LEMON TART WITH CUSTARD COCONUT TOPPING

Yes, this is a lemon tart, but it’s a lemon tart with a difference. The difference being the custard and coconut topping. It’s easy enough to make as per the recipe, but if you want to make it even easier you can use lemon curd from a jar and cut out one of the steps. As the recipe says, enjoy!

LENTIL COTTAGE PIE – Gluten Free

I always think of lentils as being a fairly recent dietary inclusion, but this recipe was printed in the Herald Sun back in the 1970s, so I’ve obviously gotten that totally wrong. Possibly the big difference these days is that you can by them in tins and don’t have to go through the extra process of cooking them – much quicker and easier altogether.

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.