As a concept, Kelly Brodsky’s Food For Lovers falls on the kooky side of the spectrum. Is this echoed in the food?
Well, sort of…
There are a number of odd recipes. Many of which rely on inappropriate uses of pineapple:
- Pineapple isn’t automatically an ingredient I would expect to see in a recipe entitled Braised Wine Steeped Beef. And yet, Kelly Brodsky takes it there.
- The stuffing mix for the Veal with Cashew Nut Stuffing recipe on p65, contains bacon, cashew nuts, calves liver and pineapple. If mixing offal and pineapple was a good idea, surely it would be pizza by now.
And if that wasn’t enough, there’s the veal scallopine sandwich:
Ok. Pineapple is the least of the problems in that recipe which actually sounds frighteningly modern. I”m sure something similar is being served in a fast food restaurant somewhere even as I write this.
Monosodium glutamate also features prominently in the recipe ingredients. As does canned asparagus.
However, Food For Lovers also contains a lot of good as well. I marked up over 30 that I would be prepared to make and I have made four, all of which were delicious!
So now, here is my Food For Lovers Three Course Love Feast.
Cucumber Stuffed With Cream Cheese
These were great!
2 large cucumbers, leave the skin on1 cup cream cheese
1 tbsp lemon juice
10 chopped anchovies
1 tbsp chopped chives
Ground black pepper
Scoop out the centres of the cucumbers.
Combine the cream cheese, lemon juice and anchovies and stuff this mixture into the cucumbers.
Place in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Serve sliced very thin sprinkled with the chives and black pepper on crackers or buttered crusty bread.
(Brodsky suggests serving with a dab of mayonnaise, I tried both with and without mayo and preferred it without)
Sautéed Cabbage and Bacon
- 1/2 head of cabbage
- 3 bacon rashers, chopped
- 1 clove or garlic chopped
- Dash of lemon juice
Finely shred the cabbage and steep it for 5 minutes in boiling salted water. Whislt this is steeping, sauté the bacon. Add the cabbage and garlic. Sauté Lightly. Sprinkle with a dash of lemon juice and serve.
(Broiled) Chicken With Corn Stuffing
I always thought that broiling was what Americans call grilling. The original recipe for this cooks it in water. Maybe she meant boiled? Either way, I roasted my chicken and it was super!
4 lb chicken
1 1/2 cups dry whole wheat breacrumbs
1 cup whole corn kernels
2 tbsp butter
1 cup chopped celery
1 finely chopped green pepper (I”m not a fan of this, I used a red onion in mine)
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
I also added a clove of garlic, crushed, 1/2 a chilli and some thmye and sage leaves)
In a large pan, heat the butter and saute the celery, pepper (onion), corn, mushrooms and garlic.
Take off the heat, add the herbs and breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Moisten with chicken stock. Cool. Then spoon into the chicken.
(I actually prefer to cook my stuffing in a separate dish).
Roast as per your preferred method. If unsure, Jamie Oliver has a solid method.
Gingered Dutch Apple Cake
This was very yummy!
3 tbsp butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup sifted self raising flour
1/2 cup milk
1 cup stewed apples
1 tsp cinnamon
dash of lemon juice
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sultanas
1 tbsp chopped preserved ginger
Cream butter and sugar. Add the egg and beat well. Then stir in the flour a few spoonfuls at a time, alternating with the milk. Pour into an 8 inch tin.
Combine the apples, cinnamon, lemon juice, brown sugar, walnuts, sultanas and ginger. Spoon on top of the cake mixture. Bake in a 190°C oven for around 45 minutes.
Slice and serve still warm with cream.