Some years ago we were spending Christmas at a holiday house on the NSW south coast and our son decided to bring his girlfriend. That was no problem until it came to cooking Christmas lunch – she was a vegetarian………. Vegetarian Christmas recipes were few and far between in those days and I ended up serving her a stuffed eggplant. I just wish I’d found this recipe as it’s much more colorful and I suspect she would have enjoyed it more. Especially as the power went out due to a bushfire in the area and we ended up cooking the entire meal on the bbq – it was a very Australian Christmas.
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.
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.
These sausage shaped meatballs can be prepared a day ahead or even frozen, which is really handy. Making a casserole the day before you need it has the convenience factor, but as it can also improve the flavour, it can be a great idea.
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.
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.
When I was growing up our backyard in summer always had rows of tomato plants covered with fruit. Sadly I don’t think that’s the case in backyards any more, but if you do happen to have an abundance of tomatoes you might like to try making either of these two tomato jam recipes.
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.
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.
This recipe comes from an Australian Women’s Weekly ‘Pies without Pastry’ liftout dated August 1994. I love the first paragraph explaining what couscous is and where you can buy it. It was obviously a very new ingredient back then, quite a contrast to how easy it is to find in every supermarket now.