What’s on my plate this month? January 2022

Cow Poo Slice

Now there’s a phrase you never thought you’d read in a post about cooking – let alone want to make!

But the name is deceiving, as it’s a yummy, easy to make slice, perfect for families, large gatherings and you can even freeze it for later – and best of all basically no cooking is required!!

My friend Cathy gave me this recipe from her friend Deb. Cathy is a great cook and often inspires me for these posts.

Shearers’ Cooks

Cathy checked with Deb as we were keen to know where the recipe originally came from and apparently Deb got the recipe from an Australian Women on the Land recipe book and it was credited to a Shearers’ Cook.

A shearers’ cook is required to cook large amounts of food to feed a lot of hungry, weary workers, and this recipe is perfect for that scenario.

Shearers are known as needing lots of foods and the cooks have to be able to make something out of almost nothing.

I found this interesting article which takes you into what a day in the life of shearers’ cook looks like, what they need to produce for the workers. The amount of food they produce and gets consumed in a day will astound you!

The Shearers’ Cooks: How Dick and Cheryl Duggan keep a team of sheep shearers well fed

We’ve since discussed the name of the slice and think it must have something to do with the look and quantity of it – but we will never know!

Cow poo slice 2
Cow poo slice 2

Recipe for Cow Poo Slice

12x8cm lined tin

Makes a lot, so use a big mixing bowl!


  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cup rice bubbles
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut
  • 6 Weetbix (crushed)
  • 1 cup dried apricots (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup sultanas
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 180g butter

Topping: melt together

  • 200gm chocolate
  • 30g butter

What to do:

  • Combine brown sugar, honey, peanut butter and butter in saucepan and simmer until combined and thickened slightly.
  • Pour mixture over the dry ingredients.
  • Mix well (there’s a lot so use a big bowl).
  • Press into a lined tin.
  • Cover with chocolate topping.
  • Put into the fridge for a few hours until set.
  • Cut into squares and put into airtight container and store in fridge.
  • Can be frozen.
Cow poo slice
Cow poo slice

Feel like joining in?

So now you know what I’ve been cooking (and eating if I’m honest).

It’s always fun joining Canadian bloggers Donna and Deb for their What’s on your plate challenge series each month. These posts go live on the first Wednesday of each month and you can join in too, just by adding your post to their linkup.

It’s not a hard challenge and I can assure you it’s not just for ‘proper’ cooks – I’ve been joining in for a few months now, so how hard can it be??

It’s fun looking at what others are making and how they do things – I always learn new things from everyone who participates.

Jo’s post is here

Sue’s post is here

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What’s Coming Up:

Our monthly WOYBS linkup is happening on Friday 21 January – hope you can join us and share what you’ve been reading over the holiday season and what’s on your list to read this year.

So tell me, are you keen to make this slice?

Hope to see you 🙂

Deb xx

Linking up with Denyse for #lifethisweek – always a great collection of posts

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43 Replies to “What’s on my plate this month? January 2022”

  1. That slice looks so yum Deb. I’m saving it to Pinterest for later. I’m not at all surprised at how much work it is being a shearer’s cook. My cousin Cheryl & her husband have a huge sheep farm. Ever since they were first married Cheryl has been the shearer’s cook. She cooks & freezes for months before the day. What makes it harder work is that she also works in the shearing shed at shearing time. They have no trouble getting shearers due to her great meals and cakes. I enjoyed your #whatsonyour plate

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  2. Who couldn’t resist reading this post when you read the title, Deb? Not sure I want cow poo on my plate but I do love this recipe. I’m always looking for slices to make and i think I have all the ingredients, so once all the Festive Food has gone I’m giving this a try. Thanks and It is interesting to read the Shearers’ Cooks article and Cheryl seems a bit of a character. #whatsonyourplateblogchallenge

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    1. Yes the name has a certain je ne sais quoi doesn’t it?? I would think most things would be similar, and it’s always interesting to see recipes from other countries as you say.


  3. Very clever, to give something so delicious-looking an off-putting name! 😉 I don’t think it would last long around mine or any other house. So many yummy things, all in one pan. This would be handy to take along on a long hike, I think.


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  4. That is quite the name. So, I had to look up what rice bubbles are, we call them rice krispies over here. These look delicious and I’m sure would be a hit with my family, especially the grandkids.

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  5. Hi Deb, I hate that your year of BOLD has come to an end. I loved it. You inspired me to chose my own WOTY, which I’ll announce on my WQW post on January 26th. I’m excited to participate this year. What do you know about WOTY? Who started it? Who participates? Does anyone monitor posts? Are there requirements? Just curious.

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    1. Hi Marsha, as far as i know WOTY has been around for ages but I got involved about 5 or so years ago and make it work for me. There may be a few people who sites for WOTY like oneword365.com that you could look at for more info. I chose to do a monthly update to help keep myself on track. I can’t wait to see your word and am thrilled to have inspired you!

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  6. I love the name of this slice. I’m sure it will really appeal to kids and much healthier than some processed bars from the shop. I also loved the information about the recipes’ history and the life of a shearer’s cook.

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      1. Good! If I were there my friend Carol can testify that I lived on Tim Tams and other things that were not too great for me while I was in Australia. Pavlova mmmm, anything pumpkin mmm I’ve never recovered from trying to replicated the wonderful flavors I had there – except meat pies and that awful stuff you put on your toast. 🙂

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  7. Country style cooks and their recipes are tops. As you and I know, so is the Nursing Mothers Cook Book..the one that I still use for Simplicity Chocolate Cake. I look at this Cow Pat and think yum but probably couldn’t eat it….sadly. I appreciated you taking the time to write a post and link it up for Life This Week on my blog this week. Thank you kindly. Denyse.


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