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Choucroute garnie (Sauerkraut garnished with bacon and sausages)

July 24, 2017

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: about 4 minutes
To serve: 4-6

You will need
1 1/2 lb. fresh sauerkraut*
4 oz. smoked streaky bacon
1 1/2 oz. pork fat or butter
1 carrot, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
ground black pepper
4 crushed juniper berries (optional)
1/4 pin (U.S. 5/8 cup) dry white wine
3/4 pint (U.S. 1 7/8 cups) stock or water (or all stock)
1 lb. piece pickled belly pork
1 garlic sausage
4-6 frankfurters
plain boiled potatoes as required

*Sauerkraut is shredded white cabbage salted and fermented in wooden pickling tubs. It is available fresh from many delicatessen stores.

Put drained sauerkraut into a colander and steep in cold water for 20 minutes, changing the water 3 times. Drain and squeeze dry then unravel strands of cabbage as much as possible. Pre-heat oven to (300°F. or Gas Mark 2). Cut smoked bacon into strips 2-inches by 1/2-inch. Melt fat in a flameproof casserole and fry the bacon, carrot and onion lightly without browning. Stir in the sauerkraut and generous seasoning of black pepper. Add juniper berries (if used), wine and stock or water (or all stock). Bring to simmering point, cover tightly and transfer to centre of oven. Cook for 3 hours then bury the pork and garlic sausage in the sauerkraut and continue cooking another 1 -1 1/2 hours until meat is cooked and liquid absorbed. Add frankfurters 20 minutes before serving, and check seasoning. To serve spread the sauerkraut on a large hot dish. Arrange the thickly sliced pork and garlic sausage on top and surround with frankfurters and boiled potatoes.


© Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1968 English text © The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd. 1968

Lime Ribbon Delight

July 16, 2017



1 package of our white cake mix
1 cup boiling water
1 package (3 ounces) lime-flavored gelatin
1/2 cup fruit juice or water
1/2 cup drained crushed pineapple
1/4 cup chopped nuts
Few drops lemon juice
1 cup chilled whipping cream
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

Bake cake mix in 9-inch layer pan as directed on package. Cool. Pour boiling water over gelatin in bowl, stirring until gelatin is dissolved. Stir in fruit juice; chill until slightly thickened but not set. Stir in pineapple, nuts and lemon juice.

Place 2 strips of aluminum foil, 2 to 3 inches wide, in each of the layer pans, extending foil over edges of pans. Place a cooled cake layer in each pan, one layer right side up and one layer upside down. Spoon gelatin mixture evenly on the layers; chill until gelatin is firm.

In chilled bowl, beat cream and sugar until stiff. With extending foil strips, left cake out of pans; stack layers gelatin side up. Frost side of cake with whipped cream. Because of the gelatin and whipped cream, refrigerate any leftover cake.

For a St. Patrick’s Day touch, miniature while clay pipes decorate the pictured cake.


© Copyright 1971 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Let’s Make a Pie!

July 7, 2017

Hey kids! It’s time for the 2017 Pieathlon!

Every year at this time our friend Yinzerella over at Dinner Is Served 1972 lays down a vintage pie challenge. A group of retro food bloggers all submit pie recipes, and like a good gameshow hostess, Yinzerella spins a wheel and doles out assignments. This year, I got what’s behind Door #3! Monty Hall’s Angel Pie.

Of course, because I’m a generally unpleasant person with a vengeful streak I submitted a “Calorie-Wise Dessert” of Fluffy Lime Pies. I pity the blogger who got stuck with that.

Monty’s Angel Pie is a pretty basic recipe for a chocolate cream pie in a meringue shell. Nothing I couldn’t whip up half drunk on a Saturday night, which is exactly what I did.


With my bourbon at the ready I got baking.

The instructions were pretty basic. In fact, a little too basic in that they forgot to tell you what to do with the pecan pieces for the crust. Not that it’s hard to figure that out, but they were completely omitted from the process. So I just tossed ’em in and hoped for the best. (This is how my husband approaches our marriage.)

The crust took a little longer to cook than the recipe indicated, and perhaps I whipped up the meringue a bit longer than I should have because there was a significant volume of it, enough to fill the pie dish and a small soufflé dish.

The filling was quick and easy, but I think I fucked up a step because I read the directions of “Whip Cream” as that I was to add the whipped cream to the chocolate. Like I said, bourbon is my sous chef. ZONK!

While the filling firmed up nicely, it wasn’t as fluffy and light as it would have been if I had whipped the cream. Life is full of shoulda, woulda, couldas induced by bourbon. We move on.

Pie complete, I fed it to my unsuspecting neighbor who is a ready and willing experimentation subject. There were no complaints. He wouldn’t dare. I know where he lives.


Recipe from Cookbook of the Stars, Motion Picture Mothers, Inc., 1970

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To see the posts of other entries in the Pieathlon visit their websites:

Cheese Meringue Pie at Food and Wine Hedonist

Waffle Pie at Bittersweet Susie

Chicken Sausage Pies at Dinner is Served 1972

Apple Cheese Pie at A Book of Cookrye

Lemon Raisin Pie at Dr. Bobb’s Kitschen

Nutty Caramel Pies at Grannie Pantries

Vintage Apple Pie at Recipes 4 Rebels

Rum Pie at Silverscreen Suppers

Torta di Pisatchhio at Battenburgbelle

Fluffy Lime Pie at Retro Food for Modern Times

Fluffy Lime Pies

June 22, 2017

1 can (13 ounces) evaporated skim milk, chilled
1 cup boiling water
2 envelopes low-calorie lime-flavored gelatin
6 ice cubes
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon lemon juice
6 graham crackers, crushed
2 tablespoons sugar

Beat milk in chilled large mixer bowl on high speed until soft peaks form, about 5 minutes; reserve. Pour boiling water on gelatin in bowl; stir until gelatin is dissolved. Add ice cubes, stirring until cubes are melted and gelatin begins to thicken.

Beat gelatin into milk. Beat in 3/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat in lemon peel and lemon juice; continue beating until stiff peaks form. Mound filling in 2 ungreased 9-inch pie plates.

Mix cracker crumbs and 2 tablespoons sugar; sprinkle over pies. Refrigerate at least 3 hours but no longer than 8 hours.
12 SERVINGS, less than 100 calories per serving.


© 1975 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Refrigerator Cheese-Cake

June 20, 2017

1 level tablespoonful gelatine
3 oz. caster sugar
pinch of salt
1 egg yolk
1/4 pint milk
grated rind of 1/4 lemon
1 tablespoonful lemon juice
10 oz. plain cottage cheese, sieved
1 egg white
1/4 pint (4 tablespoonfuls) double cream
small pineapple rings and glacé cherries for decoration

CRUMB TOPPING:
2 oz. digestive biscuits
2 level teaspoonfuls caster sugar
1 oz. butter, melted.

1. In a pan blend together gelatine, 2 /14 oz. sugar and the salt. Beat together egg yolk and milk; gradually stir into pan. Bring just to the boil, stirring. Off heat add rind and lemon juice. Cool until beginning to set. Stir in cheese.

2. Whip egg white, add 1/2 oz. sugar and whisk again. Fold quickly into cheese mixture followed by whipped cream.

3. Turn mixture into a 6-in. spring-release cake tin fitted with fluted tubular base, or use a 6-in. ring tin lined round the sides only with greaseproof paper.

4. Crush digestive biscuits and stir in sugar and butter. Use to cover cheese-cake mixture. Press lightly. Chill until firm.

5. Turn out carefully. Decorate with halved rings of pineapple and glacé cherries.


SUGGESTED MENU
6/ Cream of Spinach Soup SET 1
37/Swedish Chicken Salad, Tomato and Watercress Salad, SET 2
Crusty French Bread
79/Refrigerator Cheese-cake SET 4
Numbers refer to other Good Housekeeping cards


Printed in Gt. Britain by Ritchie/Dickson Ltd.

Apple Jelly Ring

June 12, 2017

Cooking time: 15 mins.
Preparation time: 25 mins.
Main cooking utensils: large saucepan, 9-in. ring mold

For 8 servings you need:
8 dessert apples
2 1/2 cups water
juice of 2 lemons
grated ring of 2 lemons
1/4 cup sugar
2 packages lemon-flavored jello

Cheese balls:
3/4-1 cup cream cheese
1/2-3/4 cup blanched almonds

Decoration
slices dessert apple
squeeze lemon juice

1. Peel and core apples, cut into neat pieces, save few pieces of peel.

2. Put water, lemon juice, rind and sugar into pan, bring to boil.

3. Put pieces of apple into this syrup and poach very gently for 10 minutes.

4. Lift out the apples, and strain the syrup.

5. Measure and add enough water to give a good 3 1/2 cups.

6. Reheat, dissolve the lemon jellos in this liquid.

7. Pour very thin layer of jello into the mould, allow to set, arrange some of the apple pieces and thin strips of peel on this and cover with cold liquid jello. Leave to set.

8. Continue like this until mold is filled.

9. Split the almonds and brown for a minute under the broiler.

10. Mold cheese in balls and coat with the almonds.

TO SERVE: Dip mold in hot water for 30 seconds, turn out, and fill with cheese balls; decorate with apple slices dipped in lemon juice.


Printed in Canada. ©Copyright Paul Hamlyn Ltd 1967

Lobster Balls (Loong har kow)

June 6, 2017

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
To serve: 4

You will need
10 oz. lobster meat
1 oz. pork dripping
1 teaspoon cornflour
1/4 teaspoon pepper
pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon monosodium glutamate
1 teaspoon sherry
1 egg
3-4 slices bread
oil for frying

For garnish:
2-3 slices tomato
1 slice pineapple
1 glacé cherry
parsley

Mash the lobster with the dripping to a paste. Add cornflour, pepper, salt, monosodium glutamate and sherry and bind all together with the beaten egg. Shape into 12 balls. Cut the bread into very small squares, about 1/5 inch. Dip the lobster balls into the bread and deep fry for about 5 minutes. Drain and serve garnished with tomato, pineapple butterflies, glacé cherry and parsley.
Note Lobster balls are very good as an hors d’oeuvre or at cocktail parties.


© Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1968
English text ©Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1968