As soon as my sisters and I left home, our mum had this cute recipe book ready for us.

My eldest and oldest of us four sisters had it handwritten in calligraphy and I remember mum spending so much time handwriting it – such a treasured thing to have.And my youngest sister helped mum type out our recipe book when my twin and I left home straight from high school to the big smoke of Brisbane!



A recipe book of all the recipes mum made as we grew up! How sweet is that!  It’s been used quite a few times over the years and has the food marks to prove it!

And throughout the years I have ALWAYS used it.  Having cravings for Paprika Potatoes or Lamb & Barley stew, Nanny’s Rice Pudding or tonights offering, Porcupine Meatballs!!!Such tasty treats and something which I am so so blessed to have to one day pass down to our children and tell them that their Nanny, my mum, put this together so we can all eat food that generations have eaten!!  And its already my 10 year old nephews favourite meal!

Pretty darn special – thank you mamma!


  Porcupine Meatballs (tomato rice meatballs)

  • 500grams beef mince
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • can of tomato soup
  • 2 1/2 cups of water
In a bowl combine all ingredients except tomato soup and water.Shape into balls (makes approx 16).

In large saucepan combine soup and water and bring to the boil.

Drop meatballs into soup, cover, simmer for approx 30-35 minutes

23/07/2014 4:34am
 I grew up with porcupine meatballs… love them! Some of the best recipes I have are found in the oldest recipe books. Great find + share 🙂
24/07/2014 10:31pm
oh thats awesome Caitlin! I love that other people have these as well so cool!
23/07/2014 6:17am
Love that your mom made you a cookbook xoxo
24/07/2014 10:31pm
its so lovely….its fun cause there are little plastic sleeves to add your own faves as you collect them 🙂
23/07/2014 7:02am
What a special gift!
24/07/2014 10:32pm
It sure is 🙂 Thanks Susannah!
24/07/2014 8:24pm
Oh wow, this brings back so many memories! First – my mom used to make porcupine meatballs but I forgot about it til now! And second – my mom did the same thing for me when I left home. Love having all those family secret recipes to impress my husband with – except I can’t make a lot of them here in Cambodia, so I’m looking forward to using them once we have access to a full grocery store in America this fall!
24/07/2014 10:34pm
oh wow Whitney that is so cool!! I’m so excited that other people know this recipe its so cool. was definitely a favourite as a kid!!! 

I love that your mum did that too haha! That is so hilarious – did yours have the porcupine recipe in it too? Is it similar ingredients?

25/07/2014 4:00am
What a beautiful idea! I’ll have to ask my mom to write down a few of our favorites for me….she does the same with ones from her mother and she cries over them while baking. Makes the food taste so much more full of love. I also love that it is handwritten. Food is so personal.
31/07/2014 7:52pm
Oh the sweet lady crying as she bakes them! Thats so sweet and loving!