BOBOTIE

This is a traditional South African dish and is basically a curried mince pie.  The milk, bread cubes and egg give it a nice custard topping somewhat like moussaka.

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CHOCOLATE CREAMED RICE

This recipe was published in the Woman’s Day in 1991 and uses a microwave to cook the rice.  I think it would work even better if you cooked it in a rice cooker.  I’d make sure I washed the rice before using it and I’d substitute cream for some of the water & milk.  I think then you’d have a lovely creamy, chocolaty mix.

 

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.

LAMINGTONS

Australia Day is only a couple of weeks away and how better to celebrate it than with lamb, pavlova and lamingtons.  The lamingtons take a bit of patience to make yourself, but are much better than the bought variety.  The conversion for this old recipe of Mum’s is: 8oz = 250ml, 4oz = 125g and the 9in square cake tin = 23cm.

PLUM CLAFOUTI

Claufouti – a baked French dessert of fruit, traditionally black cherries, arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan-like batter – that’s the official definition anyway.  This recipe was published in the Woman’s Day sometime ago, but I only started making it more recently.  It’s a terrific dinner party dessert, because you can prepare it beforehand and then put it in the oven while you’re eating the main course.  I don’t bother with the cinnamon sticks, I just serve it with some cream and icecream and everyone seems to like it.