FEDERATION CHICKEN SALAD

This creamy chicken salad has a light curry flavour and is especially good made with a barbecued chicken.  I’m not sure that I’d serve it on a fruit platter, as we’re not all that keen on fruit with meat.  I’d serve it in a salad bowl with a green salad accompaniment and maybe throw in a handful of toasted almonds, but however you serve it it makes a change from plain old cold chicken.

CHICKPEA CASSEROLE WITH POTATO DUMPLINGS

You can tell this is an old recipe as it gives directions to soak the chickpeas overnight.  Of course you can still do that, but it’s much easier now to just buy tinned chickpeas.  It makes the recipe a lot quicker and easier to make as you can cut out the first couple of steps and go straight to frying the onions, garlic and pepper.

SPICY BAKED EGGPLANT

It used to be quite hard to find recipes that catered easily for vegetarian guests, luckily that’s no longer the case.  Years ago I remember searching for an interesting dish to serve my son’s girlfriend for a Christmas lunch dominated by roast pork and turkey.  The answer I finally came up with was a stuffed eggplant, don’t think it was quite as spicy as this recipe though.  Fortunately she seemed to enjoy it.

CABBAGE IDEAS

When I was growing up cabbage was sliced and boiled and came out quite tasteless.  As a result I’m always looking for new ways to cook it, to make it more interesting.  The obvious way is to add butter and while that tastes great, dietary wise it’s not such a good idea for some of us.  So finding this cutting has been inspiring, there’s some great ideas on it.