In the depths of winter pears are always a go to fruit. This pear flan takes a little bit of work, but you can simplify it by using shop bought pastry and if you leave out the rum it’s a dessert the whole family can enjoy.
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STUFFED PORK CHOPS
This recipe is definitely not for those who don’t like meat and fruit cooked together. To be honest I’m not quite sure if I would like it. I find the banana in it a bit strange, but I guess the peanut butter, dates and chilli might be OK. I leave it up to you to decide.
If you’ve got a packet of All Bran in the cupboard, you’ve got the base for this easy five cup loaf. You can jazz it up with nuts and dried fruit. Sliced and generously buttered it will disappear quickly.
Like all risottos this needs a bit of attention and patience to make, but I love the idea of combining chorizo, red wine, vegetables and parmesan cheese. I can’t decide if it’s Spanish or Italian, but either way the end result is worth the effort.
ZUCCHINI FRITTERS – Savory and Sweet
I’ve made and eaten savory zucchini fritters, but never sweet ones. The idea seems a little strange, but I guess zucchinis are used to make cakes and bread, so why not??
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.
CREAMY SALMON LASAGNE
BOUNTY DAY PIE
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.
ZUCCHINI LOAF with pecans-3 ways
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………………
SPICY FISH STEW
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.