Every time I pick my granddaughters up from school and take their lunch boxes out their school bags I’m astonished at how magnificent lunchboxes are these days. When I was at school my lunch was a sandwich wrapped in lunch wrap and piece of fruit which Mum into a brown paper bag. Unsurprisingly squashed sandwiches and squashed fruit were often the result. Mum was also inventive with sandwich fillings, banana and sultanas, vegemite and celery, cheese and beetroot and sometimes a homemade cheese spread. Not sure that this is the recipe she used as she wouldn’t have put sherry in her kids sandwiches, but it might be tasty for bigger kids lunches at work or uni or as a dip.
This dessert recipe from the New Idea is an interesting take on the old chocolate ripe cake from the ’60s. Not sure you’d get away with it only costing $3.50 to make these days, but it would still be an economical dessert for 6 people.