This is a quick and easy vegetable only dish and would be great if you’re looking for a meat free night or something to serve vegetarian friends.  Of course, you could also serve it alongside a juicy steak or lamb chops………..



I think filled tomatoes have gone completely out of fashion, but this recipe caught my eye as the filling of rice, bacon and cheese sounds good.  Just not sure when I’d serve them though, maybe as an accompaniment to bbq steak or chops…..


Seems like when Mum tore this out of the Woman’s Day she missed the last few lines so has handwritten them on the bottom.  Her instructions read “other half 27cm” and “over with pastry.  200o C, 400oF – 40 mins”.  I’ll add my comments  – that this could be a hearty pie for vegetarians by simply substituting the bacon for extra vegetables.


Vegetarian recipes weren’t something Mum would have been looking for on the pages of the Herald Sun.  Growing up I can’t remember anyone among our family or friends who didn’t eat meat, so cooking vegetable only dishes just wasn’t necessary.  This recipe is on a page Mum kept from the paper that had pork, lamb, sausage and fish casseroles on it, so the recipes were around, they just weren’t something Mum made.


I’m going to make Cauliflower with White Sauce and Cheese, as it’s always been called in our family, to go with Christmas lunch as usual. So I was pleased to find this recipe showing the proper way to make it.   It’s something I make quite a lot, passed down from Mum of course.  I’ve never had a recipe for it and I was surprised just how much my version has evolved from this 1970s one.  I microwave the cauliflower, make a fairly thick white sauce in the microwave, pour it over the cauliflower and then top the whole lot with lots of cheese.  Sometimes I even add broccoli – not traditional maybe, but it’s quick, easy and tastes great.