Vintage Recipes and Handy-Hints

Travel into the past with this collection of recipes, advice and handy-hints from our ancestors.

Domestic Advice from 1828 Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania)

Domestic advice from Tasmania in 1828. Check out these maxims for health, how to clean plated articles, to extinguish fire in a chimney, prevent rust, to render shingles fire proof, destroy bugs, cure coughs, remove stains from mahogany or marble, oiling mahogany or cedar, taking spots out of linen, cleaning metal, fire proof cement, water proof cement, boots and shoes – or how about a cure for cancer or advice on administering laudanum to children.

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Recipes from Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) 1828

Recipes from Tasmania from 1828. Includes recipes for sweetening tainted meat, preserving fruit, how to make English coffee or breakfast powder, a substitute for tea (herbal tea), making bread, ginger beer, currant wine, mustard, yeast cakes, ale, preserving butter, and salting mutton.

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Soldiers’ Gingerbread

This article, originally published in the Sunday Times (Sydney), on Sunday 30 September 1917, encouraged it’s readers to “send a good big home-made cake to your soldier at the front or in camp.” Economical and simple to make.

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