Classic Australian Recipes

… from family favourites to forgotten gems …

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....

Pumpkin Cake

The warm colours of autumn are a highlight of the season, and this Pumpkin Cake Recipe captures everything that's wonderful about autumn.There's the pumpkin, of course, which comes into peak season as the weather starts to turn cool. The maple cream cheese frosting...

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...

Victoria Sponge

Is there any dessert as regal as the  Victoria Sponge? Perched on a cake stand, with a jam and cream filling and icing sugar dusting , the Victoria Sponge is a quintessential afternoon tea treat. I've added some strawberries and cream on top of the sponge here, though...

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...

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...

Celebrating a long tradition of home cooking in the Hunter Valley

Nana Ling portrait

During the 1930's and 40's Nana Ling carefully recorded her recipes in a notebook.

She recorded hundreds of wonderful recipes, from classic sweets that we still love today to forgotten gems. She sometimes added a star rating and was always very precise.

Thanks to  a love of home cooking that's wound its way down the maternal line, that notebook eventually found its way to me, Libby, her great granddaughter.

In 2018, I started testing, tweaking and recording my great grandmother’s recipes here on this blog.

Making time for Cooking with Nana Ling every week – learning, remembering, and creating – has made me a happier home cook.

It’s inspired me to better align my cooking with the seasons, and reminded me of the memories that home cooking creates and the connections that can be made through a shared recipe.

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