Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Electric Pineapples

I hope anyone who saw "Saving Mr Banks" admired the performance of the pineapple - I seriously hope it wins a Best Supporting Fruit and Vegetable Award at the Oscars on Sunday! Anne.

Electrical Association for Women Cookery Book and Electrical Guide Compiled and published by Mrs F. V. McKenzie
2nd Edition 1938 Sydney Australia  

“If further advice is required or you have any electrical problem please write or call at the rooms of The Electrical Association for Women . . . and you will find friendly advice and practical assistance awaiting you.
Will you please add me to your list of friends?"
F. Violet McKenzie.
I suspect Mrs McKenzie would have LOVED Facebook!
Pineapple Pudding   
2 tblsp butter, 3 tblsp sugar, 2 eggs, ½ cup milk, 2 tblspn breadcrumbs, 1 cup grated pineapple, 1 dstspn lemon juice
Beat butter & sugar to a cream, add egg yolks, milk, breadcrumbs, pineapple & lemon juice. Fold in the stiffly beaten whites. Place in a buttered dish & cook in a moderate oven (220°C) about 300 minutes.

This dessert didn’t taste too bad but was a very odd consistency, I thought it would turn into a soufflé but no, it was like a sauce, if anyone out there tries it and achieves a delicious pudding please let me know! Anne.
Ices, Etc. – Cherry and Pineapple Cocktail       
225g fresh cherries; 1 cup pineapple cubes; ½ cup pineapple juice; 1 tblspn lemon juice; sugar
Remove stones from cherries and mix with pineapple cubes, etc Pour juices over, and chill thoroughly.                            

That was it, pineapple and cherries, enjoyable because these cherries from Pete's Fruit and Veg were absolutely delicious! Anne.

Country Club Punch
1 cup sugar; 950ml water; ¼ cup strong tea; 4 lemons; 4 oranges; 1 cup grape juice; small tin crushed pineapple;  475ml ginger ale
Boil sugar & water for 8 minutes, add tea and chill. Add fruit juices & pineapple, & keep in refrigerator for at least 2 hours before using. Add ginger ale & ice cubes just before serving. Serve with orange quarters, slices of lemon & some maraschino cherries.

“Electricity, this wonder of our age, was looked upon as a miracle, and yet we have advanced so far that cooking in an electric oven has become quite common practice, quite simple to anyone of ordinary intelligence, making it possible for anyone to lay claim to the truly feminine virtue of being a good cook. .  .
Food well chosen, nicely cooked and well served may tickle the palate of anyone. Man does not like monotony but appreciates variety in his every-day diet. How often some housewife or other has said: “What shall I prepare for dinner?” It is with a view to answering this question, and to help every housewife who has an electric range that Mrs McKenzie has devoted much care and thought to the preparation of this book.”
Frances McKay.

And for some useful advice,


  1. "quite simple to anyone of ordinary intelligence" - those were the days when you could pretty much say anything without offence in advertising! The pudding sounds OK on paper - what a pity it wasn't more buoyant. I wonder why?

    1. It could have been the cook of course!!!

  2. I think the pudding probably refers to the lemon delicous style of old english self saucing pudding. Unsure the pineapple bits would be what you were looking for in the sauce though!
    Between the politically incorrect comments and the awesome hat self portrait she should fit in just perfectly on facebook!
    The boy with the iron reminds me of Dad. Didn't know he did extras work as a child in community cookbooks! :-P Maybe all boys were made to look like that back then.


    1. But did they really help with the ironing ??????