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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
Feather cake || Spring cleaning hints || Shrewsbury biscuits || Gingerbread || Rice cake || More handy hints ||Queen of puddings || Surprise cake || Queen cakes || Handy hints || Turkish delight || Melrose cakes || Cocoanut biscuits || Irish cake || Bachelor's buttons || Kisses biscuits
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Glorious Days: Australia 1913 was on show at the National Museum of Australia from 7 March to 13 October 2013.