An Australian icon leaves us.

One of Australia’s icons, the beloved Margaret Fulton, food writer and cook, passed away yesterday at the age of 94.

I think I probably came across her recipes for the first time in either of the magazines, Womans Weekly or New Idea.  She was the first female Australian cook to introduce us to the flavours of other nations.

I used many of her recipes when our children were young as the recipes were simple and easy for a working mother to follow.  Both of our daughters cooked from the Margaret Fulton Encyclopaedia of Food and Cookery when they were still school students.  Vegetable pie, first cooked in 1992 by my elder daughter, and  cinnamon teacake by my younger daughter, were both family favourites.

Back in 2017 I read her memoir, I Sang for my Supper – memories of a food writer, and I felt I knew her after reading it.  If you get the opportunity borrow the book from your library to learn more about this amazing Australian treasure, who incidentally was born in Scotland.

I have also reposted a post I wrote a few years ago when I was using one of the recipes from the encyclopaedia.



Attempting to re-use some of my old recipe books

I am making a conscious effort to use the numerous cookbooks I have in my possession.  I find that I tend to rely on just a few and I was going to do a cull of my books when I thought I really should go through them and pick out some recipes to try before I decide whether or not to pass them on.

What I have ended up doing is hanging on to all of the books and making sure that I take a recipe from a different cookbook each time I am looking for a recipe and that is how I ended up making this particular dish.

The recipe is taken from Everyday by Bill Granger.This book was published in 2006.  My how the time flies.  I used to use this book frequently but like all cookbooks it has been superceded by other books and has languished on my bookshelf without being used for some time.

The recipe I used was Prawn Salad with coconut dressing.  How I ended up using this recipe was my search for a recipe which would use two bunches of asparagus.

Such an easy recipe and it was delicious.

Cooking with children. . . .what are the best books?

Having our grandson with us we decided to let him do some cooking while he was here. I borrowed a book from the library and had marked a few recipes that I thought would be suitable.

DSCN1085Our grandson chose a recipe that he fancied, it wasn’t one of those I had marked, and we checked to make sure we had all the necessary ingredients. cookbook This recipe book is by Stephanie Alexander who started the Kitchen Garden Project in schools around Australia. The project has been highly successful and so I thought the book would be a good one for a recipe as the recipes had all been made in the schools that participate in the Kitchen Garden Project. The recipe was Baked Potatoes with Spring Onions and Grilled Cheese. recipe The trickiest part was scooping out the potatoes as there is always the danger that the scooping goes too deep and the skin gets broken but that didn’t happen as our grandson did it very carefully. scooped out The spring onions were chopped and mixed with the scooped out potato and some butter and cheese then returned to the skins. before bakingThe potato on the left was a left-over from the previous night. They were topped with cheese and a knob of butter and put in the oven to brown. finished articleHe was absolutely thrilled with the result as were we. Do you have a children’s cookbook you can recommend?  I can certainly recommend this one.

Cook books, cookery books or cooking ?

I finished my Ian Rankin novel on the weekend and I am now reading a non-fiction book.  I like to have a bit of a change every now and again.  The book I am now reading is The Puddding that Took a Thousand Cooks. It is another of my books that I have had for some time but haven’t got around to reading.  This is the cover of the 1998 edition I am reading.

The Pudding that Took a Thousand Cooks, written by the Australian author Michael Symons, charts the history of cooks since they wielded the first stone knives.

The book was first published in 1998 but was republished in 2004 as A History of Cooks and Cooking.

This is the American cover:

This is the English cover:

There are some reviews to be found at the Prospect books website .

From the back of the new edition:

Do you enjoy cooking or are you more the person who enjoys someone else’s cooking?  Do you consider yourself to be a good cook?