You can tell this is an old fashioned slice because of the copha in the filling. Copha was used a lot back in the 70s and 80s, but seems to have gone out of favour these days. Not everyone likes the taste, but in this slice, at least, the peppermint, chocolate and coconut mask it and you end up with a great slice.
So what is a Bounty Day pie you’re asking……well according to Wikipedia…. ‘Bounty Day is a holiday on both Pitcairn Island, destination of the Bounty mutineers, and on Norfolk Island. It is celebrated on 23 January on Pitcairn, and on 8 June on Norfolk Island, the day that the descendants of the mutineers arrived on the island’. I guess this is a pie they make to celebrate the day, although it does seem fairly similar to a Greek beef and spinach pie – don’t suppose it matters what you call it, as long as it tastes good.
This Zucchini Loaf is easy to make and if you’re one of those parents home schooling your kids during this Covid19 crisis it could be a good project to give the them as part of their maths work. The added bonus is that you get something good to eat when it’s cooked. I admire you all, parents and kids, it’s a difficult and challenging time and you’re doing a great job. Stay well everyone………………
This was one of the Women’s Weekly prize winning recipes that Mum saved, although I don’t think she ever made it as my father liked his fish fried in batter and wouldn’t have appreciated this spicy version. Ling fish fillets can be a bit bland though, so this is a great way to add a bit more flavour.
I’ve never made a Hummingbird cake and hadn’t heard of it until I found this recipe. Wikipedia tells me that the Hummingbird Cake was created on the island of Jamaica and was named after the island’s national bird and that it’s been a favourite of American county fairs and baking competitions since the 1970s. This one is made using pecans, but you can use walnuts, if you prefer.
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!!!
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.
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.