), p.66.

Friday, December 31, 2021

Black Tea Punch

Dissolve 12 cups sugar in 12 cups of strong black tea (cold). Add 12 cups orange juice, 6 cups lemon juice.

When ready to serve, pour over ice cubes in [p]unch bowl and add 12 bottles Dry Ginger. Pineapple juice can also be added. Float slices of orange, lemon and bananas on top.

Source: American River C.W.A. Recipes for Christmas and Special Occasions (1998), p.11.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Colours of Christmas Stir-Fry

2 tablespoons oil
2.5cm piece fresh ginger, peeled & grated
1 clove crushed garlic
1 red chilli, de-seeded & chopped
1 red pepper, de-seeded & cut into strips
175g young turnips, trimmed & cut into wedges
350g broccoli flowerettes & strips of stalks
250g cooked sausages, sliced
6 tablespoons turkey or chicken stock
2 tablespoons sherry
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 level teaspoon brown sugar
350g cooked potatoes, cut into chunks
6 spring onions, trimmed & chopped
salt & pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large pan & fry ginger, garlic & chilli over a medium heat for one minute - but do not burn. Add pepper strips, turnips, broccoli stalks & stir-fry for 5-6 minutes. Add slices of sausage, broccoli flowerettes, stock, sherry, soy sauce & sugar. Simmer for 3 minutes. Finally stir in potato, spring onion & cook until heated through. Season well. Serve immediately.

Source: American River C.W.A. Recipes for Christmas and Special Occasions (1998), p.99.

Friday, December 24, 2021

Christmas Cheesecake

Base:
1 cup biscuit crumbs
60g melted butter

Combine ingredients & press into a 22cm pie dish with the back of a large spoon. Chill.

Filling:
250g cream cheese
200ml natural yoghurt
1 pkt lemon jelly
1 cup boiling water

Beat cream cheese & natural yoghurt together. Dissolve lemon jelly in boiling water, cool then stir into yoghurt/cheese mixture. Refrigerate until starting to thicken, spoon onto biscuit layer and chill until set. For decoration, make one red or green jelly in one cup of boiling water, pour into a shallow tray. Allow to set then cut into Christmas shapes with a sharp knife or biscuit cutter. Place shapes on top of cheesecake. Any remaining jelly can be used as additional decorations if desired.

Source: American River C.W.A. Recipes for Christmas and Special Occasions (1998), p.50.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Egg Nog Sauce for Plum Pudding

2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 dessertspoon rum
3/4 cup cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
Nutmeg

Method: Separate whites and yolks. Beat each with 1/4 cup sugar. Combine the 2 mixtures and fold together. Whip cream with vanilla and rum. Fold into egg mixture. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Refrigerate in a bowl with lid on. Can be made for 2 or more days before needed. 

Caution: Before beating egg whites be sure to rinse beater well with hot water to remove any trace of oil or grease, otherwise whites will not whip to a peak.

Source: Cooking Barossa Style by the Ebenezer Community Centre (2000), p.80.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Christmas Cheer (1)

Combine together:
Juice of 3 lemons
3 Oranges, peeled and chopped
pulp of 6 passion fruit
3 apples, chopped
1 bottle orange cordial
1 x 850g can crushed pineapple

When ready to serve, add:
3 bottles chilled ginger ale
3 bottles chilled soda squash
1 bottle brandy/gin (optional)

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

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Christmas Cake (good and moist)

1 cup brown sugar, 2 cups plain flour, 1 tsp. carb soda, 1/2 lb. currants, few almonds, 1/2 lb. butter, pinch of salt, 1/2 lb. raisins, 1/2 lb. dates, 1 tsp. mixed spice, 6 eggs, little brandy, 1/2 lb. sultanas, lemon peel, 1 tsp. cinnamon.

Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and beat well. Add sifted flours and fruit alternately.

Bake 2 to 3 hours.

Source: contributed by Mrs J. Tyler, Mrs D. Carmichael in Urania Methodist Guild Cookery Book. Book II. (Kadina: Kadina & Wallaroo Times, 1965), p.71.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Coconut Haystacks

225g dessicated [sic] coconut
1 egg
125g sugar

Method: Mix together and press small amounts into a eggcup or mold. Shake out into a baking tray and cook in a very moderate oven for 20 minutes or till lightly browned.

Source: Australia's Little Cornwall. Cornish Cook Book (Moonta, S.A.: National Trust of South Australia Moonta Branch, n.d. [post-1998]), p.11.

[Note: title emended from "Hatstacks".]

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Heavy Cake

Heavy Cake. made up light.

450g S.R. Flour
125g butter or margarine
300ml milk to mix
a little peel [optional]
175g currants and sultanas mixed
100g lard
100g sugar
1 egg [optional]
a good pinch salt

Method: Rub the fats into the flour. Add sugar and fruit. Add salt and milk, mixing with a knife till it becomes dough. Place on a floured board and roll out 2cm thick. Score the top lightly with the back of a knife. Brush with milk, water or egg. Place on a flat baking tray; cook for 20 minutes at 200C. Cut into good sized squares.

Proper Heavy Cake

225g mixed fruit (threequarters currants, the rest sultanas]
100g margarine
400g plain flour
A little peel [optional]
75g sugar
300ml milk
50g butter
50g S.R. Flour
125g lard
quarter teaspoon salt

Method: Place the flour in a bowl. Rub in the lard and margarine lightly, add sugar, salt and fruit. Mix with the milk. Roll out mixture on a flour board. Dab butter on two thirds of the surface, fold the unbuttered side over and fold again, rest for 30 minutes. Roll out again and fold in three. Rest a little then roll out again 2cm thick into a large round or square. Score crisscross lines on the top. Brush with egg or milk wash. Bake 200C for 20 minutes.

Source: Australia's Little Cornwall. Cornish Cook Book (Moonta, S.A.: National Trust of South Australia Moonta Branch, n.d. [post-1998]), p.10.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Cheese Turnovers

6 slices bread
milk
500g shortcrust pastry
1 onion chopped
salt and pepper
250g grated cheese

Method: Soak the bread in enough milk to cover for half an hour. Roll out the pastry and cut into 23cm squares. Place some drained bread on each square, sprinkle with chopped onion and season with salt and pepper then liberally sprinkle with grated cheese. Fold the pastry over, taking each corner and bring to the centre. Press the sides together. Cook in a hot oven for 40 minutes.

Source: Australia's Little Cornwall. Cornish Cook Book (Moonta, S.A.: National Trust of South Australia Moonta Branch, n.d. [post-1998]), p.5.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

"Kiddley" Broth

Bread cut into squares, a few marigold heads, a few stalks of shallots chopped fine, lump of butter, salt and pepper. Put all in a basin, pour boiling water over and eat as soon as possible.

Source: Australia's Little Cornwall. Cornish Cook Book (Moonta, S.A.: National Trust of South Australia Moonta Branch, n.d. [post-1998]), p.6.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Ginger Biscuits

100g S.R. Flour
2 tablespoons golden syrup
2 level teaspoons ginger
Half teaspoon bi-carbonate soda
50g lard and butter mixed
1 level teaspoon cinnamon
1 level dessertspoon castor sugar

Method: Sieve dry ingredients. Melt fats and syrup, when cool, mix all together. Break off pieces about the size of a walnut and place - well spaced on a lightly greased baking tray.
Bake for 15 minutes 190C.

Source: Australia's Little Cornwall. Cornish Cook Book (Moonta, S.A.: National Trust of South Australia Moonta Branch, n.d. [post-1998]), p.9.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Star-Gazy Pie

Take as many fresh herrings or mackerel that will fit a moderate size dish. Scale and clean and remove bones. Lay flat and season with salt and pepper and parsley, then roll up neatly. Butter the pie dish and sprinkle with a thick layer of breadcrumbs, then layer fish, breadcrumbs to top of dish. Cover with slices of bacon. Beat six eggs, and add 2 tablespoons tarragon vinegar or a quarter pint of cream. Cover the dish with a shortcrust pastry, bringing the heads of the fish up through slits cut in the pastry. Bake in moderately hot oven 45-60 minutes. When cooked place a sprig of parsley in the mouth of each fish.
Serve with jacket potato.

Source: Australia's Little Cornwall. Cornish Cook Book (Moonta, S.A.: National Trust of South Australia Moonta Branch, n.d. [post-1998]), p.6.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Miner's Pasty

500g shortcrust pastry
250g thinly sliced onion
2 large cooking apples
250g thinly sliced steak
250g thinly sliced potatoes
sugar o[r] 3 tablespoons jam

Method: Roll pastry on floured board to form circle, arrange meat and vegetables at one end, and the apple and sugar at the other end, dividing same with small piece of pastry. Cook in a hot oven for approx. 45 minutes. Mark each end as to what is their content.

Source: Australia's Little Cornwall. Cornish Cook Book (Moonta, S.A.: National Trust of South Australia Moonta Branch, n.d. [post-1998]), p.3.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Breakfast relish balls

Mince any cold meat (mutton, beef or ham)
2 oz breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp lemon peel
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg
parsley and/or chives or dill.
pinch nutmeg or other spices of your choice

Method: Combine meat, lemon peel and spices and then shape into balls and dip into beaten egg and roll in breadcrumbs and fry in hot fat/oil. Garnish with herbs and lemon slices.

Source: Elizabeth Woolcock's Cottage Recipes - compiled and edited by Ani Peters (?Adelaide, S.A, 2016), p.13

[Note: this souvenir recipe book, bought in October 2021 at the Moonta Mines Museum, has little relevance to the short, brutalized life of Elizabeth Woolcock (the only woman hanged in South Australia).]

Thursday, November 4, 2021

London Candy

1 pint treacle or golden syrup
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Grated rind and juice of half a lemon

Method: Butter the sides and bottom of an enamelled saucepan, pour in the treacle, add the other ingredients, and boil gently, stirring all the time. In 10 minutes drop a little on a buttered plate. If it hardens pour the remainder out at once on to previously buttered plates. When it is slightly cool rub the hands with butter, cut thin strips of it, and draw it out, then twist lightly and continue to work in this way until it hardens and becomes a light golden colour.

Source: A Cooks' Tour of Recipes. Published for the Adelaide University S.R.C. [Students' Representative Council]. (Adelaide: Commercial Publications of South Australia, 1955), p.89.

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Witches Hell Brew

1&1/2 bottles white wine
1/2 bottle sherry
Tin fruit juice to taste
Large bottle Soda Water

Method: Mix all together. When ready to serve, add a piece of dry ice (carbon dioxide, frozen) and it will steam!

Source: American River C.W.A. Recipes for Christmas and Special Occasions (1998), p.10.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Raspberry Champagne Cup

4 lumps sugar
4 teaspoons Brandy
4 tablespoons frozen Raspberries, thawed
1 tablespoon lime cordial
Well Chilled Champagne

Method: Place a sugar lump & 1 teaspoon Brandy in each Champagne flute.

Puree raspberries & lime cordial together, pour some into each glass. Top up with Champagne & serve at once.

Source: American River C.W.A. Recipes for Christmas and Special Occasions (1998), p.12.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Casserole of Steak (Lamb or Veal)

2 lb blade steak (lamb or veal)
onion
carrot
1 cup diced pineapple

Cube meat and place in casserole dish with layers of onion, carrot and pineapple.

Sauce:
2 heaped tabspns plain flour
1 heaped tabspn sugar
1/2 level tspn mustard
1/2 level tspn curry powder
1/2 level tspn mixed spice
1 round tspn salt
2 tabspn tomato sauce
1/2 cup claret (optional)

Mix together with 1 cup cold water and pour over meat etc.
Bake in casserole dish at 300F for 2&1/2 to 3 hou[r]s.

Source: contributed by Bronwen Jones in The Embroiderers' Recipe Book. Compiled by members of The Embroiderers' Guild of South Australia Incorporated ([Adelaide], n.d.), p.30.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Prune Pudding

Stew 1 cup prunes, remove stones, and cut in small pieces. Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla, and sugar to taste. Beat whites of 3 eggs stiff with 3 tablespoons of sugar. Mix well with prunes and brown in a quick oven. Serve with whipped cream.

Source: A Cooks' Tour of Recipes. Published for the Adelaide University S.R.C. [Students' Representative Council]. (Adelaide: Commercial Publications of South Australia, 1955), p.69.
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