SPICED BAKED CHICKEN

This a Margaret Fulton recipe published in the New Idea back in August 1994. My first cookbook was The Margaret Fulton Cookbook, my copy is now a bit battered and worn as I used it constantly in my early cooking days. Her recipes were easy to follow, covered all types of meals – family meals, entertaining and parties, international dishes, cakes, biscuits, etc and was just an amazing source of inspiration. This is a much later recipe and shows how she continually kept up with the changing influences in Australian eating.

COCONUT MOUSSE WITH STRAWBERRY COULIS

I confess I’ve never made anything with Coconut Milk Powder and I even wondered if was something you could still buy. Obviously I’ve now realized that you can, so it might well be worth trying out this very summery dessert – when the weather warms up enough, that is…..

CHICKEN TERRINE

When I first started making this terrine you couldn’t buy minced chicken, so there was no alternative but to drag out the mincer and process the chicken and veal yourself. Since those days a blender or pre-minced chicken make it a bit easier. I think if you’ve got the time mincing up the chicken breasts and veal yourself is the best option, as you get a better quality mince, but if you don’t have the time give pre-minced a go. The finished terrine tastes really good and is worth the effort either way.

TUNA VEGETABLE COUSCOUS

The combination of tinned tuna and vegetables served over couscous makes this a healthy, refreshing meal. If you wanted to you could play around with the ingredients – change the tuna for salmon, the couscous for rice or use whatever vegetables you have in the fridge. It can be quite versatile.

BERRY ICE-CREAM CHEESECAKE

I thought as it’s the last day of winter today it might be time for a summery dessert, although I may be being a little optimistic as it’s not exactly warm outside yet…. But the idea of some warmer weather and luscious cold desserts was just too hard to resist.

CHOCOLATE WALNUT ROCK CAKES

Lockdown No. 6 here in Victoria calls for something yummy like these rock cakes. Maybe my 10 year old granddaughter will make them for her parents and sister who are stuck on Zoom work and home schooling calls. Anything that helps us get through all this is welcome, don’t you think…….