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.
Was travelling through country NSW recently and after a long day of driving we decided to have a quick meal at a Chinese restaurant before an early night – big mistake. I wasn’t all that hungry and thought a prawn omelet would be ideal. Not so, it was dreadful, unrecognizable frozen seafood and a heavy pancake thick ‘egg’ batter, really awful. Nothing at all like this recipe which is full of fresh vegetables, prawns and 8 eggs – and I’m sure no dose of indigestion as I had after my Tamworth one.
Vegetarian recipes weren’t something Mum would have been looking for on the pages of the Herald Sun. Growing up I can’t remember anyone among our family or friends who didn’t eat meat, so cooking vegetable only dishes just wasn’t necessary. This recipe is on a page Mum kept from the paper that had pork, lamb, sausage and fish casseroles on it, so the recipes were around, they just weren’t something Mum made.
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.