Recipes in the Australian Women's Weekly come in three main categories - the featured recipes in each issue, the recipes sent in by readers for prize consideration, and recipes which feature in advertisements. The format of many Kraft advertisements from this year was an 'advertorial' style recipe column which gives recipes, general cooking advice and some household tips - all linking back to Kraft products. The one in the August 2nd issue is giving fish recipes for a 'couponless' meal plan, a reminder that there was still food rationing in force in 1947. I was particularly struck by the recipe for Mock Mushroom soup, as that seems like a strange thing to mock up.
|I cannot imagine being so desperate for vague taste of mushroom that I would serve this.|
Still, never say never. Australian Women's Weekly, Aug 2 1947, p12.
|Didn't win the first prize at the time, but it was the best of the issue's recipes from my point of view.|
Australian Women's Weekly, Aug 9 1947, p54.
|Delicious cake, ready to be eaten with afternoon tea.|
|The apple cake before icing.|
|After adding the glaze.|
Sadly not all food can be awesome cake. I also tried out two savoury recipes.
The first was another reader recipe, this time one that won the first prize for that week - Savory Steak Snacks. You make a savoury mince mix up into balls, make a cheese pastry, and combine into cute parcels which are baked. In theory anyway.
|Less than cute snacks.|
The next recipe I tried I didn't even attempt to serve to the men in my life - I made it as lunch for myself on a work day when my son is at preschool. 'Creamed Eggs and Celery' was one of the magazine's own recipes for a feature titled Speedy Luncheons.
|Australian Women's Weekly, Aug 9 1947, p53|
It was tasty (the smooth white sauce and hard boiled egg contrasting nicely with the softened yet still substantial celery and red capsicum and the crunchy toast), and I can see how it would be a perfectly pleasant, warm lunch meal but I don't think it will enter my regular go-to solo lunches.
There were easily half a dozen other recipes I could have tried, but I had to limit myself in anticipation of September!