Australian Spotted Bower Bird
The Spotted Bower bird lives on the slopes and plains and grasslands throughout NSW. The male bird builds a bower of twin interwoven walls made from dried twigs and grasses that faces north south to attract the hen bird. Placed around the bower will be brightly coloured objects such as blue or green plastic rings or tops, small stones or shells, pebbles, seeds and berries. The female rears the chicks whilst the male will mate with other females.
1 gill = 1/2 cup
Scant = Not quite full measure
Red or Green Pepper = Capsicum
Tammy Cloth = A fine woollen cloth
Unless specified otherwise, all temps are in Fahrenheit
Flour = Unless otherwise stated, "flour" refers to plain flour.
All oven temperatures are based on the standard wood oven, gas oven and electric oven.
Fats, dripping, etc can be substituted with your selected oils.
Old Handy Hints & Ideas
Old Ice Cream
2 egg whites
1 gill cream
2 tablespoons icing sugar
Beat egg whites till stiff, add icing sugar and beat again slightly. Whip cream and add then freeze for 4 hours.
Revive cooking nuts, that have been stored for a period, by brushing lightly with good cooking oil and lightly bake for a few minutes.
1 1/2 teaspoons gelatine
1 tablespoon cold water
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 pint cream
1/2 cup sugar
Soak gelatine in tablespoon cold water, then dissolve over hot water, Add slowly 3/4 cup milk, then rest of milk, sugar, salt and vanilla, Strain into refrigerator dish and put into chilling unit. When ice cream set beat till light. Add slight whipped cream, and freeze overnight.
Dried dehydrated) potato powder is a good thickener for soups and stews. (From old pages)
6oz powdered milk
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon gelatine
1 cup sugar
Mix powdered milk with a little water, add sugar, vanilla and salt and beat well. Dissolve gelatine in boiling water, add to mixture and beat again. Freeze until firm then beat again and return to fridge.
When your paddocks have an abundance of mushrooms, slice in required pieces and freeze. No need for blanching.
One cup milk
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons powdered milk
1 small teaspoon gelatine.
Beat the sugar, egg and milk well together then add powdered milk. Dissolve the gelatine in a little hot water and add the milk slowly to the gelatine. Pour into refrigerator tray and freeze for about half an hour. Take out and add 1 teaspoon vanilla and beat well. Return to refrigerator and leave on freezing for a further 2 hours.
Making a paste of baking powder and water will remove many stains from hard surfaces. (From old pages)
No Milk Pineapple Ice Cream
One cup of sugar
2 cups of boiling water
1 teaspoon of gelatine
16oz crushed pineapple
2 desert spoons of lemon juice
Add one cup of sugar to 2 cups of boiling water, stir well until dissolved, then boil for 5 minutes. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of gelatine, add 16oz crushed pineapple and two desert spoons of lemon juice to the sugar and water. Pour into trays and freeze, stirring two or three times whilst freezing. When almost stiff turn into a bowl and beat well, return to trays to freeze.
When polishing your shoes also brush onto the soles. This looks neat and tidy if kneeling or sitting. (From old pages)
Mango Ice Cream
2 teaspoons cornflour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup cream
1 cup milk
6oz mango pulp.
Mix the cornflour, sugar and cream in a pan. Add the milk and cook, stirring until it boils and thickens. Remove from heat and leave to cool slightly. Stir in the mango pulp. Pour the mixture into a big plastic bowl and cover. Place in the freezer for 2 hours until the ice-cream hardens a little. Take out and beat on for 4 minutes. Place back in the freezer for 4 hours or until firm.
Waratah and Wattle
by Henry Lawson
Though poor and in trouble I wander alone,
With a rebel cockade in my hat;
Though friends may desert me, and kindred disown,
My country will never do that!
You may sing of the Shamrock, the Thistle, the Rose,
Or the three in a bunch if you will;
But I know of a country that gathered all those,
And I love the great land where the Waratah grows,
And the Wattle-bough blooms on the hill.
Australia! Australia! so fair to behold
While the blue sky is arching above;
The stranger should never have need to be told,
that the Wattle-bloom means that her heart is of gold,
And the Waratah's red with her love.
Australia! Australia! most beautiful name,
Most kindly and bountiful land;
I would die every death that might save her from shame,
If a black cloud should rise on the strand;
But whatever the quarrel, whoever the foes,
Let them come! Let them come when they will!
Though the struggle be grim, 'tis Australia that knows
That her children shall fight while the Waratah grows,
And the Wattle blooms out on the hill.
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