An old cookbook in our collection

The Presbyterian Cookery Book of Good and Tried Recipes was bought in 1975, the year we were married. I am not sure if it was the tartan on the cover that prompted the purchase or the fact that it was Presbyterian based or maybe even the recommendations on the back of the book?

Anyway the book has remained unused on our shelves for many years since it was last opened but I had cause to refer to it when I wanted a scone recipe without lemonade as I had no lemonade on hand for my usual recipe.

This was the recipe I used but only after much discussion with my husband about what quantity a gill was.

Fortunately there was a page at the back of the book that provided some information but my husband and I then had a discussion about the number of ounces in a pint.  There is a difference in the American pint and the UK pint so not quite sure what the Australian version was. I think it depends on the jug you use, where it was made I guess.

I ended up using tablespoons and the scones turned out fine.

As an aside I love the emergency measures at the bottom of the page.  Fine if you work in the Imperial system but Australian measurements are metric.

Going back to the actual benefits of this cookery book one would be influenced by the comments on the back of the book?  Well worth a read.

Progress in the village

“Start your day with coffee, end your day with wine.”  This sign is on the rebuilt restaurant in Metung village.  Those of you who follow the blog will remember that a fire destroyed the building about 18 months ago and the building had to be rebuilt like-for-like. The community is eagerly awaiting the opening of the new restaurant which is called Aroma.

They have branded it as a coffee house and eatery.

At the moment the windows are covered over but things are happening inside.  It will be great when it finally opens.  It must be such a difficult time for businesses during the pandemic.

Four for a bike ride. Yipee!

Our first bike ride since the pandemic restrictions started. We had a terrific ride from Bumberrah to Bruthen and back.  As you can see we finished with a picnic.

I have really missed being able to ride with my friends and it was delightful to be able to ride with them again.

I know Mothers’ Day was a while ago but I wanted to share this.

For Mothers’ Day my younger daughteer had organised for us to have a FaceTime morning tea.  We would be having morning tea but online, not an actual meeting.

Having seen a post on the Local Business page of Facebook I thought it would be a good idea to support one of the local businesses. The Mitchell River Tavern in Bairnsdale was advertising a morning tea package. It looked like it would be well worth the money so I booked it and was advised to collect it the day before Mothers’ Day.

When I collected the box I was told to put the box in the fridge overnight.

The box was beautifully presented and I was amazed at the amount of food contained within – far more than I would need.

Very clever to include a voucher to encourage me to visit the Tavern when the quarantine is over.

We had a lovely morning tea and then I, along with my husband,  ate the remainder for afternoon tea and morning tea the following day.


An essential trip to Perry Bridge for tomatoes

Tomato sauce is an essential for my younger daughter’s family.  I make the sauce which has become the firm favourite for the family.  We had been hoping to get sauce tomatoes from the local greengrocer but the price was a bit expensive.  We have been fortunate in previous years to get our tomatoes from a farmer at Perry Bridge but last year he didn’t have a crop.  We were lucky this year as he had an advertisement in the local paper saying that he had tomatoes for sale this year so we made the 150 km round trip to get the tomatoes. $15 for a ten kilo box.

We also bought some capsicum from him and I already had the garlic and onions.

The box had ten kilos so I cooked the sauce in 2 kilo lots.

I prepared each of the spice lots and chopped the tomatoes and onions in 5 batches.

Here you can see I have completed two batches and there are three waiting for the next lot of cooking.I chop the onion in the food processor but do the tomatoes by hand.

This lets you see if the sauce is ready for bottling.  This wasn’t ready as you can see that the liquid has separated.  The mixture needed to be cooked for longer.

It took two days to complete the ten kilos but it was well worth it.