Letter from the President Sunday 9 May 2021

Dear Members,

Well here it is, the now famous Mock Chicken recipe that I forgot to include in last week’s email, courtesy of Jennifer McInnes…

A recipe from my childhood. Made by my Mother and used in school lunch sandwiches. Absolutely no chicken in it. My theory is that the name comes from the flavour being reminiscent of the stuffing that was used in home cooked roast chickens from time past.

Good on sandwiches and rollups, bruschetta, toast, dried biscuits.

1 onion, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
2 tbsp cooking oil
225g a tasty cheese, chopped up        
115g butter
1.5 tsp dried herbs (sage, marjoram, thyme, oregano, whatever you have in the pantry)*
Ground black pepper
? breadcrumbs 
2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped

* If you have fresh use them for a much better flavour

In a saucepan cook the onion and tomatoes in the oil until the onion has softened. Take off the heat and add the cheese and stir until it’s melted. Add the butter, dried herbs, some ground black pepper. Stir until the butter has melted.

When the mixture has cooled, add enough breadcrumbs to make a thick paste. Add the parsley.

And there you go, you have Mock Chicken


At the monthly meeting in March, Leigh Hay spoke about memoir writing and how recording recipes is one way of connecting with family members and ancestors. Food is something universal, relevant to us all regardless of how we use and prepare it; from traditional recipes handed down through generations to instant microwaveable noodles or ‘wild’ food. Food is used for family celebrations, weddings, birthdays, funerals. Dinner parties cause joy and happiness or fuel arguments around the table. Whatever way, food unites us all.

Of course there are many other ways to connect: photographs, official documents, letters, family stories and more. Now days there are lots of online resources available to help people delve into their past. Tash Marsh touched on this in her talk at the April meeting when she described some of the resources available at Library at the Dock which may be of use to members.

Earlier this week I received the State Library of Victoria’s monthly newsletter and it contained details of two online courses being run by the Library for people interested in family history. The courses aim to show people how to make use of the resources available to explore their family histories. Click HERE if you would like to find out more information.

Until next week, happy writing,


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