My guess is that this recipe was one of the original ones Mum started out with after she married in 1941.  I wouldn’t be surprised if it came from my paternal grandmother, who Mum lived with while Dad was overseas in the airforce during WW2.  The piece of paper looks very well used.

Apple Crumble


  • ½ cup of Self Raising Flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Mix together to make the crumble.  Cook apples, let cool and put crumble on top.  Bake in a moderate oven 180o until the crumble is brown, about 30 mins.


I think this was one of the first dinner party dishes I made after I got married.   It was quite modern then with the wine, garlic, oregano and peppers and tasted great.  I’m not sure where I got the recipe from, but I can see from the typing  that I typed it up on a manual typewriter, probably at work, and here I am posting it on the internet – how the world has changed!!!!  It served me well all those years ago, but I haven’t made it for awhile.  Perhaps it’s time to give it another go.

Chicken & Mushroom Saute


This recipe gets it’s name from the Mallee District an area in north west Victoria, but over the years I’ve seen it with lots of other names including Impossible Pie and Zuccchini slice.  I suppose it’s an Australian version of a frittata, the Italian crustless quiche to which a variety of meat and vegetables are added.  It’s a nice easy meal and if you make this version you’ll feel very Australian.

Mallee Quiche


I found this unusual birthday cake recipe among Mum’s Herald Sun cutouts.  She must have been quite taken with it as she cut out around the picture, although I’m sure she never made it.  I really wish it was printed in colour as it must look quite good with the red, yellow and green jelly cubes inside.  Not quite sure what it would taste like though, but if you’re looking for a kids cake you don’t have to spend hours decorating this might work for you….

No bake party cake