These tasty appetisers are made from bottled oysters in a béchamel sauce which are the filling for vol-au-vent pastry cases. Such appetisers were extremely popular in Australia, long before the many patés, cheeses and dips which are now so popular had even appeared on our culinary horizons. A tad old-fashioned perhaps, but still delicious. When I checked on Zaar there were very few similar recipes, so perhaps it was just here that they were so popular. This is another recipe I have adapted from the Australian publication by Reader's Digest of a book jam-packed with traditional Australian recipes: 'Family Recipe Scrapbook: tried and trusted recipes for today's cooks'. I bought the book in preparation for the 2005 Zaar World Tour, so I could track down familiar recipes I've eaten often. What I love about the recipes in this book is that from whatever decade past they belong, they have been updated to suit C21st tastes. The 20 minutes cooling time is not included in the preparation and cooking times below. The proportions in the recipe are for 24 (38x12mm) vol-au-vent cases.