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.