Classic Australian Recipes

… from family favourites to forgotten gems …

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

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...

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

With the addition of a few magic ingredients, broccoli and cauliflower can be transformed into a mouth-watering 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...

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...

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

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...

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 Nana Ling’s recipes (and other family favourites) 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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Passionfruit Curd

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Ginger Sponge Cake

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Mars Bar Slice

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Butterfly Cakes

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Keen’s Chicken Curry

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Honey Joys (for Grown-ups)

If you loved Honey Joys as a child, you'll go crazy for this "grown-up" version of Honey Joys as an adult.  A Corn Flakes treat called...Recently, there was some debate about what Aussies call the cornflake treats in patty cases that are made with honey, butter and...

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...

Date and Walnut Slice

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