Family Food Fare and Favourites
Join me as I dig through my memories, and recipes, to rediscover my family’s food “back in the day” and how those food habits have changed over the decades to today’s diverse and multi-cultural cuisines. This is my theme for the 2021 A to Z challenge.
A key feature of my parent’s yard was the large Queensland Nut tree growing tall. I became very proficient at finding just the right crack in the concrete and tapping it with just the right pressure to get the nut out of its shell in perfect condition. The tree bore lots of nuts which we took for granted, so much so that my Sydney second cousins and I would make mud pies with Queensland nuts in them! What a waste!! Even they have memories of this adventure. I compared this delicious but challenging nuts to family history in a long-ago blog post.
I really don’t know why the tree was eventually removed (while we were in PNG?) but perhaps it just grew too big. Don’t know what Queensland nuts are? They are now expensively available in supermarkets as Macadamias from their botanical name, Macadamia integrifolia, and they are a native plant of Australia.
Mum’s recipe book includes a recipe for Queensland Banana Cake and also Queen Cakes.
In our days in Papua New Guinea, quinine was part of our weekly diet as we took our anti-malarials. Nowadays we take our quinine in Tonic Water.
Quiche Lorraine is a meal we have from time to time. In my youth, the version would have been bacon and egg pie with a deeper layer of filling. Mum also has a variation for salmon quiche which we should try.
NEW FOOD FARE
Quinoa is probably the obvious newbie ingredient today. I have eaten it in salads elsewhere but we haven’t really adopted it in our family food repertoire.
Quandong also hasn’t made it onto our menu but Aussie native foods are gaining in popularity and can be bought online. Like lots of bush tucker it has both health and medicinal benefits. I’m thinking we need to buy and try.
Quince, however, is a regular accompaniment to cheese and drinks when entertaining.
Do you enjoy a tasty quiche?
Have you adopted Aussie native tucker into your diet?
Are you a fan of quinoa or quince?