When I read this recipe my first thought was to use smoked cod, but of course that’s only one type of smoked fish. You could also use smoked trout or smoked salmon, really whichever you like best. Served with a salad it would make a great summer dish.
Large filled Vol-au-Vent cases just screams 1970s entree to me. Of course the smaller version were served before dinner or at parties with drinks, but the larger ones filled with chicken or fish mornay were a popular first course. The good thing about this recipe is that you can dispense with the cases and just make the chicken filling, if you use a rotisserie chicken and serve it with rice it should taste great.
This is an early version of homemade Chinese chicken and almonds, before woks were a common household utensil, before you could buy a chicken already cooked from the supermarket and before you could buy cooked rice from the freezer or shelf. A great example of how things have changed in the last 40+ years.
Seems like when Mum tore this out of the Woman’s Day she missed the last few lines so has handwritten them on the bottom. Her instructions read “other half 27cm” and “over with pastry. 200o C, 400oF – 40 mins”. I’ll add my comments – that this could be a hearty pie for vegetarians by simply substituting the bacon for extra vegetables.