This is another of Woman’s Day’s No-Bake cakes. I think they’re a great idea for a do-ahead dessert either for the family or when you have friends visiting.
It’s a bit strange to see this 70s recipe using tinned carrots and tinned stir fry vegetables. The article says ‘hearty meals – don’t have to mean hours of work”, but I think using apacket of prepared fresh vegetables, that are available now in the supermarket, would be a lot tastier and just as easy.
These could be a fairly healthy biscuit for the kids during the school holidays or as they’re pretty easy to make they might even be a good holiday activity. They won’t keep long with the mushy bananas inside, but they probably won’t last long with the kids around anyway.
I’m not sure I’d call this a cake recipe, I think it’s more of a no-bake dessert, but I suppose you could serve it up as a cake. It says it should be made a day ahead, which makes it a great dessert for summer lunchtime bbqs.
To be honest I’m not a lover of duck, but I know I’m in the minority. This 70s recipe comes from a booklet put out by the Australian Wine Board titled ‘Bacchus in the Kitchen’, which paired dishes with wines. The suggestion for this recipe is to serve it with a dry red.
I think this 70s recipe was probably devised by someone who had a large crop of rhubarb growing in their backyard and was trying to find a way to use it all. Mum wasn’t as creative with Dad’s produce she just stewed it with some sugar and served it with custard – Dad loved it that way.
I think it’s the salad dressing I like most about this recipe. Unusually the salad itself has peanuts in it – personally I think they’d be a bit too big and crunchy, pine nuts might be a better idea or you could just make whatever salad you like and top it with the blue cheese dressing.