This is an early version of homemade Chinese chicken and almonds, before woks were a common household utensil, before you could buy a chicken already cooked from the supermarket and before you could buy cooked rice from the freezer or shelf. A great example of how things have changed in the last 40+ years.
These meatballs have lots of spices added, but the fruit (dried apricots and dried prunes), almonds and honey are really what give the dish its Moroccan flavour – and of course the couscous.
This recipe is in a little pullout booklet from New Idea entitled Wicked Chocolate …. great name. At first I thought it was just a souffle with custard, but then I got to the “cook until firm, allow to cool, remove from moulds and serve with sauce”, so it’s more of a dumpling than a souffle.
I’ve filled chicken breasts with ham and Swiss cheese and baked them, but I’ve never coated them in almonds and Swiss cheese. Now I’ve found this recipe I’m going to give it a try. I think I’ll line the tray with baking paper though to stop them sticking.
This is one of those pies where you combine all the ingredients, pour them into a pie dish and hey presto when you take it out of the oven the coconut, sugar & flour have risen to the surface to make a crust. The strawberry and blueberry filling is a little unusual though and the almonds on top add a lovely crunch.
It’s turning into a long, hot Australian summer, so what better time to make ice cream. I reckon Mum read this recipe on the label of a can of Nestle Sweetened Condensed Milk, thought it sounded good and decided to make it for Dad.
This is makes a great dessert served warm or cold with lashings of cream or ice cream.