SAUSAGE AND BEAN CASSEROLE

Sunday night tea at our house when we were growing up was always a very casual meal. Combining sausages, bacon, noodles and tomato was a dish Mum often made. This a slightly more fancy version with butter beans, kidney beans and green capsicum or zucchini, but it’s still an easy dish with ingredients you have in the cupboard or freezer.

GUACAMOLE

Guacamole is a fairly common dip these days, but back in the mid 70s when I first tried it it was much more exotic. My sister-in-law and her partner loved to cook middle-eastern food and were much more adventurous with their eating than we were. Avocados were around, but they were pricey, so when they made this Mexican dip it was quite something for us to try. With the prices of avocados at an all time low at the moment I thought it was a good time to share this recipe which was published by the Woman’s Day in the 90s. It’s got a few more ingredients in it than the 70s version and I really like the suggestions for using it that they added.

SALMON ASPARAGUS SOUP

This is an old 1970s recipe that I used to make for dinner parties in my early years of married life. Inviting friends over for dinner was the way we mainly entertained. Eating out was expensive and none of us could afford that very often. There were a few cooking disasters as we learnt to cook, but they were disguised by the wine and good company. This was an easy and pretty foolproof starter.

SINGAPORE LAKSA

It’s sunny, but cold outside today so my mind automatically turns to making a pot of hot soup for dinner tonight. Instead of a thick vegetable one maybe I’ll make a seafood laksa instead. This is a meal in itself full of prawns, white fish, calamari, bean curd and noodles……luscious and bound to warm us all up.