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Play Dough

For each different colour you make, use this quantity of ingredients.

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • food colouring
  • 1 cup water
  1. Mix a drop of food colouring into one cup of water & set aside
  2. Put the flour, salt and cream of tartar into a glass mixing bowl
  3. Stir in the oil and 1/2 the cup of coloured water
  4. Mix until there are no lumps
  5. Gradually stir in the rest of the coloured water
  6. Cook for 30 seconds in the microwave then stir
  7. Repeat step 6 until the mix forms a dough.
  8. Leave the play dough for a few minutes to cool


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Marshmallow Apricot Slice Recipe

  • 90g butterimg_6178
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar
  • 1 cup wholemeal plain flour
  • 125g dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 water
  • 1 sachet gelatine (1 dessert spoon)


  1. Line a 18cm x 28cm tray with greaseproof paper
  2. Cream butter and sugar
  3. Add flour and mix well
  4. Press the mix evenly into the tray
  5. Bake in at 180’C for 15 minutes


  • Put apricots and water into a saucepan
  • Cook on a low heat for about 10 minutes, until the apricots soft
  • Put the apricots in a blender or press them through a sieve
  • Spoon the apricot mix onto the slice base then spread it evenly

Marshmallow and to finish

  1. There is a knack to making marshmallow
  2. Boil sugar, water and gelatine for a few minutes
  3. As the mix cools, whisk occasionally & watch carefully
  4. Suddenly it starts to set, before it sets whip it until it thickens and goes white
  5. Act quickly as you spoon and spread the marshmallow onto the slice
  6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes

I have loved this slice since I was a child. It is my favourite slice. I used to just eat the marshmallow but now I love it all and think its a perfect combination.

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Tomato Sauce


  • 2kg tomatoes, peeled & chopped
  • 375g cooking apples, peeled & chopped
  • 1 cup malt vinegar
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  1. Place all the ingredients in a heavy saucepan
  2. Bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve sugar
  3. Cover and simmer for 80 minutes
  4. In batches put the sauce in the blender
  5. Simmer the sauce for 20 minutes more
  6. Wash and heat several medium/large jars
  7. Funnel the sauce into the hot jars and screw on the lids tightly
  8. As the sauce cools, the lids should invert

Make this when you have a massive crop of tomatoes. The sauce goes well with meat pie.
Recipe from: Australia the Beautiful, Cookbook, 1987 (p158)

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ANZAC Biscuits

  • IMG_62631 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup coconut
  • 2 tablespoons powdered milk
  • 2 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 150 grams butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoon sifted bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  1. Preheat oven to 180ᵒC
  2. Grease 2 oven trays and line with baking paper
  3. Combine rolled oats, sifted flour, sugar, coconut and powdered milk in a large bowl
  4. Melt the butter and golden syrup in a saucepan
  5. Measure the boiling water into a cup, then add the sifted bicarbonate of soda
  6. Immediately add the boiling water mixture to the warm melted butter mixture; the mixture will froth up to about double in size
  7. Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients and mix well; the mix will be quite firm
  8. Measure heaped teaspoonfuls of the mixture and roll into balls
  9. Place the biscuit dough balls onto the oven trays and slightly flatten
  10. Bake in a moderate oven (180ᵒC) for 12 to 15 minutes
  11. Allow to cool slightly before lifting on to a wire cooling rack to set until firm

(Makes approximately 28 biscuits)

Anzac biscuits were originally baked by wives and mothers and sent to Australian and New Zealand soldiers while they were on the battlefields during World War 1.

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  • 420g tin of red salmon
  • 1 small onion chopped and browned
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs & extra
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Black pepper
  • Oil
  • Butter

1. Open salmon tin and pour off half the liquid
2. Mix together the salmon, cooked onion, breadcrumbs and parsley
3. Mix in beaten eggs and lemon juice
4. Season with ground pepper
5. Shape into patties
6. Roll patties in extra breadcrumbs
7.  Fry in a small amount of oil and butter
8. Drain on paper
9. Serve with mayonnaise and salad

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Mexican Horchata Recipe


Makes 4-6 cups


  • ⅓ cup uncooked, long-grain white rice
  • 1 cup almonds (or ground almonds)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups cold water
  • ½ cup concentrated simple syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water)


  1. Pulverize the raw rice in a spice grinder or blender until its a fine powder.
  2. Put rice, almond and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in the 3 cups of hot water, allow to cool to room temperature then cover and let stand overnight (not in the fridge!).


  1. Put mixture into the blender, add the 2 cups of cold water and blend until it is nice and smooth, it will take at least a minute and up to four minutes.
  2. Strain the blended mixture slowly into another bowl. Strain a small amount, guiding it through with a spoon, and then discard the stuff that was left behind (don’t be fooled if this stuff looks tasty, it’s really not).
  3. Make sugar syrup in a saucepan
  4. Add sugar syrup to rice/almond/water mix. 
  5. Refrigerate.
  6. Serve over ice. Garnish with cinnamon/cinnamon stick.
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El Origen Del Problema


Jaime estaba solo e25600_I_Collage El Origen del probleman su casa cuando sonó el teléfono y hablaron dos personas de un programa de juegos.  Ellos le dijeron “¿Sabe que hoy cambiará su vida?;” y seguían con preguntas. Ellos tenían una pregunta especial para ganar su juego. Esta pregunta era “¿Cómo deletrear el apellido del actor que protagoniza en Terminator?”  Por casualidad Jaime tiene una carta de Schwarznegger y él no tiene ningún problema leyendo las letras de la tarjeta. Le dijeron que ganó el súper premio. Jaime creyó que es una broma y no les hizo caso a pesar de que saben su dirección y todo.
Al día siguiente un hombre estaba en su puerta diciendo “Estoy aquí para origen_zps323fdc11regalarte un carro que es el súper premio de la semana.” Jaime rechazó el carro porque dice “he ganado todo con el sudor de mi frente” sin embargo el trabajador fue insistente. Ellos discutieron hasta que el vendedor tuvo poblemas con su respiración. Jaime le  invitó a la casa y el vendedor le contó sobre el hecho que ese era su primer trabajo.

El vendedor estaba enfermo, por eso Jaime le sugirió llevarle a su casa en carro. La casa está realmente lejos en el campo, así que Jaime almorzó con la familia del trabajador. La familia era simpática, sin embargo Jaime no quería ser su amigo. Después de discutir con el trabajador otra vez, decidió quedarse con el coche. Él vendió su otro coche porque éste era más nuevo. Jaime quería vivir solo y solo vivió, hasta su muerte a la edad de 90 años.