FRAGRANT CHICKEN AND RICE CASSEROLE

As the New Idea cookery writer says of this recipe ‘When East meets West you get a fascinating mix….”. Back when this recipe was published that was an exotic idea, obviously things have changed a lot since then and the Asian influences in our food are much more commonplace. Either way this is a nice simple chicken and rice casserole…….

ROAST HERBED TURKEY

At this time of year there’s lots of Roast Turkey recipes and all sorts of stuffing recipes out there. This one was in a Woman’s Day Christmas Recipe Liftout back in 1991. I think it’s interesting as it’s put out by Devondale Dairy Soft and uses lots of the product in the stuffing, but also spread on the outside of the bird to keep it moist – all quite vital with a Christmas turkey I’m sure you’ll agree……

TWO TONE CHRISTMAS SLICE

This is basically a White Christmas recipe, but to give it a bit more of a Christmassy look red glace cherries and a chocolate layer have been added to the rice bubbles and copha. Back in the 80s copha was used in a lot of unbaked slices and while it’s not used as much these days the classic White Christmas something Mum made every year and was a family favourite.

SPANISH OMELETTE

I can’t remember the first time I made a Spanish Omelet – it would have to have been at least 35 years ago. I’m not sure I ever had a proper recipe for it back then, it was just onions, potatoes and eggs. It was an easy Sunday night meal that everyone liked and we still enjoy it. Over the years I’ve added bacon, spinach, mushrooms or whatever I’ve got in the fridge, but onion and potato are always the base.

SPICED BAKED CHICKEN

This a Margaret Fulton recipe published in the New Idea back in August 1994. My first cookbook was The Margaret Fulton Cookbook, my copy is now a bit battered and worn as I used it constantly in my early cooking days. Her recipes were easy to follow, covered all types of meals – family meals, entertaining and parties, international dishes, cakes, biscuits, etc and was just an amazing source of inspiration. This is a much later recipe and shows how she continually kept up with the changing influences in Australian eating.

COCONUT MOUSSE WITH STRAWBERRY COULIS

I confess I’ve never made anything with Coconut Milk Powder and I even wondered if was something you could still buy. Obviously I’ve now realized that you can, so it might well be worth trying out this very summery dessert – when the weather warms up enough, that is…..

SAUCY TOMATO PORK

With the price of lamb and beef at the moment, pork has become a more economical choice of meat to use. Although this recipe says to use pork medallions from the loin, I think you could use a cheaper cut of pork as there’s plenty of flavour in the mustard, onion and chilli sauce. You just need to cook it a little bit longer, until it’s nice tender.