Guacamole is a fairly common dip these days, but back in the mid 70s when I first tried it it was much more exotic. My sister-in-law and her partner loved to cook middle-eastern food and were much more adventurous with their eating than we were. Avocados were around, but they were pricey, so when they made this Mexican dip it was quite something for us to try. With the prices of avocados at an all time low at the moment I thought it was a good time to share this recipe which was published by the Woman’s Day in the 90s. It’s got a few more ingredients in it than the 70s version and I really like the suggestions for using it that they added.
Tag Archives: 1990s
EASY CHOCOLATE CAKE
Here’s another chocolate cake to add to your collection. The Women’s Weekly have added the label “Family Favourite”, I’m not sure that it deserves that distinction – isn’t every chocolate cake a Family Favourite!!!!
CHICKEN AND MUSHROOM RICE LASAGNE – Gluten Free
I haven’t tried this rice lasagne, although I have made a chicken lasagne both with standard lasagne sheets and with Gluten Free ones. My original recipe uses plain flour like this recipe, but I simply substituted GF plain flour which worked fine. To be totally honest I’m not sure how close to lasagne this rice one would turn out, maybe it would be more a rice slice. I think you’d have to careful you didn’t overcook the rice or it could be quite soggy. Even so it’s probably worth a try.
WARM CABBAGE TOSS – WARM COLESLAW
This recipe was published by the Women’s Weekly in 1993 with the heading ‘Budget Beaters Under $5’. I haven’t worked it out, but I’m guessing it would cost a bit more to make now, almost 30 years later. With the price of iceberg lettuces around $12 each at the moment, it could be a good substitute for a green salad and also something warm during winter to go with a grill.
STUFFED PORK CHOPS
This recipe is definitely not for those who don’t like meat and fruit cooked together. To be honest I’m not quite sure if I would like it. I find the banana in it a bit strange, but I guess the peanut butter, dates and chilli might be OK. I leave it up to you to decide.
CHOCOLATE PECAN TORTE
I like the description that the Herald Sun writer gave this dessert “gooey, rich but light”. Not quite sure how accurate that is as I haven’t made it yet, but I’m sure my chocolate loving granddaughter would be a good person to try it out on.
TUNA AND CORN POTS
I’m not sure how many Australians still have a meat free day on Good Friday. It was a tradition that Mum used to stick to, but that was many years ago. I was reminded of that when I came across this tuna recipe and thought that it might be an easy thing to make on the day.
This New Idea recipe suggests serving the chicken with a cucumber and red onion salad, which sounds like a good idea. Sadly though it won’t be a dish I’ll be making, as coriander isn’t popular in my household, I guess I could substitute parsley for it and hope for the best…..
QUINCES IN SPICED WINE SYRUP
When I was a kid stewed quinces appeared as a dessert each autumn. We didn’t have a quince tree so I’m guessing Mum was given them by a friend. Like most stewed fruit, Mum served them with a custard and ice cream, they needed a sweet topping as they were a bit tart. You don’t seem them around much these days, the only mention of quinces seems to be quince paste. If you do find some they’re worth trying out, either with spices like this recipe or stewed.
Sick of boiled or roasted pumpkin and looking for another way to serve it? This is something different – pumpkin, rice, cream and seasonings, all topped with cheese and browned in the oven. Even the kids might like it.