Pumpkin fruit cake

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You know, I have never been a fan of fruit cake and I place the blame squarely on this recipe.

My mum was a take it or leave it type of person.  If you didn’t want what was on offer, then you could go without.  Many times I would be starving, as only a child can be, and I would ask mum, ‘What’s to eat?’  The answer was, invariably, ‘There is some pumpkin cake in the tin.’ There was always bloody pumpkin cake in the tin!!  For the whole of my childhood, I don’t remember there ever being another variety of cake in the tin. Continue reading

Date and Nut Loaf – Mark II

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My sister, Sandra, sent me a text after my last post with mum’s recipe for date and nut loaf.  It was a little cryptic in part.  It included ‘a few spices’ which I interpreted as something one conjures up when faced with ‘mixed spice’ in a recipe and you don’t have ‘mixed spice’.

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Date and Nut Roll

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A while ago, I decided I wanted to make the date and nut roll I remember my mum making.  I had my mum’s Willow nut loaf tins and had never used them.  My mum used the CWA Cookbook so I went straight to it, thinking I would find the recipe in it but it wasn’t there.  I decided to look a little further and found this recipe in my Macquarie Dictionary of Cookery. Continue reading