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.

SALADS – Combination, Avocado, Sesame Cauliflower, Mushroom

Running out of new ideas for salads this summer? How about going back to the 80s and trying out one of these from a leaflet that Kraft put out back then. While the salad dressings they mention may be available anymore, there’s enough other varieties around now that you can easily find a substitute.

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.

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……

ALMOND MINCE BALLS – Gluten Free

This recipe was in a Kraft Vegemite recipe booklet and have the unusual combination of vegemite and crunch peanut butter, not two ingredients you’d expect to find in a meatball. But from a gluten free perspective the peanut butter is a great substitute for flour to hold the meatball together and the almond coating does the same thing and adds a crunch.  Worth a try?