Monday, 23 February 2015

Who's Up For A Retro Meal Plan?

I just love the 1940s and 1950s (and the 1830s, 1840s, 1900s)! Ok, really anytime in the past after about 1800 and before 1959!
But the 1950s housewife has struck a chord with so many, if you look around homemaker blogs for a while. Classy, always lovely, perfect taste - what's not to love? I so want to be her.

Oh to look this well put together when I am cooking and serving dinner!

So this week we are going retro! Cause who doesn't need some tinned pineapple rings and bright red glace cherries right about now?!

A trip to the library yielded some treasures.

The first cookbook is a re-issue of an original Women's Weekly cookbook. So the recipes have all been revamped and it has 'then and now' comparisons. So not an original cookbook but the artwork is divine.

It includes double page spreads from the original recipe book. How fabulous do those desserts look?! I remember when piping whipped cream in intricate patterns was all the rage. So I did some of my own!
We had many, many strawberries to use this weekend. The strawberry farm sells strawberries in town on Tuesday and Friday every week. Last Friday, I bought two kilos and hubby bought two kilos as well! So I made this retro styled strawberry mousse.

I had to double the recipe as this recipe was only for mini desserts. It was yum!

On a random note, this is my retro Home Baker piping bag set. Love it.

The Green and Gold Cookery Book was a staple in most Australian households and Home Economics classes. It was first published in 1923. This is a republished edition, but the recipes and layout have not been changed. Not sure on some of the recipes though. The very first recipe in the book, in the breakfast section, is Brains In Batter. I don't think I would be very happy to wake up to that being served for breakfast! Fricassee of Sheep's Tongues for luncheon also sounds rather unappetising!

So to the actual meal plan.

Monday - Shepherds Pie (The Retro Cookbook), Waldorf Salad

Tuesday - Devilled Eggs (The Retro Cookbook), Grilled Fish (The Green and Gold Cookery Book), Green Salad

Wednesday - Corned Beef with Parsley Sauce (The Retro Cookbook), Roast Veggies, Asparagus (The Green and Gold Cookery Book directs you to boil asparagus gently for 30 minutes - maybe not!)

Thursday - Salmon Cakes (The Green and Gold Cookery Book), Potato Salad, Coleslaw

Friday - Beef Wellington (The Retro Cookbook), Scalloped Parsnips (The Green and Gold Cookery Book), Steamed Green Veggies (I am afraid I just cannot do the 'boil gently for 30 minutes recommended for all green veggies, even spinach, by The Green and Gold Cookery Book; so I am going to cheat and steam them!)

Saturday - Potato Chowder (The Green and Gold Cookery Book), bread rolls, Cherry Meringue (The Green and Gold Cookery Book)

Sunday - Leftovers / make your own

Recipe for Cherry Meringue (from The Green and Gold Cookery Book 1923)

Beat together one cup of bread crumbs, half a cup of sugar, the yolk of one egg and a pint of milk; bake in a pie dish; when set cover with stewed cherries (stoned and well sweetened). Beat up the white of an egg with one tablespoon of caster sugar until very stiff; spread over the fruit.
Put in a cool oven for five minutes to set; serve cold.
Note: In an electric cooker, bake at 325 degrees F.

Try it, if you like!

And does anyone else remember these lollies? This ad was in The Retro Cookbook. They were my absolute favourite - these and the now so politically incorrect Fags! They have now been renamed Fads.

This list is fun - the Definitive Ranking of Australian Lollies and Chocolates. 
Caramello Koala is Number One!

Have a lovely week!

Linking today with I'm An Organising Junkie for Menu Plan MondayAt Home With Mrs M for Meal Planning Monday and Darling Downs Diaries for Good Morning Mondays.


  1. Wow Jayne can I come and eat at your house. I love these recipe books too, and we enjoy crumbed sheep brains on occasion too. They are quite nice, crunchy on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside - Okay I'll stop. I love you meal plan and I hope everyone appreciates your hard work. Thanks for sharing this great post a Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

    1. I must admit to never having eaten brains, except one horrible occasion as a child. So many food phobias come from being fed something that was just awful as a child! Maybe I should try them again as I know it is just a mind thing; if I wasn't told what they were, it would probably be fine! I love all the old CWA cookbooks too - wonderful!

  2. Love these cookbooks! I have some of my Grandmother's old cookbooks, but for some crazy reason never thought to cook from them! You have given me inspiraiton!

    1. Thanks! I love old cookbooks. Good luck with finding some new/old recipes!

  3. Ooh my goodness! I need to get some old cookbooks! As in yesterday! What a fun idea! Your meal plan also sounds delicious and I have a major devoted eggs craving!

  4. Ooh my goodness! I need to get some old cookbooks! As in yesterday! What a fun idea! Your meal plan also sounds delicious and I have a major devoted eggs craving!

    1. I love reading the little tips in them as well. Like the book I am reading this week has a whole section on how to cope with the 'new fangled' electric style cooker! I love history, particularly domestic, home front type history, and they are like a fun history book for me. Thanks for visiting!

  5. I absolutely adore this post. I collect old cookbooks and recipe boxes also and love to convert the recipes to today's ingredients which sometimes requires research as many of the handwritten recipes called for 25 cents of ground meat or some such ingredient. I truly believe I was meant to live in the retro eras - everything was so much more "civilized".

    1. Thanks so much! I would love to come over and see your collection! Absolutely born in the wrong era. I also collect vintage knitting and sewing patterns. My mum just moved house and couldn't fit them in, so I just inherited her collection of Stitchcraft magazines. Wow, some great patterns in there.