Category Archives: 1960s

Christmas puddings: when age-old customs meet decimal currency

In April 1966, Miss Una Clarkson, Miss Barbara Lynch and Mrs Strachan conducted experiments on a set of six Christmas puddings. Half were steamed, and the other half were boiled. Following an age-old tradition, the three cooks carefully inserted in … Continue reading

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Take vitamins and stop wetting the bed!

Could vitamins really stop bedwetting? Cure baldness? Rheumatoid arthritis? Extend your life to 125? According to a series of booklets held in the National Archives, vitamins could achieve all these things and much, much more. The discovery of vitamins, and … Continue reading

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Enjoy your Easter

I don’t know about you, but for me Easter is all about food. Chocolate eggs and hot cross buns – what a great combination! The search for the perfect hot cross bun is always rewarding. This year I tried mocha … Continue reading

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Making school children drink milk

My Mum hates milk. She can’t stand the stuff. The smell of milk is enough to start her retching. She won’t use it in anything, and only buys milk for guests to use. This makes milk in her house all … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve – thoughts on scotch whisky and haggis

It’s New Year’s Eve, and for some reason my thoughts have turned to scotch whisky. Not that I’ll be drinking much of the stuff tonight – but it is sort of traditional… I have to admit that I do have … Continue reading

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Pavlova Meringue with Pineapple Filling

Pavlova Meringue 3 egg whites 5 ozs caster sugar 4 ozs crystal sugar [white sugar] 1 level dessert spoon cornflour 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1. Beat egg whites until firm enough to hold their shape. 2. Gradually add caster sugar … Continue reading

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Singapore Australian Food Fortnight 1967

In 1967 the Australian Government decided to hold a trade promotion in Singapore: the catchily named ‘Singapore Australian Food Fortnight’. These publicity shots show the Australian products very tidily stacked on shelves – but it doesn’t look like the locals … Continue reading

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