Tag Archives: P.W.M.U Cookery Book

Unfortunate advertisements in old Australian cookbooks – No. 1

7 Nov

In the 1921 edition of this book:

P.W.M.U Cookery Book of Victoria 1921

We find this:

Kiwi advertisement in PWMU Cookery Book of Victoria

Look out for more of these in this irregular new series…

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A recipe for ravioli…

26 Sep

For kicks these days, I spend a lot of time looking for Italian recipes in Australian cookbooks. The one below comes from the 1961 edition of the P.W.M.U. Cookery Book. It left me asking one question. Read it, and see if you can figure out what that question was:

Ravioli

1lb. rissole steak, 1 cup diced celery, 1 chopped onion, 1 dessertspoon curry powder.

Heat a dessertspoon of oil and fry onion. Add curry powder, salt and pepper. Add steak and brown a little. Add 8 oz. tin tomato soup, celery and flavourings. Cook 1 cup spaghetti and add. Serve sprinkled with grated cheese.

The question, dear readers, is why? Why on earth is this recipe titled ‘Ravioli’? If ravioli, in its broadest definition, can be described as a stuffed pasta, this recipe is just, well, stuffed…

Bibliography

  • Jenkins, Gwen, Hanna, Betty, McMillan, Muriel and Presbyterian Women’s Missionary Union of Victoria¬†P.W.M.U. cookery book¬†(Rev., enl., redesigned and completely reset ed). Melbourne: Cheshire, 1961.