Our family had a great picnic in the park last Sunday and my lovely 7 year old granddaughter and I made a Savoury Luncheon Slice* to share. On the same page as that recipe is this other slice of Mum’s which is also an old family favourite. The two us will have to make it for the next picnic.
Don’t think this recipe will be for everyone. My family don’t like meat cooked with fruit and a whole lot of people don’t like prunes…..but…..if those two things don’t turn you off I think it could taste fairly good. Don’t worry if you don’t have an oven bag just cook it in a greased casserole dish with a lid.
I’ve been watching contestants on recent cooking shows struggling to successfully make doughnuts and thinking that it was a new dessert, that is until I found this old recipe in Mum’s collection. It made me look up the meaning of Oliebollen and Wikipedia describes them as “a traditional Dutch and Belgian food. They are called oliebollen in the Netherlands, while in Belgium they are also called smoutebollen and croustillons in French. In English they are more commonly known as Dutch Doughnuts or Dutchies.” Whatever the name they taste great, just hope you have more success with them than some of the contestants.
I always think of pinwheels being savoury not fruity and sweet, but this recipe is a great idea. With the apple in them they might go a bit soggy if you leave them in the tin too long, but I hopefully they’d be eaten before that could happen.
Finding things that are easy to make, taste good cold and are transportable for a picnic is always a challenge. Homemade pasties have always been a family favourite with us. I think this recipe which adds a little curry and fruit to the traditional flavour is a bit of a winner.
A strange name I know, but this oven bag recipe for beef rolls looks quite tasty. I don’t think there’s really any necessity to use an oven bag if you don’t have one, they would work just as well in a casserole dish. You need 500g of steak and should cook them at 180o.
Mum wrote this recipe out pretty roughly on a piece of paper from an exercise book. She used to make it fairly often either to take on picnics or for casual Sunday night teas. I can even visualize the baking tray she made it in – the family loved it.
CHEESE & BACON SLICE
White Wings flaky pastry (or any bought puff pastry) or home made pastry
1 medium sized apple, grated
1 medium potato, grated
1 medium onion, grated
Green pepper, finely chopped
30g butter, softened
1 cup grated cheese
2 rashes of bacon
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup milk
Line a lamington style baking tray, approx 30cm x 20.5cm x 3cm with the pastry. Combine the apple, potato, onion and green pepper in a bowl. Add the butter, cheese, bacon, eggs and milk and mix together. Bake for 3/4 of an hour at 200oC.
What did we do before coconut cream in a can? The answer is in this old recipe of Mum’s. She may not have had canned coconut cream or a jar of curry simmer sauce or paste, but Mum’s curried sausages were still great and you can see by the age of her recipe that she’d been making them for a long, long time.
2 tablespoons sugar
Juice and grated peel of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 dessertspoon flour
2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
Put coconut in saucepan with cupful of stock or water. Bring to boil, boil for a few minutes. Strain off liquid, discard coconut. Fry flour and curry powder in a little fat for a few minutes, add liquid from coconut, add sugar and lemon, stir well. Cook until smooth, pour into saucepan. Fry sausages till brown add to curry sauce. Slice onion and apple, fry till brown in little of sausage fat. Drain. Add to sausage and curry sauce. Cook slowly for 1 hour. Rice or chutney may be added.
These were one of my father’s favourites and Mum often made them when she had some leftover lamb roast. I’m guessing that she first made them back in the 1940s and after I got married I typed up the recipe and added it to my collection. As Mum’s original is almost impossible to read I’ve included my version here as as well. I’ve no idea why they’re call Madras Cutlets, I suppose the curry powder gave them an exotic Indian flavour!!!