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!!!

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.

PINEAPPLE PUDDING

Tinned pineapple isn’t used much these days, but it can still be worthwhile when fresh pineapple is out of season.  It’s quite sweet and that can make things with it in a bit too sweet – this pudding breaks that sweetness down with lemon juice though.  Haven’t tried it myself, but I think it could be a good family pudding.

Thank you to everyone who’s following bebsrecipedrawer.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy finding the recipes for you among Mum’s eclectic collection.

I’m taking a break and heading off to Europe for a lovely long holiday, but I’ll be back in July with more recipes for you.  Until then happy cooking and eating.

PICKLED BEETROOT

This recipe bring back memories of Mum in the kitchen peeling the cooked beetroot and the bright red hands she had afterwards.  I think it tasted better than today’s tinned variety and if like me you really like beetroot, it’s worth doing – just make sure you wear gloves…………………