Our family had a great picnic in the park last Sunday and my lovely 7 year old granddaughter and I made a Savoury Luncheon Slice* to share.  On the same page as that recipe is this other slice of Mum’s which is also an old family favourite.  The two us will have to make it for the next picnic.

*it’s already posted if you want to try it out


This is another of my minestrone soup recipes.  It differs from the other one in just a few small ways.  It has potato, cabbage and Haricot beans and also less pasta, but the same rule applies about making it up to the marked area before adding the pasta. Either version works really well.



Mum wrote this recipe out pretty roughly on a piece of paper from an exercise book.  She used to make it fairly often either to take on picnics or for casual Sunday night teas.  I can even visualize the baking tray she made it in – the family loved it.

Cheese & Bacon Slice


  • White Wings flaky pastry (or any bought puff pastry) or home made pastry
  • 1 medium sized apple, grated
  • 1 medium potato, grated
  • 1 medium onion, grated
  • Green pepper, finely chopped
  • 30g butter, softened
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 2 rashes of bacon
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup milk

Line a lamington style baking tray, approx 30cm x 20.5cm x 3cm with the pastry. Combine the apple, potato, onion and green pepper in a bowl.  Add the butter, cheese, bacon, eggs and milk and mix together.  Bake for 3/4 of an hour at 200oC.




We’re just back from a terrific holiday in Europe.  We ate lots of great meals in Italy, France and England, but as always it’s good to be home – back to the land of affordable lamb and beef.  This is my favourite Lamb Roast recipe, I wrote it down for Mum years ago.  As you can see it’s a bit sketchy, there’s no quantities you just put as much onion and potato in the baking dish as you need.

Lamb Roast


Fry onions in butter or margarine.  Tip into the bottom of a baking pan and cover with sliced potatoes.  Pour over beef stock until not quite covered.  Generously rub salt and pepper into a leg of lamb.   Put the lamb on a rack over the onion & potato mix and bake at 180o.  Cooking time depends on the size of the leg of lamb, but it needs a bit extra time to crisp up the onion & potato.



This is a very hearty beef casserole great for these winter nights.  I like the fact that everything is thrown in one dish and you can put it in the oven and forget it for a couple of hours.  The recipe converts to 250g of blade steak, but you could put more in if you want to bulk it up a bit.

All in One Beef Casserole