Australian Recipes: Two Classics
I love nougat and found a recipe for a Nougat Tart on a wonderful blog oldaussierecipes.com. This is a simple recipe calling for the use of short crust. Take some time to go through this site because there are some lovely pieces of culinary history here. I was particularly moved by the story about ANZAC biscuits and their place in the history of Australia and New Zealand during World Wars I and II. Wartime cooking is of great interest to me. It is always inspiring for me to see how cooks did so much with so very little during times of rationing and deprivation.
A few months ago I wrote a poem about rationing in England during World War II. It’s called The Ration Book Holder.
Potatoes nudged from their allotment bed
Spurtle and pop in the bacon fat
Shielded from family use since last Sunday’s dinner
By my mum.
Seems a treat in war time
But we’ve always eaten this way Sundays
Mum refuses to change our routine
Fighting Hitler with each ordinary moment
1 week’s rations
4 ounces ham
1 stone beef
1 ounce cheese
2 ounces butter
2 ounces loose tea
2 hours queued
3 bodies to feed
Happy to get it.
Our backyard bomb shelter roof
Feeds us and delights us
Planted with mint and parsley, daffodils and geraniums
By mum, who idles in sunlight
Shows no fear.
Each daybreak she enters the battle
Kettle murmuring on the hob
Letter on the table nearby
Laughing at a joke on the wireless
Unbreakable is she.