For 4 people you need: 4-6 lamb or pig kidneys 5 slices bacon 1 large onion 2-4 tablespoons shortening or butter 1¼ cups stock seasoning 1 tablespoon cornstarch 3-4 tablespoons water rice or toast for serving
Skin and core the kidneys, cut into small pieces; cut bacon into small pieces; slice the onion.
Heat the shortening in the pan and fry kidneys, back, and onion together until the onion is soft and golden brown.
Pour in the stock, simmer for approximately 15 minutes, seasoning well.
Start cooking rice, if used.
Blend the cornstarch with the water and add to the kidney mixture, cook for several minutes, stirring all the time.
TO SERVE: Arrange in a border of cooked rice or on toast.
TO VARY: Use half stock and half tomato juice; add ½-1 cup sliced mushrooms. Blend the cornstarch with port instead of water.
TO STORE: The kidney and bacon mixture may be kept in a cool place and reheated thoroughly.
Long-time followers will remember my participation in this annual event. In past years I would subject my neighbour, affectionately known as Crazy Neighbour Dude, to being the official taste tester of the pies I’ve had to produce. Alas, this year I don’t have the luxury of him as a guinea pig. Earlier this year we moved from California to Oregon and Crazy Neighbour Dude moved to Vegas. We are now just statistics in the Grand Exodus from California, and I don’t know my new neighbours well enough to try to poison them. Maybe by next year.
Summer pie comes from the 1971 Winnie-The-Pooh-inspired cookbook The Pooh Cook Book. I love me some Winnie-The-Pooh. If you don’t you’re a broken and sad person and I have no use for you.
Serves 6 8 digestive biscuits 1 level tablespoon castor sugar 1½ oz butter or margarine For the filling: 1 small tin sweetened condensed milk ¼ pint double cream 2 lemons ¼ lb black grapes
Find a rolling pin, a mixing basin, a saucepan, a tablespoon and a dessertspoon. Find also a 7″ shallow pie plate, a lemon squeezer and a grater.
Crush biscuits with a rolling pin to make fine crumbs and place the crumbs in a mixing basin. Add the sugar. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat, draw off the heat and using a fork stir in the biscuit crumb mixture. Mix well.
Spoon the mixture into the centre of the pie plate. Using the back of a tablespoon, press the mixture over the base and proud the sides of the dish to make a biscuit pie crust. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour or so until firm.
Place the condensed milk and cream into a mixing basin. Finely grate the rind of 1 lemon. Squeeze the juice from 2 lemons and strain it. Add to the mixture along with the lemon rind. Stir with a wooden spoon to mix and the mixture will go quite thick in the basin.
Pour the filling into the chilled biscuit pie crust and spread level. Wash, half and deseed the black grapes, arrange them in a ring around the edge of the pie to decorate.
Chill the pie for several hours for the filling to set firm. Then cut in wedges and serve.
Ingredient adjustments: Digestive Biscuits = Biscoff Cookies Double Cream = Heavy Whipping Cream Grapes = Raspberries
When you live in a small town in the Oregon countryside, fancy things like Digestive Biscuits from the UK are sparse, so I opted to do the crust using BIscoff cookies. Which come in handy little two-packs that they promote as “Airline size” – because that’s a marketing ploy that makes sense? But whatever, they taste good and do the trick for the crust.
The pie, however, was just a puddle of sugar that never actually set. I mean it pretended to. I left it in the fridge for 2 days before trying to cut it and there was no visible wiggle, but nope. Nothing doing. This could be because heavy whipping cream isn’t the same consistency as double cream. Also, I substituted raspberries for grapes because that’s just a weird pie topper as far as I’m concerned. Grapes are for wine.
My husband, the Poor Bastard, volunteered as tribute this year and wound up slurping up raspberries and cream with some crumble. While he didn’t complain about being experimented upon, he did tell me I was good to toss the whole thing out because our medical insurance won’t cover the heart surgery eating this whole pie would inevitably lead up to.
My apologies Battenburgbelle for any disappointment the execution of her pie may bring.
Hot water crust pastry 1½ pounds plain flour 2 level teaspoons salt ½ pound lard ½ pint water
Filling ¾ pound breast of veal ¾ pound gammon ¾ pound cooked tongue ½ Spanish onion, finely chopped Thyme Marjoram Chopped fresh tarragon Chopped fresh parsley Salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 hard-boiled eggs
Garnish Beaten egg Aspic jelly
Hot water crust pastry: Sift flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Melt the lard and water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add to the dry ingredients and mix quickly to a soft, pliable dough. Line a rectangular pie mould with two-thirds of the dough, pressing it well down into the corners.
Filling: Cut the veal, gammon and cooked tongue into cubes, and mix with finely chopped Spanish onion and generous amounts of thyme, marjoram and chopped fresh tarragon and parsley. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Half-fill the mould with the meat and herb mixture; arrange hard-boiled eggs on top and then fill mould with the remaining meat and herb mixture.
Roll out remaining pastry and cover the top of the pie, pressing edges well together. Trim edges and decorate with “leaves” cut from pastry trimmings. Brush with beaten egg; make three small holes in the pastry lid for the steam to escape, and bake in a fairly hot oven (425° – M6) for ½ hour. Then reduce heat to 375° – M4 and cooked for a further 1¼ hours. (If top becomes too brown, cover with a sheet of aluminium foil.) Allow pie to become quite cold. Remove rectangular pie mould and pour liquid aspic jelly (cool) through the holes in the pastry with the aid of a paper funnel. Leave pie overnight before cutting.
5-pound ready-to-cook stewing chicken, cut up 3 cups water 1 medium-sized onion, sliced Handful of celery tops 1 tablespoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 bay leaf ½ cup flour 1 tall can (1⅔ cups) evaporated milk 2 cups cooked, sliced carrots 1 pound cooked small white onions 1 recipe Baking Powder Biscuits, see Index C
Place chicken in large kettle with next 6 ingredients. Cover and bring. toa boil; simmer 1½ to 2 hours or until tender. Remove chicken from broth; cool. Strain the broth; cool. Remove chicken from the bones; leave meat in rather large pieces.
Skim fat from broth; measure ½ cup fat and 2⅓ cups broth. Heat the ½ cup fat in a large saucepan; blend in four. Slowly add and stir in the 2⅓ cups broth and the milk. Cook and stir until sauce thickens. Add chicken, carrots, and onions, and more salt and pepper to taste; reheat. Pour into a 3-quart baking dish. Prepare biscuit dough and cut with a cutter in any desired shape. Arrange the uncooked biscuits on top. Bake in very hot oven, 450°, 20 to 25 minutes, or until biscuits brown. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
NOTE: Remaining broth may be frozen and used later for making soup.
1 large red apple, cored Lemon juice 12 thin slices cooked turkey 2 tablespoons turkey broth or water ½ of a 10¾-ounce can (⅔ cup) condensed cream of chicken soup ¼ cup dairy sour cream 3 tablespoons milk 2 teaspoons curry powder 6 slices French bread, toasted
Cut apple into thin wedges; brush with lemon juice. In skillet heat turkey in broth, covered for 4 to 5 minutes; turn slices once. Meanwhile, in saucepan combine soup, sour cream, milk, and curry powder; heat through. Place 2 slices turkey and 3 apple wedges atop each slice of bread; spoon sauce over. Makes 6 servings.
In a small bowl combine the ¼ cup mayonnaise-type dressing, chili sauce, and dill pickle. Cover and refrigerate. Before serving, toast bread and spread one side of each slice with 1 teaspoon mayonnaise-type dressing. Arrange one lettuce leaf, one slice roast beef, and one peach half on each. Drizzle some of the dressing mixture over top of each. Makes 4 servings.
Ingredients: (4 pers.) 1 large head of cauliflower Water Salt 1 packet frozen peas 2 hardboiled eggs
Sauce: 1 tablespoon margarine 2 tablespoons flour 1-2 teaspoons curry approximately 3 dl vegetable broth 1 egg yolk ½ dl cream 1½ hg frozen shrimp salt white pepper cut dill
Preparation: 1. Clean the cauliflower head and cook it until just and evenly soft in lightly salted water. 2. Fry margarine and curry for the sauce, stir in the flour, and dilute with vegetable broth a little at a time. Let the sauce cook for a few minutes. 3. Heat the sauce with the egg yolk stirred in the cream. Mix in the prawns and take the pan off the heat. Season to taste. 4. Place the cauliflower on a heated plate and pour the curry sauce over it. Sprinkle with dill. 5. Garnish with halved hard-boiled eggs and peas.
Approximately 325 calories per portion.
Translation from original Swedish via Google Translate
You will need 1 ⅔ lb. cabbage leaves 3 oz. ham ½ onion 3 tablespoons butter 1 cup milk 3 oz. white bread with crusts trimmed and cut into long strips 1 egg little MSG (monosodium glutamate) (optional) 1 egg, mixed with 1 cup milk little bread crumbs butter or vegetable oil 1 ¼ cups Béchamel sauce salt pepper
Garnish: 4 carrots, glazed 4 small-sized tomatoes pickled red cabbage ½ cup green peas
Slice both cabbage and ham in long strips. Chop the onions. Sauté them in butter. Add the milk, cover and simmer over low heat.
When vegetables are tender, turn off heat and cool. Add the bread, 1 egg, salt, pepper and MSG. Form 2 patties per person.
Dip the patties in the beaten egg and then in the bread crumbs twice. Heat vegetable oil and butter in a frying pan and brown them over medium heat. Lower heat, cover and cook, taking care not to burn.
Arrange the schnitzel with tomatoes, grazed [SIC] carrots, pickled red cabbage and green peas. Serve with hot Béchamel sauce.
1 cup Tomato Sauce Italiano (below), divided 1½ cups (10-ounce package) frozen chopped spinach 16 ounces cooked, dried soybeans
Bring ½ cup Tomato Sauce Italiano to a boil in a saucepan. Add spinach. Simmer covered, 5 minutes, or until spinach is cooked. Add remaining Tomato Sauce and soybeans. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes, or until heated throughout. Makes 2 dinner servings.
TOMATO SAUCE ITALIANO
4 cups mixed vegetable juice 2 tablespoons wine vinegar 2 packets beef broth and seasoning mix or 2 beef bouillon cubes 1 tablespoon onion powder Artificial sweetener to equal 4 teaspoons sugar 5 peppercorns 1 small garlic clove, minced 1 teaspoon basil leaves ½ teaspoon chili powder
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, for 40 minutes, or until mixture is reduced by half. Divide evenly. Makes 4 servings, about ½ cup each.
2 pounds top round steak, cut 1 inch thick ½ cup flour 1 teaspoon salt ⅛ teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons fat or cooking oil 1 can (8 ounces) tomatoes 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas 2 large onions, peeled and cut into ½-inch slices Hot cooked broad noodles
Cut the round steak into serving-size pieces. Combine the flour, salt and pepper. Pound the flour mixture into meat, using the edge of a heavy saucer or a meat tenderizer designed specifically for the purpose.
Melt fat in a large skillet over low heat. Put the meat into the skillet and brown it on both sides. Add the tomatoes; cover skillet and cook meat about 1 hour. Add the peas and place onion slices on top of meat. Continue to cook, covered, about ½ hour longer or until meat and onions are fork-tender. Serve on the hot cooked noodles with one or two slices of onion on top of each portion of meat. Pour pan drippings over all. Makes 6 to 8 servings.