Category Archives: New South Wales

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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Paul Koonin, Russion spy, doctor or soy bean expert?

Earlier this week I did a radio interview about the subject of one of my favourite blog entries, Paul Koonin. Paul Koonin was an interesting character, who over his life earned a living as a photographer, a dentist, a naturopath, … Continue reading

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Now that there’s a Sunbeam Mixmaster in your life…

I bought one of these from a flea market when I was a student. It was very old, extraordinarily hefty, and the engine would start smoking on occasion. But I had to own it because it was a design classic. … Continue reading

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Food and Sex: searching for ‘the answer’

The year is 1913, and you’re walking through the Domain. There’s a crowd gathering around a strangely-dressed man, so you go over to listen. He’s reading from a book: ‘Coitus impairs the proper function of the skin … The nerves … Continue reading

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Promoting the wonders of soybeans

Who was Dr Paul M Koonin? Do a Google search on him and you’ll find him quoted extensively on alternative medicine websites.You can find examples here, here and here. But information is scarce about the man, who in 1941, thought … 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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Australian Wine – are we drinking enough?

When did Australians start drinking wine? There’s no doubt that we’re great wine drinkers now, but back in 1946 the Tariff Board thought we weren’t drinking nearly enough. According to this beautiful report, ‘Flourish the Vine’ put together by the … Continue reading

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