When I was growing up cabbage was sliced and boiled and came out quite tasteless.  As a result I’m always looking for new ways to cook it, to make it more interesting.  The obvious way is to add butter and while that tastes great, dietary wise it’s not such a good idea for some of us.  So finding this cutting has been inspiring, there’s some great ideas on it.



According to the Herald Sun Checkout column, where this recipe appeared in June 1993, ‘Kish Mish is a sensational concoction of dried fruits and spices – it can stand alone as a dessert served with cream, but for winter you can serve it as a cascade over steamed pudding’.  I think the thing that makes it a bit different is the addition of apple with the dried fruit, it would be really fruity and moist.


My father loved to fish.  He and an old army buddy bought a boat and would go fishing on Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bay.  I have a lot of memories of waiting on the sand for them to come back, clean the boat and put it on the trailer so we could finally go home. The result was a steady supply of fresh fish.  I just wish my mother had had this recipe though as I always found the plain fried fish Dad loved pretty boring.  This marinara filling would have made it far more interesting.


It’s a bit unusual to have a fruit base, then a crumble layer (instead of the reverse) and then top it all with meringue as this dessert recipe does.  I’m guessing the idea is that the crumble would absorb a little of the moisture from the fruit.  Whether that’s the case or not, with these ingredients it should taste OK.


“The unique taste of Vegemite and how to get more out of every jar” is the opening sentence in this recipe booklet from Kraft.  The world probably agrees with ‘unique’, but it’s definitely an Australian favourite.  In this recipe it’s added into a cheesy hamburger mince mix and cooked in the oven in a bread roll, worth trying?


This chowder recipe is a bit more economical than most.  Using a prepared marinara mix, instead of other individual and more expensive fish, cuts the cost and also the time preparing it.  Personally I’m not sure about adding cheese, could be worth trying, but I don’t see why you couldn’t leave it out either.


When I’m preparing recipes to post I usually take out any comments made by the columnists who’ve originally published them, but this time I’ve left Jane O’Connor’s in.  They’re wise words and her suggestions for modernizing, in this case minted peas, but also mashed potatoes are worth reading.