Possum Pie, Beetroot Beer and Lamingtons

Austrlian_Family_RecipesDelving back into dusty bookshelves and family notebooks, as well as state and private collections, widely experienced author Victoria Heywood has retrieved some recipes which might have otherwise faded from our memories.

This book brings together around 500 'lost' dishes that carry the reader back to the era when Australia's infant cuisine began, through world wars, the Depression and on to more recent times.

To fit the image the publishers have reproduced old advertisements, and cookbook and magazine pages. It all appears so authentic, you get the feeling that great-grandma could open the book, put on her apron and start cooking as if she hadn't missed half a century or so!

Understandably, many of the dishes are simple and thrifty. Offal is popular, suet is in common use, and mutton features instead of lamb. There are kitchen tips too. "How failures arise" warns one page in the Teatime Delights section. "How to dress well on a small sum" appears opposite an ad for Kayser stockings, just before the page which explains how to use tomatoes nine ways.

This book is a compendium of recipes from the past, the ghosts of meals gone by. They are all attributed to someone, somewhere, who may have cooked them, and - depending on the skills of that long-gone cook - may or may not deserve to be recreated today.

We all know lamingtons, but what about the other dishes in the title? Beetroot Beer is here, on page 293, for those brave enough to try it. There's the Possum Pie too on page 139, but not many of us would even contemplate cooking the following dish - Goanna Tail in Parsley Sauce!

Eclectic and sometimes hilarious, there's just the chance you'll find something here which will become a family favourite which will pass on down through further generations.

If nothing else it is an edible history lesson about this country and its food.

Possum Pie, Beetroot Beer and Lamingtons - Australian family recipes from 1868-1950, by Victoria Heywood, published by Slattery Media Group, 2011, rrp $25, paperback, ISBN: 978 1 921778 27 8

 

- Sally Hammond

 

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Related Articles

231_15676799571_5105_n

 

 

Www.Foodandtravel.Com.Au - Australia

Best Food Travel Website 2021

 


foodandtravel.com.au has been awarded

Best Antipodean Culinary Travel Expert, 2019

by the prestigious UK-based magazine...

 

 

 

A fantastic 'botanical' winery in NSW that you should not miss seeing.

See all about if HERE–>

 


 

It's worth taking a driving trip through country South Australia...

...winelands, long views, great seafood and more.

Find it HERE>>>

 


 

Where has WA's Great Southern and all the (wild)flowers gone?

You'll find them now permanently HERE...

 


 

If you are wondering where the GREAT IDEAS for Virtual Travel have gone to....

...they are HERE>>>

 


 

Missed seeing Esperance Western Australia ~ and Skylab?

HERE it is....

 


 

Georgia offers another world outside the capital...

Find out about it HERE>>>

 


 

World city options - take note....

...for when you travel again!

 


 

LISTEN TO SALLY'S PODCASTS...

...from all around the world

Tune in and hear her talks on     

Radio 2GB 873AM....

 

 


 

Jigsaws and fishy things...

...Nova Scotia has this and so much more.

 


 

History and beauty with a dash of fun...

...and that's just the beginning of Armenia!

 


 

Zany Zadar & Croatia's north

Crazy and beautiful, a place everyone should visit.

Read more...

 


 

Lovely Lisbon ~ and beyond. Sardines and secrets!

Find out much more here.... 

 


 

Where did cool Colombo go?

It's here!

 


 

Two virtual visits to Ontario

here....

AND

.....here!

 


 

Where is Tbilisi? 

Once you discover its beauty and history, you will be making plans to visit as soon as you can.

Read more....

 


 

Madrid the marvelous - so much to see in Spain's capital.

See it all here....

 


 

If you missed reading about Thailand's organic produce....

Here is the new link....

 


 

Colour comes to Green Summer

See what is happening in Australia's northernmost city this summer....

 


 

Here's something fun to check out!

The world's most popular surnames ....

...by country

 


 

~ Northern Spain ~

mountains and miracles - and much more!

After this journey, many people will never see the world the same way again.

 

Find out why....

 


 

Visit the beautiful heart of

Portugal....

Gondolas, cathedrals, cakes and a palace thrown in for good measure.

See for yourself!

 


 

And how about these vineyards in Georgia?

See other gardens in strange locations here....

 


 

Now this IS unusual! The Golden Bridge near Da Nang in Vietnam

(Photo: psyajh1004)

+++
See  more on this video....

 


 

Australia, the land of long straight roads.

Cross the country with us and see some more of them...

 


 

Make your own food and travel videos? YES YOU CAN!

Gordon Hammond gives some insider tips.....

 


 

Travelling to Sydney? The northern beaches are spectacular.

See what we mean...

 


 

For an exotic travel experience, go glamping in the desert.

Where do you think this is?

 


 

Hungary has something for every traveller.

Especially those who love good food...