Casseroles have always been a family favourite for us. Great as a family meal in winter, but also really usefully when entertaining a crowd. This Beef Casserole recipe which Mum collected from Entice magazine takes a basic dish and shows that by changing just a few ingredients you can create a different taste treat.

Master Beef Casserole cropped


In the 1970s there was a craze for people to make their own liqueurs. I’m not sure that Mum ever made any of these as she didn’t drink all that much but these sweeter liqueurs may have appealed to her. The most successful one that we tasted was made with peaches, it wasn’t all that good at the time, but when we found the bottle at the back of the cupboard almost 20 years later it had mellowed very nicely…… To be honest I’m not sure if I’d make these, but if you feel like experimenting – good luck.



Soup has always been a family favourite with us. In the early days Mum made soup using soup bones from the butcher to which she would add lots of vegetables – onions, carrots, celery, turnips and whatever else she had on hand. Once it had all boiled for a couple of hours it was left to cool, the bones were removed and the fat skimmed off the surface before reboiling and eaten. This recipe is one I gave her and I expect she liked it as it was quicker and easier to make.

Zucchini Soup


  • 30g butter
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 4 chopped onions, chopped
  • 6 medium zucchinis, sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • Salt & Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 4 cups chicken stock

Heat oil and butter, cook vegetables 10 minutes, add stock and seasonings simmer 10 minutes, pulverise, serve with cream.


It looks like this recipe has been cut off the side of a packet, although I’m not sure which packet it came from. I do know that it makes a great slice, really good for afternoon teas or to take on a picnic.

Apricot Loaf crop


  • 155g dried apricots
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 level teaspoon bi-carb soda
  • 2¼ cups Self Raising flour
  • ½ level teaspoon salt
  • 60g margarine
  • 125g (½ cup) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Topping:
  • 30g margarine
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 level tablespoon brown sugar
  • 50g walnuts, finely chopped

Chop apricots, place into a basin with boiling water and soda, cover and stand ½ hour. Sift flour and salt into a basin, rub through margarine, add sugar, egg and apricot mixture, mix to combine. Grease loaf tin 22cm x 9cm x 6cm deep and sprinkle some oats over from the topping, then spoon in apricot batter. Melt margarine, add topping ingredients and mix well. Spoon topping over batter. Bake in a moderately hot oven 190ºC for 45-50 minutes. Cool slightly in the tin, remove and cool. Serve sliced and buttered if desired.