GREEK SAUSAGES IN TOMATO SAUCE

These sausage shaped meatballs can be prepared a day ahead or even frozen, which is really handy.  Making a casserole the day before you need it has the convenience factor, but as it can also improve the flavour, it can be a great idea.

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OCTOPUS IN RED WINE

Unless you’ve already bought 2kg of baby octopus it’s too late to make this recipe for Easter, but don’t worry it’d be good at any time of the year.  It comes from a Women’s Weekly ‘Let’s Go Greek!’ supplement, I like it because it gives clear instructions on how to prepare the baby octopus.

HERBED GARLIC BREAD

I’m lazy these days and buy prepared herb or garlic bread at the supermarket, but back in the 1970s you had to make your own.  This recipe is slightly different because it has both the garlic and herbs in the one loaf.  It says to slice the breadstick lengthwise, butter it and then cut into serving size pieces, again not what we usually did.  Think I’d stick to just cutting it into serving size pieces and definitely wrap it in foil before you put it in the oven otherwise you’ll have butter everywhere.

GARLIC MUSTARD RACK OF LAMB

In Mum’s time lamb was a cheap and tasty meat to use, but with the cost of racks of lamb at what they are today if you’re going to cook them you might just as well push the boat out and add a great topping. I don’t think you can go wrong with this mustard, garlic and soy sauce combo spread on top.

LAMB CHOPS WITH MUSTARD CRUST

Lamb is such a versatile meat.  You can roast it, casserole it, grill and bbq it, whatever you have the time or the taste for.  The page of lamb recipes that Mum kept from July 1997 showcases this versatility.  This recipe give a basic lamb chop a real lift and makes a change from just eating it with tomato sauce.

CLASSIC MINESTRONE

I’m deviating from Mum’s recipes this week because I made a pot of this minestrone soup for my family last Sunday and everyone said I should add the recipe to the collection.  I always make it the day before up to the marked area, then reheat it the next day and add the pasta.  If you add the pasta too early it can get a bit gluggy.