When I was a kid Fried Rice was an exotic Chinese dish which you bought from the small local Chinese café down the street. When my Mum started making it she would cook the rice first, let it go cold and then add it to the pan with spring onions, bacon and of course, the fried eggs. My husband’s mother used the absorption method like in this recipe, which is more like the Italian risotto technique. This old recipe was put out on a sheet of SEC (State Electricity Commission – Victoria) Tested Recipes, I don’t think my Mum was ever convinced it was a better way that hers though. I still make it like Mum did, but my husband swears by his mother’s method…………
Do you know the difference between macarons/macaroons? As far as I can work out the French style macarons are multi-coloured and layered together with a ganache. Macaroons, are possibly Italian and are shredded coconut and egg whites. Then we have these Amaretti ones which are ground almonds, caster sugar and egg whites and which according to this cutting are Sicillian – confused? I am. They all taste terrific though….
In the past the cheesecakes I made all had a biscuit base, usually Marie biscuits. These days, with my husband being among those who don’t tolerate gluten, I’ve started looking for gluten free alternatives. Gluten free ginger biscuits work really well, but I thought this recipe, which was published by the Women’s Weekly in 1999 was interesting. It uses Amaretti macaroons and brown rice – I’m going to give it a go next time I’m making a cheesecake.
I think maybe what was called a Gourmet Cheese Ball back in the 1960s probably isn’t what you’d consider gourmet today and I’m not sure about covering it with chopped corned beef, but with a couple of adjustments it would still make a good appetizer to serve with drinks.
As a Christmas fundraiser I bought a tray of lovely mangoes intending to take them to our family Christmas in NSW. Like many families around the country those plans were thrown into chaos and we spent Christmas here in Melbourne. We love mangoes, but we still have quite a few left. This could be a good gluten-free way to enjoy them.
Still got some Christmas ham left that you’re trying to use up? What about trying this risoni pasta bake. If you don’t have any risoni in the cupboard you could try it with macaroni or maybe even rice – either way some of that ham would get used.
The frozen Christmas pudding I usually make has an ice cream base. This one is a little bit different, it still has decadent brandy soaked fruit, but also has lashings of cream, some white chocolate and meringue. I’ve already made a boiled pudding for this year, but think I might give this one a go next year.
I can’t decide if these look Christmassy or Italian – I guess you could put them in either category. Either way they are quick and easy to make a will be great with a glass or two on any occasion.
Of course you could make this slice at any time of the year, but as it has the traditional combination for fruit, nuts and brandy, plus the bonus of chocolate, it seems like Christmas is really the right time to make it.
Our family has decided on a much more casual Christmas this year and part of that is a cold meat and salad buffet. It will be the usual pork, turkey and chicken combo, but if you want something different what about this duck ballotine? It can be done the day before and although a bit more fiddly, it’s well worth the effort especially when all you have to do on Christmas morning is slice it.