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.
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.
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.
This “Real Chinese Taste” Sweet and Sour Pork was a free recipe handed out by Amoy Genuine Chinese Food sometime in the 70s. No mention is made of cooking it in a wok as I doubt that any non-Asian cooks had one or in fact even knew what one was. Guess Amoy thought they’d better just stick with a frying pan.
Don’t think this recipe will be for everyone. My family don’t like meat cooked with fruit and a whole lot of people don’t like prunes…..but…..if those two things don’t turn you off I think it could taste fairly good. Don’t worry if you don’t have an oven bag just cook it in a greased casserole dish with a lid.
I suppose this pie recipe should now be called Beef and Red Wine Pie, but as this recipe was published back in the ’70s before the labelling laws changed and only wine from the Burgundy region of France could be called that, I think I can leave it as Burgundy. I don’t think it matters too much which grape variety of red wine you use for the recipe, but it should be wine that’s worth drinking and of course a good cook should always sample it before adding it!!!!!!