4 cups plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sugar (optional)
2 cups buttermilk or sour milk  (hint:  add 2 tsps vinegar to 2 cups plain milk)

Preheat oven to 440°F. Sieve the dry ingredients into a large bowl.  Scoop up handfuls and allow to drop back in to aerate the mixture. Add enough buttermilk to make a soft dough. Now work quickly as the buttermilk and soda are already reacting. Knead the dough lightly - too much handling will toughen it, while too little means it won't rise properly.

Form a round ball as big as your fist. Place it on a lightly floured board and cut a cross in the top with a floured knife. Put near the top of the oven for 30 to 45 minutes.  When baked the loaf will sound hollow when tapped on the bottom with your knuckles. Wrap immediately in a clean tea towel to stop the crust hardening too much.

I'm sure you all know how to cook a real corned beef joint and serve for company.  For one or 2 persons, buy a can of corned beef, cook up some cabbage, mash up some cooked potatoes...slice the corned beef and enjoy with some pickled beets.


A good Muffin Mix

(This one you can keep in the fridge in a one litee ice-cream pail for six weeks and use as needed.)

1 ½ cups white sugar                      
2 eggs                                      
1 ½ cups oil (canola/veg.)
2 cups buttermilk
Then Add:
2 ½ cups flour (I use 1/2 wholewheat)
2 ½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
Then Add:
1 cup raisins or dates or drained pineapple or dried cranberries or blueberries.
2 cups whole wheat bran        
1 cup bran buds (or 3 cups whole wheat bran)
1 cup boiling water
Let sit in refrigerator overnight. Take out what you need and bake for 20 minutes at 400°F.


(9x13" or half with 8x8" pan)
2 cups sugar        2 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour         1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla        2 eggs
Then add and mix 2 tins drained mandarin oranges (284ml).
Bake at 350˚F for 40 minutes.
6 tbsp butter
6 tbsp milk
1 ½ cups brown sugar
Bring to boil, stir for 3 minutes.
Poke holes in hot cake and drizzle sauce into holes and pig out.
Very easy and good for those who do not like a lot of sweetness in icing!


2 cups Graham Crackers

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp icing sugar
Press into 9x13 inch pan (save a bit for topping)
Put into oven for 10 minutes (at 325°)
1 small package of lemon jello in 1 cup boiling water
1 8oz cream cheese

1 cup sugar

 Juice of 1 lemon
Whip 1 large can of chilled evaporated milk (370ml), add it to cheese mixture, then combine with jello.
Put on graham crackers and top with crumbs!
Voila!!! Too easy!


An easy recipe to use up those leftovers, and some goodies to go with it!

Turkey Chips Casserole  (yield 4 servings)

2 tbsp oil (fat)
2 tsp chopped onion
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup drained green peas
11/2 cups cooked turkey bits
1 1/2 cups potato chips

Saute onions until transparent, add  mushroom soup and a little milk, then
stir in peas and turkey.

Sprinkle half of the chips in bottom of 1 qrt casserole.

Pour in mushroom turkey mixture, top with remaining chips and bake in 350°oven for about 25 mins.

Also in the oven put :

Scalloped Beans (6 servings)

1 can green beans, reserve 1/2 bean liquid
1/2 cup grated cheese
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 tbsp flour
3 tbsp butter
1/2 cup milk

Melt butter, add flour and salt. Gradually add milk and bean liquid.
Cook until mixture bubbles. add cheese and beans. 

Pour into greased casserole, cover with breadcrumbs and bake at 350° 25 mins or until brown on top.

and for dessert have some:

Corn-flake Macaroons (makes about 40)... wrap some up for guests to take away?

2-3 egg whites
1/2 to 2/3 cup sugar
2 cups cornflakes
1 cup shredded coconut

Beat egg whites until stiff, add the sugar gradually and fold in the cornflakes
and coconut. Drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheet. 

Bake in 300° oven for 20 minutes



1 medium carrot
1 medium yam
1 leek
Vegetable broth
Chopped garlic

Wash leek thoroughly and cut up white part only. Cube the carrot and yam. Place in two cups of vegetable broth, add black pepper, 1/4 tsp chopped garlic (buy it in a jar and keep refrigerated), add a pinch of ginger (optional but it gives it a bit of a kick). Boil until carrot & yam soften, mash with potato masher (not in a blender as it gets too runny). If too thick add a little water. Enjoy with crackers or French bread. Note: One small onion can replace the leek.


Coat the meat with a little dijon mustard and black pepper or peppercorns. Sauté in frying pan with a little olive oil and garlic. Serve with potatoes, veggies, and/or salad.

A fast and tasty meal!

Chop up one apple, two celery sticks, some red grapes, and a few walnuts. Use your favourite dressing ─ a good one is coleslaw dressing.


5 eggs

1lb sausage meat


Dripping (hot fat)

Boil four of the eggs until hard and beat the other. Shell cooked eggs, dip in the beaten egg, and cover with the sausage meat. Dip in beaten egg again, then in breadcrumbs. Fry in deep fat for 10 minutes. Drain on absorbent paper. Nice when served cold, halved crosswise with salad.