EASY LEMON MERINGUE PIE

Lemon Meringue Pie is my husband’s favourite dessert, but made the traditional way it’s a lot of work and so I rarely make it for him.  This recipe is full of shortcuts – a biscuit base, instead of homemade pastry  and sweetened condensed milk/egg/lemon juice filling, instead of a lemon curd filling.  I confess I haven’t made it, but I think I’ll give it a try and see if it meets with his approval.

MARSHMALLOW SLICE (No Bake)

During this enforced lockdown our amazing 9 year old granddaughter has been cooking up a storm.  This week she cooked a three course meal for all of us (the four in her household, plus three visitors) which was delicious.  So when I saw this old marshmallow slice recipe that Mum kept from her bowling club, I thought it might be something she’d like to make, especially as the ingredients are everyday things that will be in the pantry.   I hope she makes it and keeps a piece for us.

CHICKEN COBBLER

The cheesy scone topping on this chicken casserole makes this a hearty and inexpensive meal.  It comes from a New Idea supplement entitled ‘Tasty Meals on a Budget’, published in 1974 and shows weights in metric and the old imperial measurement.  Although metric conversion happened in 1966 it took sometime for home cooks to become confident of using the new system.

SANDWICH FILLINGS incl MOCK CHICKEN FILLING

Almost back to school time after the long summer holidays here in Melbourne.
So I thought some old 1970s sandwich filling ideas might give you some new ideas for the kid’s lunches.  Mum used to make the Mock Chicken Filling for our sandwiches and also for afternoon teas with her friends.  I remember it as tasting quite nice.

CREAMY CHICKEN LOAF

As more and more Australians are deciding that a hot Christmas lunch is a bit silly in our climate, this 1970s cold Chicken Loaf could be worth trying.  It has the added benefit of being made the day before and you only need turn it out and slice it on Christmas Day.  A great way to cut down the stress of the big day.

LITTLE MEATBALLS and BEB’S TOMATO SAUCE

There’s nothing too unusual about these Little Meatballs, it’s more their size. As the recipe says they’re quite versatile, you can put them a pasta sauce or sweet and sour sauce.  You could even serve them with a dipping sauce as a nibble or pop them in the kids lunchbox.  I’ve included Mum’s Tomato Sauce for Mince Balls recipe as I think it goes well with them.  Enjoy………..

SAUSAGE PIE

For years Mum made a savoury slice using sausage meat which she’d take on picnics, a recipe that I’ve made lots of times as well.  This sausage pie is a bit different though with the layers of sausage meat, tomato and onion topped with egg.  It’s sort of an adaption of an egg and bacon pie. I haven’t made it, but as it says it would be great hot or cold.