Category: 1970’s food

Blackberry and Apple Pie

So, today we’ve reached R in The A-Z of Cooking (1977) and…what?  Yeah, I know the heading for the post is Blackberry and Apple Pie. But we’re at R already; you should know by now that The A-Z is never going to give you Roasts or Rice or Root Vegetables. Anyone want to guess the “R” in blackberries or apples or pie?  No?  Good thing because you may as well be shouting “Rumpelstiltskin”.   The R in question is “Reheatable”. What makes this even weirder than the normal bonkers of The A-Z is that you’ll quite likely never need to reheat this Blackberry and Apple Pie because it is so good that you’ll eat it in one go!

Blackberry and Apple PieIf you follow me on Instagram, this picture may be somewhat familiar as I posted it the day I made it which was waaaaayyy back in February. As they say, good things some to those who wait!  The February baking also explains the heart-shaped decorations because nothing says “I love you” like pie right?

Pie Pastry 5The pastry for the Blackberry and Apple Pie came together really well which was awesome because pastry and bread, even after just doing two months of bread with Tasty Reads, are still things that frighten me!  I used frozen blackberries so my mixture was quite wet so when before I placed the filling into the pastry I sprinkled some almond meal into the mix.  This helps to soak up any juices that would have resulted in that anathema to the British Bake Off – the soggy bottom.  Having recently spilled my water bottle all over my lap en route to the gym and having to do an entire class feeling like I had wet my pants, I am also totally against the soggy bottom!

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Blackberry and Apple Pie3Okay, I know I need to work on my edges but come on, you gotta give me points for the hearts right?  

Blackberry and Apple Pie4Long story short.  This was one of the best recipes so far from The A-Z of Cooking.  Shame it was hidden away in “R for Reheatable”.  If I was going to randomly allocate it a category, it would certainly fall under “T for Totally Awesome”.  Here’s the recipe, including my l’il almond meal trick.

Blackberry and Apple Pie
A delicious and easy to make Blackberry and Apple Pie
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For The Pastry
  1. 200g flour
  2. 100g butter
  3. 1 tbsp castor sugar
  4. 1 egg yolk
  5. Water
For The Filling
  1. 500g cooking apples
  2. 1 punnet fresh or 250g frozen blackberries
  3. 1-2 tbsp almond meal
  4. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  5. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  6. Sugar
To Serve
  1. Vanilla Ice Cream (optional)
For The Pastry
  1. Sift the flour into a bowl.
  2. Add the butter and rub until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Add the sugar, the egg yolk and enough water to make a firm dough.
  4. Roll out half the dough into a circle and line a 22cm pie dish.
For The Filling
  1. Peel, core and slice the apples.
  2. Mix them with the blackberries, the lemon juice, the almond meal, and sugar to taste.
  3. Spoon the filling into the lined pie dish.
  4. Heat your oven to 425F or 220C.
  5. Roll out the rest of the dough and use it to top the pie. Seal the edges, trim neatly and decorate as you wish. Make sure you include a hole in the centre, either as part of the decoration as I did or, just with a skewer. This will allow the steam to escape.
  6. Sprinkle with sugar.
  7. Place in oven and bake until the pastry is golden-brown, about 30-40 minutes.
  8. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired!
Adapted from The A-Z of Cooking 1977
Adapted from The A-Z of Cooking 1977
Retro Food For Modern Times http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/
 Back to work tomorrow after an Easter break filled with doing a whole heap of nothing!  I feel like I’m getting back into the swim of blogging regularly.  Let’s hope my holiday filled May doesn’t derail my best intentions!

Have a wonderful week!  And enjoy the pie!

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Strawberry Whip

Today we’re whipping it, whipping it..kind of mediocre  as we stroll down Avenue Q of The A-Z of Cooking (1977).  Quick Desserts is the chapter and Strawberry Whip is the verse.

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I’ll give The A-Z this.  The Strawberry Whip is quick to make.  However, I’m going to come right out and say it.  This was not for me.  But surprisingly not for the reason I thought it would.  The strawberry whip is a cross between a milkshake and an ice cream, kind of like a thickshake. 

I am not a milk drinker. 

Even as a child, a glass of milk would make me  gag.  So, I fiddled with the recipe provided by The A-Z because there was no way I could have faced it.  I halved the milk and doubled the ice cream.  I left out the ice cubes.

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And I still had to give it up after about three mouthfuls.  Not for the reason I thought I might which was the milky strawberry mix.  No, it was because my first mouthful was of straight whipped cream and that was me gone.  I KNOW!  What kind of freak doesn’t like whipped cream?  This kind of freak apparently.. . And I semi-defy anyone to eat a whole mouthful of whipped cream and enjoy it.  Oh?  You did?  And you liked it?  You’ll LOVE the strawberry whip then!

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However, whilst we’re bitching about it?  Don’t even bother with the brandy.  I felt it was a bit redundant to add vanilla to vanilla ice cream so
I used the brandy.  I couldn’t taste it at all.  My recommendation would be to save your booze (and your vanilla) for when it counts. 

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Strawberry Whip3That’s all folks, we’re done with Q.  But before we hit R, the bunny cometh, and to celebrate I made bread.  It was good.  Really good.

Next time…

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BBQ’ed Chicken Drummers & Corn Butter

Howdy y’all,

This recipe for BBQ’ed chicken drummers and corn butter feels very southern to me, hence my greeting. It’s also perfect for those lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer, which is what we are experiencing right now in Australia…or are we?  More about that later.  So, where were we?  Oh yeah – Southern, Summer, the classic combination of chicken and corn (second only to that other classic combo of chicken and beer) and only 6 ingredients!  This most definitely a winner, winner chicken dinner!

You will notice in the bottom left of the photo below that there is a round crumbed looking object.  That was a Cajun tomato.  This is the last you ever hear of that.  It wasn’t good.  I’m only even mentioning it so you don’t wonder what it was.  Apart from that the BBQ’ed chicken drummers and corn butter were deliciousness on a plate!

The BBQ drummers for this recipe came from Picnics and Barbecues Chapter of The A-Z of Cooking (1977).  The corn butter comes from Food 52.  So, gorgeous summer day, perfect weather, not a cloud in the sky was the order of the day.  Until about 6:00pm which was just about when we had planned to fire up the barbecue.  Then this happened.   It went dark and it BUCKETED rain for about the next 15 hours! 

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We beat a hasty retreat inside and got out the old grill pan.

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So, whilst we’re waiting for out drummers to cook, let’s talk about corn butter.  You’ll be wondering how something with ONE ingredient can taste so good!  I found this recipe in Genius Recipes from Food 52.  Here it is for you:
One Ingredient Corn Butter

No prizes for guessing what that one ingredient is!

Corn Butter

For the remaining five ingredients, here’s the recipe for the chicken:

 

BBQ'ed Chicken Drummers
A simple and delicious way to cook chicken.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tbsp butter
  2. 1 tsp Mustard, I used Dijon but you could use Hot English for more spice
  3. 1/2 tsp Worchestershire sauce
  4. A few drops of Tabasco sauce (optional)
  5. 6 chicken drumsticks
Instructions
  1. Mix together the butter, mustard, Worchestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce.
  2. Brush the mix over the drumsticks and cook them on the barbecue until the juices run clear when poked with a skewer.
  3. Serve with the corn butter.
Adapted from The A-Z of Cooking (1977)
Adapted from The A-Z of Cooking (1977)
Retro Food For Modern Times http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/
Have a great week and y’all come back now,hear?
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Old Favourites – Chicken Pie

 Happy New Year everyone!  2016 was a tough year and I am glad to see the back of it!  And what better way to celebrate the turn of the year than with a classic chicken pie! Well, champagne and lobster would have also been grand but chicken pie it was!  And Lord Almighty, you have no idea the effort involved in bringing you this chicken pie – direct from the pages of The A-Z of Cooking!  This is the third recipe I made from the chapter called Old Favorites

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The first thing I made were some pastries called Maids of Honour, originally made in Tudor Times.   I nearly lost my head when I saw the photos of them.  They were terrible!!!  Totally unusable.  So then I made an Apple Pan Dowdy.  Terrible name for what was a quite tasty upside down apple cake.  I did not take any photos the night I made it and only remembered a couple of days later that I needed to.  By which time, the cake was gone! 

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Left in the chapter was a recipe for Steak and Kidney Pie – I know people eat it and I’m sure it’s delicious.  But as far as I’m concerned kidneys are there to absorb waste and make urine – neither of which make me want to pop some in my mouth and chew.  There was also a recipe for a Killarney Hot Pot which contained pork belly which is another thing I don’t eat.  Finally, there was a recipe for Chicken Pie which I initially ignored because….boring!  Then I realised I had everything I needed to make it in the house and voila, chickken pie it was!

Chicken Pie3This Chicken Pie is actually not boring.  It was delicious!!!  Making it during a heat wave was probably not my brightest move ever but it was worth it!  Seriously, the night I made those pies, I went to bed around 1:00am and it was still 32°C.  That’s 89.6°F for my American friends.  And is damn hot for the early hours of the morning where ever you are!  So you can only imagine how much hotter it was earlier in the day when I was baking the pies!

Chicken Pie 4This was perfectly balanced, chicken and mushroom is always a great combination and this had the perfect amount of wine and cream.  I added some fresh chives into my chicken mix and made small pies instead of one large one but otherwise this was exactly as per The A-Z.  Well, I used bought pastry instead of making my own  – heat wave remember?

This would be a great way to use leftover chicken…just sub it in at the point of mixing.  And if you are not fond of mushrooms (I’m looking at you Jenny Hammerton) use whatever vegetables you like – corn, asparagus and or leek would all be super delicious or you could go very traditional and have peas, carrots, celery.

The only downside of this pie, apart from the heat wave, was that for the whole time I made it I was singing that terrible hair band song from the ’90’s “She’s my cherry pie” in my head, except I was subbing in chicken for cherry. Be warned.  It could also happen to you!  Meaning, now that I have planted that seed it surely will! 

All together now

“It’s my chicken pie,

Cool drink of water, such a sweet surprise,

Tastes so good makes a grown man cry,

My chicken pie”

Now that I’ve ruined this, and all future chicken pies for you all, here’s the recipe:

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Chicken Pie2Enjoy and have a wonderful week! 

I hope 2017 brings you everything you wish for! 

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Potato Almond Balls

When a chapter called Nuts about Nourishment contains a recipe for Deep Fried Mashed Potato Balls, you know it has to be 1977.  And that we are about to delve into The A-Z of Cooking.  Potato Almond Balls.  I was so excited about these, I ate salad for a week to pre-compensate for the delicious calorific overload. 

And then they didn’t work.

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The problem was that the egg and almond crust split in many places…and when it did, the mashed potato kind of disintegrated. So in a lot of instances I ended up with the almond crust and not much else.  Where they remained whole, they were totally delicious sprinkled with a bit of smoked paprika and dipped in some of my favorite green sauce.

I’m putting the failure of the balls down to the wrong temperatures.  Either the balls were too cold or too warm or the oil was.  Is it significant that The A-Z of Cooking has no pictures of this dish?  It is possible that their Potato Almond Balls also broke into bits? 

Here’s the recipe for anyone who wants it, I hope you have better luck than me!

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To counteract the effect of deep fried potato balls (and because I had no other photos) I thought I would give you all an update on my attempts at the C25K running program.  Today I started week 7 of the program and ran for 25 minutes which was not only the longest time but also the furthest distance I have done so yay me!

Mind you, this is probably a very apt description of both my pace and my style:

Personally, given my new obsession with the ‘My Favorite Murder Podcast,, this might well become my mantra:

And this is probably closer to the truth:;

Next time in The A-Z we are moving onto O for some “Old Fashioned Favourites”.  I was hoping to be done with it by the end of the year but given it is nearly December (how the hell did that happen?) it seems unlikely.  I’m now aiming for end of summer.

Have a fabulous week everyone!

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