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.

CHICKEN AND MUSHROOM RICE LASAGNE – Gluten Free

I haven’t tried this rice lasagne, although I have made a chicken lasagne both with standard lasagne sheets and with Gluten Free ones. My original recipe uses plain flour like this recipe, but I simply substituted GF plain flour which worked fine. To be totally honest I’m not sure how close to lasagne this rice one would turn out, maybe it would be more a rice slice. I think you’d have to careful you didn’t overcook the rice or it could be quite soggy. Even so it’s probably worth a try.

NANA’S EASY EVERYDAY SOUP

I confess that I’m a soupaholic, the weather only has to be slightly cool and I’m make myself some soup. For visitors I follow a recipe and make ‘proper’ soups, but for myself I make something closer to this old recipe. The big difference between my soup and this is that I just throw everything in (no sautéing) and add a tin of commercial soup – whatever I have in the cupboard. Oh, and I don’t mash or blend it. My end product is a chunky vegetable soup, very filling and great on a cold winter night. Try it and see if you agree!!!!

WARM CABBAGE TOSS – WARM COLESLAW

This recipe was published by the Women’s Weekly in 1993 with the heading ‘Budget Beaters Under $5’. I haven’t worked it out, but I’m guessing it would cost a bit more to make now, almost 30 years later. With the price of iceberg lettuces around $12 each at the moment, it could be a good substitute for a green salad and also something warm during winter to go with a grill.

POPPY SEED HAZELNUT CAKE

I was a bit baffled when I read this recipe as to what a ‘tube pan’ was. A check of google tells me that it’s what I’ve always called a ring tin. I thought that an alternative name for a ring tin was a Bundt tin and have never heard it called a tube pan, but it turns out that they’re the same thing. So to clear up the confusion I thought I’d add a photo of a tube, ring or Bundt pan.