The Mixing Bowl
Hello and welcome to the Mixing Bowl, our exploration of recipes from Home Cookery for Australia: All Tested Recipes. This well-loved cookbook came across our path as we purchased research material for the exhibition Glorious Days: Australia 1913.
Home Cookery for Australia
Home Cookery for Australia was originally compiled by the Presbyterian Women's Missionary Union of Victoria. The fourth edition was published in Melbourne in 1913.
As we delved further into the book, some of the recipes seemed a bit different by today's methods and tastes. There are no detailed instructions. Some entries only list the ingredients and very few have temperature settings for cooking.
It includes chapters on Meat and Made Dishes (Roasting, Boiling, Stewing and Frying) and Invalid Cookery. The book also offers advice on subjects including the removal of stale cigar smoke and rendering onions digestible.
We work full-time caring for the National Museum Library and although we love books, we love cooking for our families even more. We decided to try our hand at some of the recipes in the book, and to share the results with our family and colleagues during Glorious Days.
We hope you enjoy the results and would love to hear about your interpretation of these recipes and others from this era.
Noellen Newton and Naomi Newton
National Museum of Australia Library
The Mixing Bowl: Behind the scenes
Tuesday 11 June and Thursday 13 June, 12.30pm to 1.30pm
In June, come and explore the Museum's Library and all it has to offer. Meet the Library staff who will guide you through our rich book collection, including the publications from 1913 that were the inspiration for their food blog, The Mixing Bowl.
This event is booked out.
Glorious Days: Australia 1913 will be on show at the National Museum of Australia from 7 March to 13 October 2013. Costs apply.