LAYERED EGGPLANT AND TOMATOES

This 1990s recipe comes from a collection printed by The Australian Women’s Weekly – Delicious Vegetables from the Microwave.  Two things give its age away.  One, it mentions the wattage of the microwave something you don’t see in recipes now and two, it shows you how to salt and drain the eggplants, which you now longer need to do.  Despite those things it’still a nice easy vegetable dish.

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MEXICAN FIESTA RICE

I’m sure there’s a much more authentic way to make Mexican rice around now, but back in February 1972 Sunwhite rice published this recipe in the Woman’s Day.  It mightn’t be a true taste of Mexico, but could still be a tasty dish.

OCTOPUS IN RED WINE

Unless you’ve already bought 2kg of baby octopus it’s too late to make this recipe for Easter, but don’t worry it’d be good at any time of the year.  It comes from a Women’s Weekly ‘Let’s Go Greek!’ supplement, I like it because it gives clear instructions on how to prepare the baby octopus.

BAKED SAUSAGES WITH ITALIAN BEANS

The thing I like about this recipe is that you don’t have to fry the onions and sausages before you put them in the casserole dish to cook – saving one step not to mention the washing up.  It’s not a fancy dish, but maybe a good quick one for a busy night.

POTATO MOUSSAKA

As this says it’s not a traditional moussaka.  Traditional Greek moussaka is made with eggplant and this recipe uses potato in it’s place.  I think that using both eggplant and potato would work really well too, but making a traditional mince and tomato base sauce would probably be a lot better than a can of braised steak and onions.