Nannas recipes in 4 sentences

My Nanna was a great cook. She was European, and used many ingredients that were not common in Australia back in the 1960s.

I loved her shady kitchen with it's enormous windows, overlooking the garden. She grew figs, bananas, strawberries by the mile...a week with Nanna was a treat to be anticipated and savoured on every level. 

If I have one shining memory of her, and she passed away 45 years ago, it's of being enveloped in her warm embrace, breathing the scent of rosemary and vanilla, and always coming away with a bit of flour dust on my cheeks. To say she influenced me, and continues to do so, is an understatement.

Nanna used to recite her recipes off the top of her head if asked. Nobody ever wrote anything down, or if they did, it was on the back of an envelope or on a piece of scrap paper.

I'm resurrecting the Recipe in 4 Sentences. If it takes more than four sentences to write out, it's too hard and has no place in a family kitchen repertoire!

Please note that I am currently updating this list and will be adding new recipes as often as I am able :)

Click on the recipe that interests you to link to it...


Poached Chicken Breasts

Chicken Ragout

Balsamic Chicken Breasts

Thai Beef and Noodle Salad 

Crab Omelette  

Oysters Mornay 

Marinated and Slow Cooked Sweet Soy Chicken



Gluten Free Gravy  

Good Basic Stock

Christmas Salad with Maple Syrup Walnuts and Pomegranate Ariels


Herby cheese spread (Boursin copy)

Cake Mix Cookies

Rosy Chocolate Bark 

Economical home made Greek Sweet Yoghurt

Healthy Muesli Slice  

Date, Cinnamon and Ginger cakes with Lime Zest Icing 

Three Ingredient Fruit cakes with variations for Chocolate, Coffee, Raspberry Tea and other infusions to flavour the fruit

5 easy peasy delish meals in four sentences!

Nannas Apricot Slice (gluten free variation)

Crepes and Crepe Stacks

Tangy Citrus Cream Dessert


Peasant Pesto and Marinated Feta

Super duper easy peasy Toffees

Fresh 3 ingredient Gnocchi...gluten free too! 

War on TV Chefs #5...Invent your own recipes...No Bake Slice 

War on TV Chefs #4...Prep day...hints and tips on menu planning, pre-preparing ingredients, and more! 

War on TV Chefs #3...Shopping Day...efficient shopping, storage, planning, and a great recipe for Apple Jelly! 

War on TV Chefs #2...Menu Planning back to basics...real menu planning for real families 

War on TV Chefs #1...Building a menu plan that is uniquely you and caters to your family's taste..also recipe for home made sweet Greek yoghurt, and Healthy Muesli Slice 

There's money in your refrigerator...making the most of your food include Good Basic Stock, Healthy Dog Food for your pet, End of the Week Soup, Authentic Pasta Carbonara, Really Easy Pickle Anything Recipe, Easy Any Fruit Jam

Mimi's Own Veal Parmigiana...or Veal Parmy as it's better known


  1. Ohhh I am glad to see these! Fantastic. I hate complicated recipes. I will be following. And also madly following Mimis savings secrets! xxx

    1. Thankyou Annabel. I'm pleased you like them :)

  2. Ooohh Ive just seen these, will be perfect for next family celebration, thanks, love Maria xx

    1. I hope some become your favourites too Maria :)

  3. I have just discovered these. So thankful to you Mimi xx

    1. I hope they are useful for you Tania...x

  4. AWESOME. Exactly, what I need in my life. Thanks for sharing!! XxOo

  5. I just had to check out Recipes in Four Sentences! Love it! Of course, my own have more than four sentences; but since you know what you're doing in the kitchen, you could probably "boil them down" to four sentences!

    1. Hello Jean, and thanks for stopping by. Most of my old recipes from Mum and Nanna, were just written on scraps of paper in passing, and much was left open to interpretation. Sewing patterns were the! It seems Mum and Nanna's generation just didn't need the whole blow by blow, ingredient by ingredient thing. Thanks for stopping by! Mimi xxx

  6. Hi Mimi, I am Chic Chick on SS. Thanks for the link to your blog and i'm looking forward to following you on Pinterest. I adore the 4 sentence concept. Now there is a recipe book, I'd buy. Even better with a photo of each dish. Thank you! I'm not sure how to change my profile here, so am just posting as anonymous.

    1. Hi Chic Chick! I'm glad you visited. I hope to see you again


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