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23 year old going on 50. I take my carry basket to the farmers markets every week and Avoid getting a tan at all costs. I also have lots of tattoos. Two beautiful children and a "Hubby". And an obsession with cooking - moving into a place that doesn't have an oven...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Grandnanna's Cooking.

I'm lucky enough to have known my Great Grandnanna. She died when I was 16. That's a lot longer than a lot of people get to know their great grandmother.

She was a beautiful lady with a passion for life. She was always up to something mischievious. We'd go on family holidays and she's sneak into our bedrooms when we were meant to be asleep and tell us jokes and we'd get in trouble. She'd tickle us in church. She was always having fun. We always had fun with her.

When she died, I remember my Dad coming in to my room to tell me. I'd never seen him cry before. Never. But he did that day.

I was lucky enough to get her recipe book when she died. She used to try and give you things when you went to her house. She would always ask what you wanted. I told her I wanted her recipe book, but not right now. It's amazing. It my Great Grandmother's recipes. With some of HER Grandmother's recipes in it.

It makes me feel special. Like I'm holding a bit of family history in my hands. (I AM holding a bit of family history in my hands, I know).
Now don't be fooled. There isn't only recipes in here. There is also "Helpful Hints for the Housewife"
Some of the hints are actually helpful.

Then, there is also article like This:

Who has that much linen? Who has room for that much linen? That much linen doesn't need it's own cupboard, it needs a bedroom with an ensuit to wash itself, because I sure as hell am not. Guests at my house can use the same towels as anyone else, thanks. I'll make sure they're clean and smell pretty and I'll try and give you the big ones. How does that sound?
But, the point of todays post is to give you a recipe. From the old days. Because nothing quite tastes the same as one of Nanna's recipes.

Cream Cheese Slice

2 packets lattice biscuits.
4 oz cream cheese
4 oz butter (I didn't say it would be healthy)
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 TBS lemon juice
1 tsp gelatine, dissolved in a little boiling water.
Line lamington tray with foil (11x 7 - inches I'm assuming)
Place biscuits along the base.
Beat cream cheese and butter until combined thouroughly.
Add sugar, then add the other ingredients
Speard over biscuits and place remaining biscuits over top.
Ice with a THIN (underlined twice) lemon icing.

I'm feeling a little nostalgic today, so I think i'm going to make this. It's one of those things that tastes like home.


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  2. Oooooh! I love recipes and household hints that have been passed down, they are just so special. Cream cheese slice sounds just divine, I'll have to give it a whirl!