Pam Sorohan

I have been married to Allan for too many years to mention and we have 2 grown up girls. Shannon is married to David and Holly will be married to Caine in July 2013. Allan and I live with his mother near Mackay Queensland Australia.We are on a lovely small farm (just growing our own vegies and fruit. Not a lot but getting better at growing things as time goes by. I have a sister Penny and 4 brothers Francis & Clifford (1 Deceased Lindsay). My family is very large and spread out with my mother being 1 of 10 children (with many kids) and dad being one of 3 (not many kids) My family gets together a lot as does Allan's, so we have a fairly social life.

Buderim Ginger Slice

250 grms Butter
1 Egg
1 cup Castor Suger
2 cups S R Flour
1 cup Milk
1 cup finely cut ( hot or naked ) crystalised Ginger
1 1/2 teas ground Ginger

- Rub butter into flour ground ginger & sugar until mixture is like breadcrumbs.
- press half into tray
- beat eggs into milk
- stir in crystalised ginger
- add to remainder of flour mixture
- mix well
- pour over base
- place mixture into tray 7 1/2 ins by 11 ins
- bake in moderate oven 180deg for 30 – 40 mins
- ice with lemon icing

Savoury Quiche

Corn, chive and cheese quiche

Shazza’s Pigs in a Blanket

Banana & Chocolate Loaf

Source & History

A lovely moist loaf cake with banana and chocolate. It takes 4 large overripe bananas. It can be made ahead of time and frozen.

lovely and overripe like this

Buderim date and ginger loaf

Shepherd’s Pie (Pam Sorohan’s)

Irish Stew (Australian variation)

Source & History.

What does a fishing family need when they come in from the changing tides and pulling in nets.

A hearty meal simmering on the stove whether night or day winter or summer (the only 2 real seasons in Australia).

This is what my family historically always had there.

If it was getting a little light on and more people to come in you just tossed in a few more vegies, water,and more thickening.

Women and men all worked during “the season”

Orange Wholemeal Biscuits

Christmas Turkey


Source & History

  • This is Pam’s method and as she is the only person in her immediate family who eats turkey there is no one to contradict her.
  • Fancy none of them eating such a lovely and traditional food.

Puftaloons (Uncle Lindsay’s Recipe)



Source & History.

  • This recipe reminds my family of ¬†Uncle Lindsay Witt who regularly made these when we came to call. Our kids loved these.¬†
  • His wife Laurene hated the mess he left behind. We remember him (and the kitchen) coated in flour.
  • There is a skill in pushing your knife into the center and inserting the butter and syrup.
  • We all have fond memories of syrup and butter running down our arms.