MONKEY GLAND STEAK

This old recipe bring back loads of memories as it’s the first dish I cooked a boyfriend back in the 60s when I flatted with a load of girls in Sydney.  Despite the rather strange name and my limited cooking abilities, it actually tasted OK and he had the courage to marry me. His perseverance paid off though as, thankfully, I have improved both my recipe choices and abilities over the years.

CHRISTMAS LEFTOVERS – Ham and Egg Breakfast with a Difference

After all the Christmas cooking it’s great to have some easy recipes to use up all the lovely leftovers. This is another from the Herald Sun cooking page ‘Second time around’ and jazzes up plain ham and eggs.

CHRISTMAS LEFTOVERS – Mushroom and Ham Toasts

This week’s recipes come from a Herald Sun cooking page with the title ‘Second time around’.  After all the Christmas cooking it’s great to have leftovers, but you do start to run out of ideas on how to serve them.  These toasts can be made using ham, turkey or chicken and that makes them a winner.

CREAMY CHICKEN LOAF

As more and more Australians are deciding that a hot Christmas lunch is a bit silly in our climate, this 1970s cold Chicken Loaf could be worth trying.  It has the added benefit of being made the day before and you only need turn it out and slice it on Christmas Day.  A great way to cut down the stress of the big day.

CHRISTMAS ROAST DUCK with BREAD SAUCE

When I was young the Christmas treat was a roast chicken this could involve killing, plucking and cleaning the bird and was a major job.  There was no such thing as frozen chicken so the effort in cooking a chicken made it very special.  From chicken we seemed to have moved onto turkey for Christmas, but it’s not everyone’s favourite, especially the dried out leftovers.  I found this old 1968 roast duck recipe in the collection and I thought it might be of interest.  It has Bread Sauce to go with it, something I’ve never tried.  So maybe it’s time for a change and return to the 1960s!!!

ROLLED MEAT LOAF

There’s so many different wrapped meatloaf recipes around.  There’s recipes for them wrapped in bacon, prosciutto and puff pastry.  What makes this a bit different is that it’s rolled up like a Swiss roll and the pastry is inside as well.  This old recipe uses a packet of chicken supreme soup to sop up the moisture, don’t think that’s available any more, but cream of chicken soup should do the job instead.