SAUSAGE AND BEAN CASSEROLE

Sunday night tea at our house when we were growing up was always a very casual meal. Combining sausages, bacon, noodles and tomato was a dish Mum often made. This a slightly more fancy version with butter beans, kidney beans and green capsicum or zucchini, but it’s still an easy dish with ingredients you have in the cupboard or freezer.

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.

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.

GINGERNUT FUDGE (NO BAKE) – Gluten Free

Mum and Dad both belonged to the Keysborough Bowls Club back in the day, which is where this little Simple Slice Recipe book comes from. I was surprised looking through the recipes to come across this one, because it can so easily be converted to gluten free. The range of GF biscuits is growing, but the one that holds its consistency best from all that I’ve tried is the Gingernut ones. I use them for cheesecake bases and they work perfectly. I’m pleased that I can now try them in this recipe.

PEACH CRUMBLE

This is a very 70s dessert – one made with things you have in the cupboard. I only make dessert now when we have visitors, but Mum’s generation made one every night. She would have had tinned peaches, coconut, cornflakes, brown sugar, flour and canned cream, in the cupboard, so this was a good recipe to make at the end of her shopping week when fresh produce was running low.

CHOCOLATE FUDGE PUDDING

Going through the recipe collection this type of chocolate pudding comes up a lot. Mum used to make it quite often for the family, as it’s quick, easy and uses everyday things from the pantry. Served with lashings of cream or ice cream it’s hard to beat and greatly loved by chocolate lovers – even all these years later.

LIQUEUR COFFEE and LIQUEUR PEPPERMINT (Creme de Menthe)

Making your own liqueurs was a fun thing to do back in the 70s when every dinner party finished with liqueurs or port. They’re not so fashionable these days, but maybe they’ll make a comeback on day and these two recipes will be worth a try (although I think I’d substitute a brewed coffee for the instant).

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……