Kim will be sharing with us some memories she has of her mother Madeleine Ines Di Salvia nee: Bailey.
Our Mum – Madeleine Di Salvia
Can you describe your mum for us please Kim?
My mum was Madeleine Innes Di Salvia nee: Bailey and she was born on 20 Sept 1913 at Winton, NSW. Mum was a small woman in stature (not petite) and had grey/white hair with brown eyes. She was olive skinned and always kept her fingernails short.
Can you tell us some of the activities that your mother enjoyed.
Mum was pretty typical of her generation and had all the usual skills of females her age like sewing and knitting. She also enjoyed raising her chickens and gardening. I remember having to help in the garden in Tamworth. The earth was so rocky that Mum paid my sisters and I 10 cents a bucket for all the rocks and pebbles we could dig out.
I can remember mum buying a knitting a machine. She really loved learning what she could make on it, progressing from plain cardigans and jumpers to fair isle patterns, cable knits and lace knits.
Mum made home made ginger beer and it was always a favourite. It was such fun waiting to see if the bottle would explode during the waiting period for them to be ready to drink.
Mum also enjoyed being involved with the local Tamworth Seventh Day Adventist Dorcas Society and was, for a lot of years, the local Dorcas leader. With Dad driving we spent many a weekend travelling to all different towns to help support other Dorcas Societies in the region. She was very dedicated to helping those in need whether it be with clothing, food parcels or whatever their needs were. She continued with this calling until she was unable to keep it up due to age.
Mum use to make up doll bassinets to fund raise for the Dorcas Society. Dad would make up the collapsible wooden frames & mum, along with the the volunteer Dorcas ladies would sew up mattress bedding and lovely girly dressings. They would then be sold at stalls that mum & the ladies would hold in the town centres.
Please share a recipe from your childhood that you remember your mum cooking for you.
There are a few favourite recipes that I remember. Macaroni, which I also made for my family growing up, Tomato Frick, Sally’s Lemon Dumplings, Gramma pie (YUM – which I don’t know how to make).
Mum made mostly vegetarian dishes like Sweet and Sour TVP (a Sanitarium vegetarian product), home made ice cream and Rice and Tomato Mould (recipe here) which we would have with salad and her home made mayonnaise made with condense milk, vinegar, salt & pepper, and which is still a regular staple in our house.
Probably the recipe that I still cook the most and really enjoy would be mum’s Macaroni.
Macaroni – 3 cups cooked
1 x 810 gm can of either crush of diced tomatoes
Grated cheddar cheese – approx 1 cup – more if you like
Butter – about a heaped tablespoon
Salt & pepper to taste
Cook and drain macaroni, then return to saucepan
Over low heat add butter & tomatoes & mix well to combine & heat through.
Add cheese and continue stirring until melted & bubbling gently.
Season with salt and pepper to taste
NOTE: It does make a sticky mess of your saucepan but easily cleans off with a soak, and really – who cares! It’s yummy on the day of making but the leftovers are sensational on toast the next day.