If you were publishing this recipe today you’d probably rename is Frangipane Apricot Tarts. It’s a classic case of ‘everything old being new again’. Whatever you want to call them you still end up with a some yummy tasting tarts.
Looking through Mum’s recipes there’s quite a lot that use tinned sweet corn, not something that’s used much these days. This savoury beef casserole topped with creamed corn is a bit unusual, but as it says the corn adds some sweetness to the standard savoury mince so it could be worth trying.
This recipe comes from an Australian Women’s Weekly ‘Pies without Pastry’ liftout dated August 1994. I love the first paragraph explaining what couscous is and where you can buy it. It was obviously a very new ingredient back then, quite a contrast to how easy it is to find in every supermarket now.
There was a time when racks of lamb were a lot cheaper than they are now, so using them in a casserole was probably OK, but with the price they are now I think I’d make this recipe with a cheaper lamb cut – chump chops would work just as well.
This casserole base makes two portions and is a great way to pre-prepare a couple of nights dinners. You can make the base, divide in half and then freeze it. It’s easy enough then to defrost it and add the extra ingredients on the night you want to use it.
These biscuits are traditionally made for Greek Orthodox Easter, which is usually celebrated on a different date to the Christian festival. This year though the two coincide so I thought it was a good time to share this recipe that I found in Mum’s collection.