TWO TONE CHRISTMAS SLICE

This is basically a White Christmas recipe, but to give it a bit more of a Christmassy look red glace cherries and a chocolate layer have been added to the rice bubbles and copha. Back in the 80s copha was used in a lot of unbaked slices and while it’s not used as much these days the classic White Christmas something Mum made every year and was a family favourite.

FETTA TOMATO CASES

With Christmas fast approaching and entertaining at home possible again, I’ve started to look for something new to make. I’m thinking if you add, as suggested, basil leaves on the top of these cases you’ll have a really good Christmas treat. They’d make a great addition to the Christmas table or for drinks with family and friends.

CHOCOLATE FUDGE PUDDING

Going through the recipe collection this type of chocolate pudding comes up a lot. Mum used to make it quite often for the family, as it’s quick, easy and uses everyday things from the pantry. Served with lashings of cream or ice cream it’s hard to beat and greatly loved by chocolate lovers – even all these years later.

SPANISH OMELETTE

I can’t remember the first time I made a Spanish Omelet – it would have to have been at least 35 years ago. I’m not sure I ever had a proper recipe for it back then, it was just onions, potatoes and eggs. It was an easy Sunday night meal that everyone liked and we still enjoy it. Over the years I’ve added bacon, spinach, mushrooms or whatever I’ve got in the fridge, but onion and potato are always the base.

MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN

Chicken breast stuffed with cheese and bacon and served with a mustard cream sauce – not sure how Mediterranean it is, but it certainly sound good. If you don’t want the gluten or carbs of fettuccine just serve it up with fresh vegetables – great either way.

LIQUEUR COFFEE and LIQUEUR PEPPERMINT (Creme de Menthe)

Making your own liqueurs was a fun thing to do back in the 70s when every dinner party finished with liqueurs or port. They’re not so fashionable these days, but maybe they’ll make a comeback on day and these two recipes will be worth a try (although I think I’d substitute a brewed coffee for the instant).

CHICKEN AND EGG BALLS

You can tell the age of this 1970s recipe by the Cost: $1.40. I haven’t worked out what the cost would be now in 2021 – but I’m guessing maybe four times as much. Even so it’s still an fairly economical little starter or finger food. The other sign of the times is that you don’t have to mince the chicken you can buy it already done……how things change……