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Jasper Jones: Classic Australian Recipes the Residents of Corrigan Would Love!

The 1960s was a decade of massive political and societal change, and it was also a decade where many Australian recipes cemented their place as the classics we know and love today.

Jasper Jones is set in 1969, so watching the movie and reading the novel had us craving classic Australian meals like the trusty pavlova, and the pillowy Victoria sponge. Looking back at some of these recipes, two things are instantly obvious;

1. Apparently Australian’s aren’t fans of vegetables
2. More and more women were shifting their roles from the kitchen to the boardroom, which changed the food we consumed, and how we consumed it.

We think that Ruth Bucktin (played by Toni Collette) and the other residents of  Corrigan would have been huge fans of these recipes. Bon appétit!

Cheese and Vegemite Scrolls – Find the recipe HERE


Sausage Rolls – Find the recipe HERE

Quiche Lorraine – Find the recipe HERE

Meat Pie – Find the recipe HERE

Rissoles – Find the recipe HERE


Crown Roast of Lamb (for the fancier cook) – Find the recipe HERE

Lemon and Poppyseed  Drizzle Cake – Find the recipe HERE


Victoria Sponge – Find the recipe HERE

Strawberry Jam – Find the recipe HERE

Lamingtons – Find the recipe HERE


Pavlova – Find the recipe HERE

Classic Scones – Find the recipe HERE

A snapshot of some milestones in Australian food from the 1960s include;
1960 Both Coles and Woolworths opened their first stores
1961 Was the year the first Tupperware party was held in Australia
1963 Tim Tams were invented (YUM!)
1966 Cling wrap was introduced, and Australia got its first food magazines Epicurean and Australian Gourmet
1967 Cask wine incorporated a tap to become the goon bag we all know and love today
1968 The first Margaret Fulton cookbook was published

If you want to find out more, check out the Australian Food Timeline website HERE



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