CHOCOLATE MACAROON DESSERT

No, this isn’t a recipe for just chocolate macaroons – it’s actually a chocolate dessert with macaroons on top.  It’s a new one to me. It’s cooked in individual souffle dishes with a chocolate crumb base, a rich chocolate/coffee sauce and topped with coconut macaroons.  Definitely one for the chocolate lovers.

CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE ROLL

I know it’s lazy but I think being able to buy frozen sheets of pastry is a wonder of modern baking.  Although I don’t usually buy wholemeal sheets I do think they would work really well in this tandoori flavoured chicken and vegetable roll.

ALMOND CASTLES WITH RASPBERRY SAUCE

Almond Castles – a favorite english dessert.  Is it?  I’ve never heard of it and an online search didn’t seem to answer the question.  This recipe was on a page of desserts that Mum tore out of a 1991 New Idea.  Favorite or not it sounds good, especially with the raspberry sauce and cream.

CUCUMBER SOUP WITH MINT

The blurb that goes with this New Idea soup recipe says “A lovely soup which can be served hot in the winter months or chilled in the summer”.  Personally I don’t think soup should ever be eaten cold, I like it steaming hot, but, I’m willing to accept that it might be to some people’s taste.  Either way it’s an unusual way to cook cucumbers…………..

RED CAPSICUM OLIVE AND BASIL FLAN

Instead of making the pastry case as described in this recipe you could make it as a regular pie or flan.  You could even make it without pastry at all by just lightly greasing a pie plate and covering it with fine, dried breadcrumbs before adding the filling.  Whichever way you make it the Mediterranean flavors make it a great lunch dish.