QUICK SALMON PATE

I confess to liking salmon, whether it’s smoked, baked, grill or even tinned, so that’s probably why I really like this salmon pate.  You need to use red salmon to get a good flavour, that makes it a little more expensive, but it does make a good amount.  As it says it’s quick, easy to make and everyone seems to like it.  Also, leftovers are great on toast this next morning!!!

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AFTER DINNER MINTS

Homemade dinner mints, very 70s.  Don’t think they’d be a patch on the bought chocolate ones, but maybe if you coat these with a layer of chocolate instead of the coconut they’d been worth doing.

LEMON BUTTER FISH

It’s a bit strange to see this 70s recipe using tinned carrots and tinned stir fry vegetables.  The article says ‘hearty meals – don’t have to mean hours of work”, but  I think using apacket of prepared fresh vegetables, that are available now in the supermarket, would be a lot tastier and just as easy.

GRAPEFRUIT PRAWN APPETISER

Quite frankly this sounds a bit weird – even for the 70s.  It’s a strange combination of a prawn cocktail and grapefruit.  I used to make a grapefruit appetiser by halving a grapefruit, segmenting it, pouring in sweet sherry, sprinkling on brown sugar and then grilling the lot – it tasted quite good and was quick and easy to make.  It was also pretty cheap (a definite consideration back then).  I also used to make prawn cocktails, but only for very special dinners as they stretched the budget  quite a bit, but I never combined the two and I don’t think I’ll start now.

CHICKEN STROGANOFF

Large filled Vol-au-Vent cases just screams 1970s entree to me.  Of course the smaller version were served before dinner or at parties with drinks, but the larger ones filled with chicken or fish mornay were a popular first course.  The good thing about this recipe is that you can dispense with the cases and just make the chicken filling, if you use a rotisserie chicken and serve it with rice it should taste great.