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Recipes

Cakes and muffins

Cherry Ripe Love Cake

Cherry Ripe Love Cake

This one's for you Cherry Ripe lovers. This heart-shaped cake is packed with the gorgeous flavours of Australia's favourite and oldest chocolate bar, the Cherry Ripe.  You'll need just minutes to whip up this Cherry Ripe Love Cake. And it might disappear just as...

Jelly Lamingtons

Jelly Lamingtons

If you love traditional Lamingtons, then you might like to try this pretty variation. Jelly Lamingtons are a delectable twist on this Aussie favourite.Making Jelly LamingtonsThe process of making jelly Lamingtons is much the same as the process for the chocolate...

Lamington Recipe

Lamington Recipe

This Lamington Recipe delivers everything that is wonderful about the Aussie icon – perfect sponge cake and a rich chocolate sauce, all rolled up in plenty of coconut. Here, we'll take a quick peek into the history of the Lamington before running through the steps...

Pavlova

Pavlova

It's the wonderful dessert that both Australians and New Zealanders call their own. This pavlova recipe creates pav perfection, with a smooth and fluffy marshmallow centre encased in a delicate and crisp meringue shell. Top it with whipped cream and fruit, add a...

Floral Fruit Cake

Floral Fruit Cake

This fragrant floral fruit cake incorporates flower essences and Jordan almonds along with all the usual fruit and alcohol ingredients. It has all those things that make fruit cakes so darn wonderful.Something a bit differentThis year, I wanted to make a Christmas...

Butterscotch Pinwheel Scones

Butterscotch Pinwheel Scones

If you love scones, you'll love testing out this sweet twist on the traditional recipe. These Butterscotch Scones are best matched with a cuppa and a lazy afternoon.Making pinwheel sconesThis recipe is named "Butterscotch Curls" in Nana Ling's recipe book, but when I...

Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake

This old-fashioned lemon cake recipe has a charm that defies the years. Bake it now and bring some sweet, lemony loveliness to your day. Lemons: always in season and always usefulWhile lemons are more plentiful in winter, they're generally available year round. Which...

Honey Joys

Honey Joys

Honey Joys are the sweet, crunchy and golden treats many of us first discovered at a kids party many years ago. If you're looking for the best Honey Joys recipe, you're in the right place. We've perfected the recipe to deliver this one you'll want to add to your...

Ginger Sponge Cake

Ginger Sponge Cake

This Ginger Sponge Cake is also known as Ginger Blowaway Sponge Cake. As the name suggests, it's a deliciously light and fluffy cake that's warmed with ginger and spices.This cake was created from the top down. After finding these lovely dehydrated orange slices at my...

Biscuits

Macadamia Cookies

Macadamia Cookies

These Macadamia Cookies contain all the right ingredients for the ultimate Australian snack.  Aussie-grown macadamias, a crunchy old-fashioned biscuit recipe, a sprinkling of white choc chips and native spices make these cookies absolutely irresistible.  ...

Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Christmas Shortbread Cookies

These Christmas Shortbread Cookies are made with an 80-year-old shortbread recipe and a beautifully handcrafted embossed rolling pin. I can see myself enjoying one or two of these with a cuppa in the quiet of the night after a loud and busy Christmas Day. Sound like a...

Choc Caramilk Cookies

Choc Caramilk Cookies

Australians and New Zealanders are going CRAZY over the return of Cadbury Caramilk chocolate. If you've finally managed to get your hands on a block of this golden chocolate goodness, add these Choc Caramilk Cookies to your recipe folder. It's back! It's back and what...

Easter Biscuits

Easter Biscuits

Want to enjoy an Easter treat minus the chocolate overload? These Easter Biscuits are light and crisp, with a delicate spiced flavour and only a teeny bit of white chocolate. I've adapted this Easter Biscuits recipe from Nana Ling's lovely Monte Carlo recipe....

Fruit and Nut Clusters

Fruit and Nut Clusters

Packed with sultanas, peel and peanuts, and topped with a little white chocolate, these fruit and nut clusters are only a little bit naughty and a lot nice.  We've decorated them here with red cherries and crushed green pistachio to add a little Christmas magic. This...

Monte Carlo Biscuits

Monte Carlo Biscuits

We've already made Butternut Cookies and Iced VoVo Biscuits here in the Cooking with Nana Ling kitchen. This recipe is for  another biscuit made famous by Arnott's: the Monte Carlo Biscuit. The Monte Carlo was first manufactured by Arnott's back in 1926. Growing up in...

Butter Ball Cookies

Butter Ball Cookies

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Iced VoVo

Iced VoVo

The Iced VoVo has been a favourite in my family since I can remember. Nana Ling marked this Iced VoVo recipe with a couple of crosses, her rating system for special recipes, suggesting it was popular in the family long before I was born! It's not just my family who...

Choc Orange Jelly Crystal Cookies

Choc Orange Jelly Crystal Cookies

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Desserts

Pavlova Grazing Board

Pavlova Grazing Board

Pavlova Grazing Boards became a huge hit recently. We've used a summer fruits theme to prepare our version of this popular dessert.Pavlova – just how you like itOver Christmas 2019, Shalini Nestor of Swish Biscuits shared her pavlova grazing board creation. Pavlova...

Mango Pudding

Mango Pudding

This chilled mango pudding is made with tapiaco pearls and fresh mango. Topped with coconut cream, berries and mint, it's the perfect end (or start) to a summer day.Mangoes: the perfect summer-time treatWe have so many wonderful summer fruits to enjoy here in...

Rum Balls

Rum Balls

These rum balls are made with good ol' Aussie Weetbix. I researched several old-fashioned recipes to come up with a recipe that delivers perfectly soft and delicious balls of rum bliss. (If you don't have weetbix in your country, don't fear. You can use 120 grams of a...

Pavlova

Pavlova

It's the wonderful dessert that both Australians and New Zealanders call their own. This pavlova recipe creates pav perfection, with a smooth and fluffy marshmallow centre encased in a delicate and crisp meringue shell. Top it with whipped cream and fruit, add a...

Crunchy Peanut Balls

Crunchy Peanut Balls

These Crunchy Peanut Balls are exactly what you'd expect from the name – choc-coated balls of crunchy, peanut-y bliss.  They're so good, you may need to hide them!  A treat worth hiding (or sneaking)My mum often used to make these little treats for family parties...

Carrot Pudding

Carrot Pudding

This old-fashioned carrot pudding recipe was recorded by Nana Ling on 17 October 1939. Nearly 80 years later, I can say that this recipe definitely stands the test of time.  Carrots and pudding: a winning combo?I found this recipe after picking up this wonderful...

Mint Rocky Road

Mint Rocky Road

Rocky Road is an all-time favourite and this minty version might just make your new favourites list.The peanut or biscuit crunch in traditional rocky road is replaced with chopped peppermint crisp bars, while spearmint leaves add the chewy, gooey factor.   A...

Lemon Meringue Tart

Lemon Meringue Tart

Lemon Meringue Tart is one of my mum's specialties and is high on my list of childhood favourites.  This recipe is from the pages of my great grandmother's recipe book and one of the key ingredients is another of my childhood favourites – condensed milk.  I'd...

Christmas Pudding

Christmas Pudding

It may be steaming hot in Australia most Christmas days, but the traditional Christmas pudding – served hot with custard – is still on my Christmas dessert menu. The first mouthful transports me straight back to my early Christmases, sitting around fold-up tables with...

PIES AND TARTS

Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch Apple Pie

This Dutch Apple Pie recipe is from the pages of Nana Ling's handwritten recipe book and dated November 1942. Dutch Apple Pie recipes go back to the middle ages, according to Wikipedia, and are characterised by a crust on the bottom and sides, apple slices, cinnamon...

Lemon Meringue Tart

Lemon Meringue Tart

Lemon Meringue Tart is one of my mum's specialties and is high on my list of childhood favourites.  This recipe is from the pages of my great grandmother's recipe book and one of the key ingredients is another of my childhood favourites – condensed milk.  I'd...

Pineapple Tart

Pineapple Tart

Tinned pineapple isn't the most glamorous of ingredients, but in this Pineapple Tart Recipe it is completely transformed. The pineapple filling is out of this world – a little bit custardy, a little bit tropical, a little bit old-fashioned and completely addictive....

Savoury and snackS

Corn Relish Dip

Corn Relish Dip

This corn relish dip recipe is so easy, it may just be the most basic recipe in my jam-packed family recipe collection. The dip, on the other hand, reaches dizzy heights of tastiness. It's so good that I've never tired of it in 30+ years. It's one of those things in...

Faye’s Parsley Fritters

Faye’s Parsley Fritters

 My mother-in-law, Faye, was a fabulous cook, and would often land on our doorstep with a plate of something. Often, that plate was filled with these delicious little parsley fritters – still warm. Faye lived all her life in Australia and had a broad Australian...

Keen’s Chicken Curry

Keen’s Chicken Curry

Keens chicken curry is a retro favourite, made famous by Aussie mums. If your mum didn't make a version of this growing up, well you really missed out! But you no longer have to miss out, because I've recreated my own Mum's version of this Aussie classic, with a few...

Spanish Rice

Spanish Rice

Spanish Rice is traditionally a side dish in Mexican cuisine.  Its simple ingredient list, full flavour and versatility, though, makes it more widely appealing. A search of Australia's digitised newspapers on the Trove website shows that Spanish Rice was quite popular...

Cheese Biscuits (with savoury filling)

Cheese Biscuits (with savoury filling)

These Cheese Biscuits with savoury filling can be served as a little something to enjoy with a drink or as a welcome addition to any finger food platter. The recipe is from 1938 – a year before Nana Ling started writing hundreds of recipes onto the pages of the...

Scotch Pancakes

Scotch Pancakes

We're big fans of pancakes in our house, however we hadn't come across a recipe for Scotch Pancakes before. Hubby thought there may have been a drop of Scotch whisky in them, but – no – they're completely kid-friendly. Scotch Pancakes Also known as drop scones, these...

Mock Chicken

Mock Chicken

This old fashioned Mock Chicken recipe is a firm family favourite. All of my aunts and cousins will think of just one person when this recipe is mentioned: our Nan MacDonald, Nana Ling's daughter. Nan Mac, as we all called her, would turn up at our family gatherings...

Pikelets

Pikelets

Who doesn't love pikelets? They're a great all-rounder, perfect as an after-school snack, lunch box treat, quick and easy morning tea or sneaky midnight snack. They're also versatile. Eat them plain, with a generous swipe of butter and jam or drizzled with honey....

Nibble Nuts

Nibble Nuts

I imagined a bowl of flavoured peanuts when I started on this recipe, but what came out of the oven was something quite different. My nibble nuts were more like peanut cookies. Yes, cooking is about learning and perseverance at...

Condiments and conserves

Tomato Sauce Recipe

Tomato Sauce Recipe

This Tomato Sauce recipe will take you back to a time when the internet, Uber and Insta didn't exist – but tomato sauce tasted a whole lot better. Remember what tomato sauce used to taste like? You will once you cook up a batch of this! Enjoy it slathered on a meat...

Passionfruit Curd

Passionfruit Curd

Passionfruit pulp: is there anything that smells so wonderful, looks so exotic and conjures up so many recipe ideas? Nana Ling has quite a few lovely recipes jotted down in her notebooks, including this simple passionfruit curd recipe. Growing PassionfruitWhen we...

Raspberry and Rosella Jam

Raspberry and Rosella Jam

If you need something to brighten your day, this raspberry and rosella jam may be the answer. It'll brighten not just your day but the weeks ahead as you enjoy it on toast, scones or wherever else you can squeeze in some jam. It's inspired by one of Nana Ling's jam...

Blood Orange Marmalade

Blood Orange Marmalade

There's something very decadent about blood oranges, with their pretty crimson-infused flesh and the berry-like flavour which swirls through the citrus tang. They're certainly lovely to eat on their own, and are just as wonderful as an ingredient in...

Simple Strawberry Jam

Simple Strawberry Jam

This strawberry jam recipe satisfies my two top jam-making essentials: it's simple and it works! The recipe is the product of my experimentation with Nana Ling's Mandarin Jam Recipe and a few other jam recipes I've tested over the years.I must admit I've always been a...

Easy Lemon Curd

Easy Lemon Curd

    This easy lemon curd recipe uses just one lemon and takes about 15 minutes to put together. For that 15 minutes of effort you get a medium jar of lemon curd which can last for a week or two when stored in the fridge – though I guarantee it won't last...

Mandarin Jam

Mandarin Jam

Make breakfast extra special with homemade jam. Whether you prefer toast, croissants or crumpets, this Mandarin Jam is the perfect accompaniment. (I can certainly vouch for the croissant and Mandarin Jam option!) The original Mandarin Jam recipe is dated July 1941 and...

Nan Mac’s Mock Cream

Nan Mac’s Mock Cream

My Nan Mac was the Queen of Sponge Cakes. This is her old-fashioned boiled mock cream recipe.

Slices

Caramel Slice

Caramel Slice

This baked Caramel Slice recipe combines three wonderful layers: a buttery biscuit base, a rich baked caramel in the middle and a smooth milk chocolate topping. Although there is some baking involved, the recipe is still a simple one. The baking guarantees a gorgeous...

Persian Rocky Road

Persian Rocky Road

Rocky Road is so easy to make and such an irresistible combination of ingredients. I've given it a Persian twist here, with pistachios, Turkish delight and scattered rose petals.The rocky road to AustraliaMany sources suggest that Rocky Road was invented in Australia...

Passionfruit Pecan Slice

Passionfruit Pecan Slice

This Passionfruit Pecan Slice combines a golden biscuit base with a creamy, zesty passionfruit topping.Passionfruit and pecansThese star ingredients are available in supermarkets nearly year round. I found them in season and fresh, the passionfruit from my own...

Caramilk Christmas Slice

Caramilk Christmas Slice

In Australia, we enjoy golden sunshine and beach sand at Christmas rather than snow. So, let's update the traditional White Christmas slice with something more appropriate – a golden Caramilk Christmas Slice.It's beginning to look a lot like a Caramilk ChristmasIf...

Cherry Ripe Slice

Cherry Ripe Slice

This Cherry Ripe Slice recipe uses just six ingredients and involves absolutely no baking. It's one of my mum's old recipes and was yet another of my childhood favourites.Cherry Ripe Slice: everybody's favouriteThis slice is based on the popular Cherry Ripe Bar, which...

Kit Kat Slice

Kit Kat Slice

Have a break. Have a Kit Kat. Or why not get to work in the kitchen instead and make this Kit Kat slice!A brief history of the Kit KatKit Kats went through a transformation in Nana Ling's time. Before World War II, Rowntree's of York produced a bar called the...

Mint Rocky Road

Mint Rocky Road

Rocky Road is an all-time favourite and this minty version might just make your new favourites list.The peanut or biscuit crunch in traditional rocky road is replaced with chopped peppermint crisp bars, while spearmint leaves add the chewy, gooey factor.   A...

Mars Bar Slice

Mars Bar Slice

Mars Bar Slice has been around for decades in Aussie home cooking, and was hugely popular in the 80's and early 90's. While padded shoulders, perms and neon are best left as memories, this slice is in an entirely different category. It's just as good today – and I...

Date and Walnut Slice

Date and Walnut Slice

Dates, walnuts and rosewater come together in this layered slice to create something that's definitely greater than the sum of its parts.Date and Walnut slice has always been a favourite of mine. My sister made a divine date slice with a lemon icing way back when we...

Salads

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

With the addition of a few magic ingredients, broccoli and cauliflower can be transformed into a flavour-packed salad. Don't believe me? Keep reading. This broccoli and cauliflower salad is based on my mum's recipe, which was one of those that used to get written down...

Drinks

Blood Orange Cordial

Blood Orange Cordial

Blood oranges are one of the prettiest fruits around and this Blood Orange Cordial takes advantage of both the colour and flavour of this wonderful winter fruit.Last week we made Passionfruit Cordial. It was a hit in our house and we used up 12 of the passionfruit...

Passionfruit Cordial

Passionfruit Cordial

Bottling the magic of passionfruit pulp with your own passionfruit cordial means you can enjoy that magic tang with a little added fizz! Mixed with soda water, my little family is  going big-time crazy about Nana Ling's passionfruit cordial.Why make it when you can...

Lemon and Mint Cordial

Lemon and Mint Cordial

This Lemon and Mint Cordial recipe is an adaptation of Nana Ling's Passionfruit Cordial recipe. It's inspired by the sweet lemon and mint drinks that are popular throughout Egypt, but the best thing about this cordial is that you can mix it to the sweetness of your...

Ceylon Punch

Ceylon Punch

Nothing says summer (and party time) like punch. This Ceylon Punch recipe is non-alcoholic, so everyone can enjoy it. It's also a little bit special. Eighty years ago, my great Nana Ling entered it in a weekly recipe competition with her local paper, The Maitland...

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