Sunday, July 17, 2011

Tuna Patties

My Mum used to make these often when I was young. she had no real recipe so they were always different but always so good. just use  mashed potato as a base but please don't add butter or milk as mix will be unsusable for the patties (been there,done that) add tuna, onion, carrot to the mashed potato. add seasoning and form into. patties,  coat in breadcrumbs if desired before frying.......salmon  also works well.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Basic Butter Cake

This cake is quick & easy to make and is the base for many different cake versions including marble cake & lamingtons. you can ice it or not, your choice. I iced mine with a lemon icing.  sorry about the pic but I cut it before remembering to take a photo! oopps ;)

4 oz butter
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups self raising flour
small pinch salt
approx 1/2 cup milk
cream, butter, sugar, vanilla together untill light and fluffy. add eggs one at a time beating well.fold in dry ingredients (sifted) alternately with the milk. spoon into greased  7 or 8 inch tin and bake in moderate oven  50-60 minutes or untill done.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Along with lemon meringue pavlova is my favourite dessert, yes its rich and sweet but also delicious. I don't really like the soft spongy inside bit of the pavs meringue so make my pavlova somewhat flat rather done high & domed. recipe from Old Aussie Food Recipes!
4 egg whites at room temperature
1 cup castor sugar (granulated)
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp cornflour
1 tsp vanilla flavour
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. With an electric mixer beat the egg whites until soft peaks form then gradually add the sugar. Beat until firm. Add the cornflour, vinegar and vanilla. When combined, turn out into a flat tray that has been greased and dusted with cornflour. Try a circular shape with slightly more mixture at the edges, so that it may be served by placing goodies in the centre depression.
Cook in a pre-heated, cool (250 deg. f) oven for one hour. When cooked, turn the oven off, leave the oven door slightly ajar, and allow to cool slowly in the oven. This slow cooling works to prevent the loss of too much height. Serve cold, with whipped cream and fresh fruit pieces, strawberries, pineapple, mango, etc.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Beef Stroganoff

beef stroganoff might be considered  somewhat old fashioned but I love it. perhaps its so 70's but its still so good! recipe mostly from The Australian Womans Weekly Cookbook 1970 edition except I add a little tomato paste to the recipe.

2 lb rump or fillet steak
1/2 lb mushrooms
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon salt
1 onion
1 oz butter
cut meat into strips approx 1/2 inch by 2 inch. melt butter in pan & fry chopped onion, add meat and continue to cook untill almost done. add sliced mushrooms, fry until meat is tender. pour in sour cream, season to taste & heat through gently.