Sickeningly Good Chicken Chowder

Huh…in case you’re wondering why it’s two for one day here at RFFMT, it’s because I only realised that I hadn’t posted this recipe for Chicken Chowder which I wrote weeks ago, when I went to post my Pieathalon recipe.  So here is my belated Chicken Chowder.

Enjoy!

The A-Z of Cooking has not been kind to me recently.  So, even though I  LOVE soup and we are in the middle of winter so it’s perfect soup weather, I had my hesitations about trying something from the chapter called “Soups to Make a Meal”.  There were three options.  Lentil Soup, Minestrone and Chicken Chowder.  I feel like I  just made George Harrison’s Dark House Lentil Soup, the picture of the minestrone looked vile – and the recipe called for weird inclusions like turnips, parsnips  and swedes which have their place (which is mostly in the garbage) but never in a minestrone.  Not on my watch anyway.  So Chicken Chowder it was.  

At the time, i wasn’t overly concerned that there were no photos of the said chicken chowder.  You can’t photograph everything right?  Well, not in 1977 anyway.  As I was to find out, the omission quite possibly had more to do with a factor of the chicken chowder rather than any sort of 1970’s austerity measure.

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Before we get to the lows, let’s talk about life (and soup) highs.  I was immensely proud and somewhat baffled by being named one of Feedspot’s Top 100 food bloggers of 2017.  I’m still waiting for an email saying something along the lines of “Sorry Ms Fryer, there has been a terrible mistake and we have dealt with the offenders appropriately”  but in the meantime?  I’m doing a happy dance!

Awwwwww……he wasn’t even my President and I miss him to death!  How adorable is his happy dance?  And that cheeky little smile at the end?  Too.  Much. 

But I digress.  Chicken Chowder.  The highs.  This tasted deeeee – licious.  It was everything you want in a hearty winter soup.  Tasty, thick, creamy, filled with chicken and veg…..perfect comfort food to combat the cold weather blues!

Chicken Chowder 2So much for the highs.  What they don’t tell you in food blogging school…or maybe they do, I wouldn’t know, is that sometimes, things that taste really good – (Souper anyone?  Anyone?  Am I ladleing it on too thick?  Do I need to take stock?) sometimes just look a little bit shit when you try to photograph them.  Which is why I spent WAAAAAAAYYYYY   too many hours trying not to make my chicken chowder look like big bowls of vom.

Oh.  My.  Lord.  

The very things that made the chicken chowder delicious – creamy, chunky, diced veg….all combined to make the first….hmmm…let’s say 20 photos….. all look like someone had just thrown up rather neatly into a plate.  I really, really hope that the photos I ended up with don’t share that attribute.  But just in case you think I exaggerating, I will post one of the early versions right at the end.  Kind of makes me think that The A-Z of Cooking knew what it was doing when it conveniently didn’t have a photo of this hot mess!

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I used carrots, leeks and potatoes as my root vegetables.  Otherwise, here is the recipe direct from 1977!

Chicken Chowder Recipe

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  Ye of faint stomachs, look away now…here is one of vomitous photos.  

What a difference a bowl makes!

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Fluffy Lime Pie – Whip It, Whip It Good

Ladieeees and gentlemen…it’s that time o’ year again. The time where we put our pies in the sky…or at least the cloud….and celebrate Pieathalon IV.  I am celebrating this year with a recipe from Mandee over at https://vintagerecipecards.com/ called Fluffy Lime Pie.  This year, there are 12 bakers in the field, or as our beloved organiser Yinzerella called us, The Dirty Dozen!  All pie assignments are at the bottom of this post so please visit all the other bloggers and bakers!.  John  from The Food and Wine Hedonist got my assignment so please pay him a visit, if only to commiserate.  There were two versions, I can’t wait to see which one he chose!

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Five Things You Need To Know About Fluffy Lime Pie

  1. First up. For a vintage recipe Fluffy Lime Pie is weirdly modernly deconstructed in that it is not so much a pie as…..well, it’s a whole heap of filling with a sprinkle of crumbs on top.  Which is fine by me.  I’m all about the filling.  In fact this could be my perfect pie! 
  2. Fluffy Lime pie is perfectly, ridiculously, gloriously vintage in name alone, if nothing else.  No one today is making a Fluffy anything.  Personally, I blame that bastian of 1980’s cocktails the Fluffy Duck which pretty much ruined the reputation of Fluffy food for good.  Today my friends we are bucking that trend and putting Fluffy food back where it belongs!  Viva le revolution.
  3. For those of you, like myself who are carrying a few extra winter kilos?   This one is definitely for you.  For the Fluffy Lime Pie weighs (pun totally intended) in at less  than 100 calories per serve!
  4. We don’t have Graham crackers in Australia so I used a mix of crushed up Marie biscuits, ground ginger and a little bit of cinnamon for my “crust”.
  5. Here is a Fluffy Lime Pie from 1975!

Fluffy Lime Pie - orig

And here is mine:

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Hellloo twins!

I am utterly dumbfounded that this recipe worked.  I honestly did not think I would have a pie to show.  Why?  Well the base of Fluffy Lime Pie is whipped skim evaporated milk.  Which, in my head should not whip.  Because isn’t’ it the fat in cream that makes it whip?  And doesn’t low-fat evap by it’s very definition not have fat to whip?

By the way, the word whip appears in this post more times than it does in Fifty Shades.  Trigger warning disclaimer over.  Let’s get whipping!

So anyway, I put a flower pot on my head, Devo Style and whipped up my evap and lo and behold, it whipped up good!
Fluffy Lime PieNext up, some low-fat lime jello needed to be whipped up with some hot water and ice cubes. 

For your own safety do not add ice cubes into the bowl of your stand mixer.  The first ice-cube will hit the blade, fly out of the bowl and smack you right in the eye. Which should be enough for most people.  However, if you 

a) are undaunted by a pending black eye

b) like to live on the edge

c) have never heard of the phrase “once bitten, twice shy”

By all means add a second ice-cube into the mix.  It too will fly out of the bowl, this time missing your face but startling one of the dogs.

It’s about this time you should realise that whipping those ice cubes should probably be done by hand!  Taking out your trusty whisk, you can pause to wonder briefly how long it’s going to take for these ice cubes to melt?  Is this a ploy to make you exercise and hence enhance the low calorific benefits of the Fluffy Lime Pie?

Fluffy Lime Pie 2It actually didn’t take very long at all.  Then, yep, you guessed it.  More whipping….

 

Then you add the milk back in and….

 

A few minutes later you have this:Fluffy Lime Pie 5A few more additions, sugar, lemon juice and zest and you are done!

You can now swap the whipping for a bit of grinding…

And after you are done with that you can crush up some biscuits and sprinkle them over the top!

This is so pretty!!!  The pale green colour is gorgeous!  And the fluffy texture with the crumb is delicious!Fluffy Lime Pie 7 (2)

The downside is that metallic taste that comes from the artificial sweetener in the low cal jello.  Personally, if I were to make this again…I would use regular jelly and not add the sugar at the end. Here’s the recipe  in case you want to have a try!

Thank you Mandee for the recipe, this was a blast, so much fun!  Thank you as always Yinzerella for the invite and thanks to all the other bloggers who make this such a great annual event!  Same time next year?

The Dirty Dozen Pieathletes:

PS – The tablecloth above may also contain a little hint as to where I’ll be this time next week!  I’ll be away for around a month and will not be blogging but please follow me on Insta to see trip pics!

See you in August!

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Walnut Spice Sandwich Cookies

Oh boy, the A-Z of Cooking is not being kind to me lately! As we near the Z end of the alphabet there seem to have been a lot more fails.  Today we arrived at “S for Spicing it Up” and a Walnut Spice Sandwich Cake which was so dry that I made it into cookies.  The Walnut Spice Sandwich cookies were a big step up from the cake but let’s just say that I won’t be in a great hurry to make them again.  At least they look kind of pretty…in a totally lopsided way!

Walnut Spice Cookies2And oh yeah, I made it back from the city of serial killers intact!  Adelaide was heaps of fun….and it was great to be away with these girls!

AdelaideAh, but I digress.  Where were we?  Oh yeah….Walnut Spice Sandwich cookies not cake.  Walnuts, spice.  Kind of meh…let’s not speak of them again…

Walnut Spice Cookies3Except for this.  Just in case you think it’s me, here is the picture of the so-called cake from The A-Z of Cooking.  I feel the dry texture of the that prompted me to turn my “cake” into cookies is as well represented here as it is in my efforts. 

Walnut Spice Sandwich CakeAm I right?  You might be wondering why i chose to make something that looks quite so unappetising. Well, so am I.  The main reason was that there were only three recipes in this section.  The cake, a beef curry and a rice casserole.  Given I posted a curry not so long ago that  was out. And the rice casserole was loaded with green pepper which I don’t really get along with.  The cake seemed like the best option.  In retrospect the rice casserole sans the green pepper  might have been a better choice. 

The second reason was that the method of making it was somewhat weird.  I’ve made a LOT of cakes in my life and this was the first where I had to beat the eggs and sugar in a double boiler.  And you know what?  As the results prove there’s probably a very good reason why this doesn’t happen more often!  If you would like to make a cake via an odd method here’s the recipe:

Walnut Spice Sandwich Cake RecipeComing up next time, another “souper” pick from  The A-Z of Cooking.  Til then, have a fabulous week!

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Frangelico Luau

Aloha people of the internet.  It’s time to don your grass skirts, your leis and start shimmying those hips in a vague approximation of the hula because we’re off to Hawaii with this lovely Frangelico Luau.  Well, actually I’m off to Perth but a holiday is a holiday right?  Also, winter has arrived in Melbourne, its cold, gloomy, dark, rainy and miserable.  So a reminder of sun, sand and tropics is also in order! 

Frangelico LuauI found the recipe for the Frangelico Luau in the Feb / March edition of Vogue Entertaining and Travel.  It’s a three ingredient taste o’ the tropics that is pretty to look at and yummy to drink.  And guaranteed to bring some sunshine into the darkest winter day!

Frangelico Luau2The Frangelico Luau has only three ingredients – Frangelico, Pineapple Juice and Grenadine so it is relatively light in alcohol.  This is a great holiday drink because it is one you can sip all afternoon without getting too drunk to enjoy the evening!  I would have been a bit dubious about the combination of hazelnut, pineapple and pomegranate but it works! 

There are a few more lovely sounding Frangelico cocktails from the same advertisement so there may be a few more appearing here soon!

Frangelico Luau
A lovely taste of the tropics, guaranteed to brighten up even the gloomiest of days!
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Ingredients
  1. 30ml Frangelico
  2. 120ml pineapple juice
  3. Dash Grenadine
  4. Pineapple Circle and Mint Sprig to garnish
Instructions
  1. Mix the Frangelico, pineapple juice and grenadine in a blender. Pour into a chilled glass over ice.
  2. Garnish with a pineapple circle and a mint sprig.
  3. I used Vietnamese mint to add to the tropical vibe but regular mint would be fine!
  4. Enjoy!
Adapted from Vogue Entertaining and Travel Feb / March 1990
Adapted from Vogue Entertaining and Travel Feb / March 1990
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 Gotta run, both metaphorically and literally – my plane leaves in a couple of hours and I have yet to pack and I also want to stretch my legs before the four-hour flight!

Have a wonderful week! 

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Honey Jumbles

I’m not much of a biscuit maker.  In fact this the first biscuit (cookie) for my American friends that I have made on here.  And what a biscuit it is!  Lets start with the name – how adorable is it?  How can anything called a Honey Jumble not be delicious?  So what are they?  A honey jumble is a soft, slightly chewy biscuit flavoured with honey (derrrrr), ginger, cloves and spice topped with a slightly citrussy icing.  They manage to be both slightly sophisticated in flavour as well as immensely comforting.  And they are perfect with a cup of tea!

Honey JumblesHa..I’m actually not much of a regular tea drinker either – I am a coffee girl through and through but I love a herbal tea and this one, which is a Twinings Defence – flavoured with Orange, Cinnamon and Ginger really compliments the spicy / citrus flavour of the Honey Jumbles.

Honey Jumbles2Honey  Jumbles are a classic Australian bikkie – and yes, our penchant for shortening words does extend to biscuits!  I’m not sure if Honey Jumbles are still being made commercially.  There were none in my  two local supermarkets but that could be totally by the by.  I suspect however, that their flavour profile, (not overly sweet, and a light gingerbready taste) belongs to the past.  They certainly remind me of childhood.  My nana used to love all things pink and she often served honey jumbles when we came to visit.  However, if you are looking for a taste of nostalgia or just a little something something to have with a cuppa, these are easy enough to make.  My recipe, which is below is a combination of two recipes I found on the interwebs.  The biscuit recipe is from Food to Love and the icing from Taste.com.au.  Links to both  can be found in the recipe.

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Honey Jumbles
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For The Biscuits
  1. 1/3 cup honey
  2. 45 g butter
  3. 1 cup plain flour, plus extra for kneading
  4. 1 tsp ground ginger
  5. 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  6. 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  7. 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  8. 1 tbsp milk
For The Icing
  1. 1 eggwhite
  2. 1 1/2 cups pure icing sugar, sifted
  3. 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  4. Pink food colouring
For The Biscuits
  1. In a small saucepan, heat honey and butter together on low until melted and simmering. Cool 5 minutes.
  2. Sift flour, ginger, spice, soda and cloves together into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in butter mixture and milk, stirring until well-combined. Cover with plastic wrap and chill 30 minutes, until firm.
  3. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  4. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead, working in a little extra flour gradually if needed, until mixture is no longer sticky.
  5. Divide mixture into two. Roll each into a sausage shape about 1.5cm thick. Cut each into 5mm widths. Shape into ovals and place on trays.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes until they begin to crack. Allow to cool on trays.
For The Icing
  1. Using: a whisk, beat eggwhite in a bowl until foaming.
  2. Gradually beat in icing sugar until combined.
  3. Stir in lemon juice.
  4. Tint pink with food colouring. Spread the biscuits with pink icing.
  5. Set aside for 30 minutes or until set.
Adapted from http://www.foodtolove.com.au/recipes/honey-jumbles-11345 and http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/honey-jumble-biscuits/36830354-02bb-4228-a656-7b25454f60bc
Adapted from http://www.foodtolove.com.au/recipes/honey-jumbles-11345 and http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/honey-jumble-biscuits/36830354-02bb-4228-a656-7b25454f60bc
Retro Food For Modern Times http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/
 So, May is the blogiversary and, I have, for at least the last few years, had a month long celebration.  That won’t be happening this year as my May is jam packed with real world activities.  One of my girlfriends is getting married waaaaaay over on the other side of Australia. Not only am I delighted and honoured to have been invited to her special day but I have also never been to Perth before so I am looking forward to seeing pastures new.  Then, I am barely back from the West when I need to get on another plane for a girl’s (long) weekend in Adelaide.  City of churches, pie floaters, and weird murders here I come!

Honey Jumbles4Have a wonderful week everyone, I’ll try to squeeze a post in before I head out west but if not, look forward to happy snaps from the other side of Australia!

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