"The purchase of food is generally the responsibility of the home-maker, who should always endeavour to prpvide the family with nourishing and palatable meals."
"Arranging flowers for a party table may take some time and should be done early, when the matter can be given undivided attention."
* The pointers on table manners, which include
"You can add to the pleasant atmosphere of the meal if you contribute to the conversation with interesting topics."
* The parade of "classic" dishes, such as
- Tuna or salmon mornay
- Hamsteaks and pineapple (although it omits the glace cherry garnish, which frankly is a glaring gap in the performance of the domestic arts, if you ask me)
- Scotch eggs
- Sweet and sour pork casserole - yes, it has tinned pineapple in it
- An array of offal recipes, such as fricasee of brains, which requires the home-maker to acquire "2 sets brains" and simmer and strain them before removing the membranes and blood vessels. Gak!
- Macaroni and ham salad
- Golden syrup dumplings, which I love. We ate them a lot when I was a kid. It was the only dessert my mother knew how to cook when she was first married. Later came chocolate self-saucing pudding....mmmmm.
Needless to say, I'm pleased to see Cookery the Australian Way is still in print. That's the latest edition - the seventh - above, which is a special 60th anniversary edition, including special comments from people who have "fond memories" of using the book over the years. I think I might get me a copy.
I'm also pleased to see doyenne of the domestic arts Shirley Cameron is still in the CAW kitchen. She must be getting on a bit now.