In this recipe cooked pasta with a cheese and mustard sauce is pressed into a pie dish and baked to form a crust. The filling of chicken, leek, carrot and zucchini is added and then topped with more of the pasta mix. A quite different sort of chicken and vegetable pie.
It’s a cold, windy winter’s day here in Melbourne today, so this Shepherd’s Pie sounds like the ideal meal for tonight. This recipe is a bit different as the topping is rice, cheese and cream instead of the traditional potato. It comes from a Women’s Weekly Rice and Easy supplement Mum pulled out and kept back.
Tomato sauce and cheese on toast has been a well loved favourite in Mum’s and my households for years. Mum also used to make a little afternoon tea/supper snack that was cheese and bacon on toast, but this recipe combines them both. Personally I’m not sure about the garlic, but after finding this recipe I’m now going to give the sauce, cheese and bacon a go.
Every time I pick my granddaughters up from school and take their lunch boxes out their school bags I’m astonished at how magnificent lunchboxes are these days. When I was at school my lunch was a sandwich wrapped in lunch wrap and piece of fruit which Mum into a brown paper bag. Unsurprisingly squashed sandwiches and squashed fruit were often the result. Mum was also inventive with sandwich fillings, banana and sultanas, vegemite and celery, cheese and beetroot and sometimes a homemade cheese spread. Not sure that this is the recipe she used as she wouldn’t have put sherry in her kids sandwiches, but it might be tasty for bigger kids lunches at work or uni or as a dip.
I’m going to make Cauliflower with White Sauce and Cheese, as it’s always been called in our family, to go with Christmas lunch as usual. So I was pleased to find this recipe showing the proper way to make it. It’s something I make quite a lot, passed down from Mum of course. I’ve never had a recipe for it and I was surprised just how much my version has evolved from this 1970s one. I microwave the cauliflower, make a fairly thick white sauce in the microwave, pour it over the cauliflower and then top the whole lot with lots of cheese. Sometimes I even add broccoli – not traditional maybe, but it’s quick, easy and tastes great.
Version One has the grand title Chicken Saute Au Gratin – a bit fancy really for chicken and mushroom topped with chips and cheese. Still as the tag at the bottom says it’s a great one for kids.
Version Two is not that much more sophisticated and should also be one kids love. Having just made a ‘pasta bake’ ie macaroni cheese for my grand-daughters, I really think this could also be called a pasta bake. Although I think I’d substitute whole milk for the evaporated milk for a better flavour.
Among Mum’s recipe collection I’ve found a great sheet put out by the Pampas pastry people. It has lots of Finger Food Recipes so I thought with Christmas entertaining fast approaching I’d share some of them with you. Pinwheels can be made with a variety of fillings, but I think this pizza one will appeal to kids of all ages.