Nana,  My Mum~Tere and Uncle Rex

Nana, My Mum~Tere and Uncle Rex

I adore my Grandmother, Lyn Jameson, a remarkable women from a resilient era.

Nana (As we call her) is a funny old stick ( as her son-in-law, My father USED to call her) who can spin a good yarn, make a delightful carrot cake with lemon cream cheese icing and loves nothing finer than a glass of claret and a belly full of laughs.

Photo by jules:stonesoup

Photo by jules:stonesoup

My Nana is  quite the accomplished cook. Her Steamed fruit pudding that she invented some 60 years ago has won her fame the globe over and appeared published as a winning recipe  in the Geelong News on December the 17th 1991. I will publish it in its entirety shortly, for the online community to enjoy!

She is also a published writer “Akatere~ a place far away”  which is a novel based on her youth  and an artist that uses the medium of oil on canvas.

Every time I make the south bound journey to visit with my Nana she  has a few choice narratives and humorous fables that we share over a glass or so of her favorite ‘plonk’.

Upon visiting with her a few weeks ago, she ambushed me with a hand written recipe that she then made me stand up and read a loud to her and my then giggling mother.

Hmmmm, I sense a conspiracy.

Although she does not take credit for this clever recipe, credit lies in the passing on of wisdom between a Grandmother and one ever so grateful granddaughter.

I love you Nana! Thank you for making me smile 😉

My Nana Lyn and Grandpapi Cliff

My Nana Lyn and Grandpapi Cliff

Fruitcake Recipe ~ and

Guaranteed to make you one!

Please ensure you read this recipe a loud to someone you love from start to finish…


4 Liters of Whiskey

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

4 large eggs

2 cups dried fruit

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup brown sugar

Lemon juice



  • Firstly sample the whiskey to check for quality.
  • Take a large bowl. Check the whiskey again to be sure it is of the highest quality. Pour one level cup and drink.
  • Repeat.
  • Turn on the electric mixer and beat 1 cup butter in large fluffy bowl.
  • Add 1 teaspoon sugar and beat again. Make sure the whiskey is still O.K.
  • Cry another tup. Turn off mixer.
  • Break 2 legs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.
  • Mix on the turner. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaters, pry it loose with a drewscriver.
  • Sample the Whiskey to check for tonsisticity.
  • Next, sift 2 cups of salt or something. Who cares. Check the whiskey.
  • Now sift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.
  • Add one tablespoon of sugar or something. Whatever you can find.
  • Grease the oven. Turn the cake tin to 350 degrees.

Dont forget to beat of the turner. throw the bowl out the window. Check the Whiskey again. Go to bed.

Who the heck likes fruitcake anyway.

Nana and a Beer
Bottoms UP Nana!




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