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My mother’s 1949 spiced meatloaf: Home cooking in post-war Australia



Recently I tried my mother’s 1949 spiced meatloaf recipe. I used her old mechanical meat mincer to produce the mince for the meatloaf. The mincer worked perfectly, and the meatloaf was a great success. I shouldn’t have been surprised, given that my mother Evelyn won a consolation prize of £1 (equivalent to approximately $57 today) for this recipe in 1949 (The Australian Women’s Weekly, 12 March 1949, p. 50).

It got me reminiscing and wondering: How did my mother cook in the late 1940s and 1950s? What appliances and utensils did she use? What foods did she prepare? How does home cooking in the late 1940s and 1950s (post-World War II Australia) compare with that of today?

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