VINE LEAVES WITH PINE NUTS AND CURRANTS

A fabulous flavour of Greece or so the Women’s Weekly said in it’s Let’s Go Greek supplement back in 1992.  Don’t think anyone would disagree with that statement.  Always a favourite at a Greek restaurant, but by the look of this recipe pretty easy to make at home as well.

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RICH LITTLE FRUIT CAKES

Cooking these in a muffin tray would seem to me to make them the ideal size for a children’s or even adult’s lunchbox.  The added bonus is that they’re quick and easy to make.

ECCLES CAKES

All I’ve ever known about Eccles cakes is that they are English.  So when I found this recipe I thought I’d better find out a bit more about them.  Good old Wikipedia tells me that ‘Eccles cakes are named after the English town of Eccles. It is not known who invented the recipe, but James Birch is credited with being the first person to sell Eccles cakes commercially, from his shop in the town centre in 1793″.  Any fans of the 1950s Goon Show will also know that Eccles was a character played by Spike Milligan – an amiable, well-meaning man with no wits or understanding, in other words a bit of an idiot.  So the humble Eccles Cake has quite a history.

 

CHICKEN MOROCCAN-STYLE CASSEROLE

Did you think using chickpeas in a recipe was a new thing?  This Moroccan style casserole from a 1990s, Australian Women’s Weekly supplement Clever Casseroles disproves this.  This recipe is more than 20 years old and a. is Moroccan style and b. uses chickpeas – everything old is new again…….and it even includes a couscous recipe.

chicken-casseroles-moroccan-style

SPOTTED DICK PUDDING

Who knows how this pudding got it’s name, but it’s been the butt of jokes for years and years.  Despite the name it’s really just a fairly simple steamed pudding, which tastes good, especially served with custard.  This traditional recipe uses a pudding cloth for the cooking, but it can also be made in a pudding basin.

Spotted Dick Pudding