Cantaloup or Rockmelon, what do you call it? As a Victorian I call it cantaloup, but my husband a New South Welshman calls it rockmelon. It doesn’t matter what you call it, it tastes good and combined with strawberries and cream makes a cool and simple summer dessert.


I often cook lamb over a bed of onions, but haven’t tried cooking pork that way. It looks quite delicious in this recipe, especially the with addition of the two sauces and honey brushed over and then the apple, sage and wine sauce to served with it. The added bonus is that the apple, sage and wine sauce is a good gluten free substitute for gravy.


The name Chocolate Ripple Cake always conjures up the 1960s dessert of chocolate ripple biscuits sandwiched together with cream to my and others of my generations minds. But this recipe is actual a cake. A cake with a white chocolate filling and dark chocolate icing. Absolutely not for the diet conscious…………………

CHICKEN GRAND-MERE – with Herbed Sausage Stuffing

Much to my surprise this is a classic French roast chicken dish. It’s from the The Sun Readers’ Recipes column back in the 70s/80s and I thought when I read it that the sender was just calling it that instead of Grandmother’s Chicken……but I was wrong. I’ve used a meat stuffing in turkey at Christmas, but not in chicken, but it makes sense that it would work just as well in chicken. I’ll have to give it a go.


We’ve just entered Lockdown No. 3 here in Melbourne and are really hoping it doesn’t last as long as the last one. If, like us, over the past year Zooming with friends or just sitting locked in at home has seen you enjoy a lot more alcohol than you normally do, this recipe could be the answer. Non-alcoholic fruit punch. Of course, the desperate can always add a little something extra if needed……


There’s no date on the magazine page this recipe is on, but I can tell it’s as early as the 1960s in a few ways. Firstly, the paper is really old, secondly the pie dish size is in inches and not centimeters and lastly the silver dish is very similar to one I was given as a wedding present in 1971. Despite it’s age it looks quite a luscious way to use tinned apricots. (Pie dish conversion 20-22cm.)

FRIED RICE – Gluten Free

When I was a kid Fried Rice was an exotic Chinese dish which you bought from the small local Chinese café down the street. When my Mum started making it she would cook the rice first, let it go cold and then add it to the pan with spring onions, bacon and of course, the fried eggs. My husband’s mother used the absorption method like in this recipe, which is more like the Italian risotto technique. This old recipe was put out on a sheet of SEC (State Electricity Commission – Victoria) Tested Recipes, I don’t think my Mum was ever convinced it was a better way that hers though. I still make it like Mum did, but my husband swears by his mother’s method…………


Do you know the difference between macarons/macaroons? As far as I can work out the French style macarons are multi-coloured and layered together with a ganache. Macaroons, are possibly Italian and are shredded coconut and egg whites. Then we have these Amaretti ones which are ground almonds, caster sugar and egg whites and which according to this cutting are Sicillian – confused? I am. They all taste terrific though….


In the past the cheesecakes I made all had a biscuit base, usually Marie biscuits. These days, with my husband being among those who don’t tolerate gluten, I’ve started looking for gluten free alternatives. Gluten free ginger biscuits work really well, but I thought this recipe, which was published by the Women’s Weekly in 1999 was interesting. It uses Amaretti macaroons and brown rice – I’m going to give it a go next time I’m making a cheesecake.