CHICKEN AND ALMONDS

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.

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MOROCCAN MEATBALLS WITH COUSCOUS

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.

CHICKEN BAKED with a Swiss cheese and almond coating

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.

WARM BERRY PIE

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.