This is an old recipe of Mum’s that I’ve been making for years.  I originally made it as a spread for toast, but it’s just as good on biscuits with drinks. It used to be a pain to make as you had to put it a mincer, which was messy and took ages, but now you just throw it in the blender. You can make it as chunky or fine as you like, my sister-in-law loves it and I try to remember to make it when she’s coming to stay.


Our family had a great picnic in the park last Sunday and my lovely 7 year old granddaughter and I made a Savoury Luncheon Slice* to share.  On the same page as that recipe is this other slice of Mum’s which is also an old family favourite.  The two us will have to make it for the next picnic.

*it’s already posted if you want to try it out


This recipe bring back memories of Mum in the kitchen peeling the cooked beetroot and the bright red hands she had afterwards.  I think it tasted better than today’s tinned variety and if like me you really like beetroot, it’s worth doing – just make sure you wear gloves…………………


Australia Day is only a couple of weeks away and how better to celebrate it than with lamb, pavlova and lamingtons.  The lamingtons take a bit of patience to make yourself, but are much better than the bought variety.  The conversion for this old recipe of Mum’s is: 8oz = 250ml, 4oz = 125g and the 9in square cake tin = 23cm.


Back in the 60s, which is around the time this recipe was published, the choice of pork cuts was a lot more limited than it is now.  You could buy roast pork and pork chops and not much else.  So although this recipe calls for shoulder pork shops you could really use any pork cut you wanted.  As it’s pre-metrics you need to convert the 10oz can of soup to 300ml and bake the casserole at 180o.

Pork Chop Casserole


I realize that this handwritten recipe is very hard to read so I’ve typed it out down below.  It’s a classic case of Mum writing two recipes on the one piece of paper and the ink blurring through making both recipes really hard to decipher.  The recipe itself sounds quite good, if you like apricots that is.

Apricot Rice Pudding


  • ½ cup short grain rice
  • ½ coconut
  • 1½ cups apricot nectar
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 eggs separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup apricot jam
  • ¾ cup castor sugar

Cook rice, then mix with coconut.  Place in buttered pie dish.  Mix nectar, water, sugar and boil, remove from heat.  Beat egg yolks with vanilla, stir into nectar mixture with rind, pour over rice & coconut.  Place dish in tray of water.  Bake in mod oven 180o for 45 mins.  Cool.  Then spread with apricot jam, beat egg whites with castor sugar till stiff, spread on top.  Bake further 10-15 mins.